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Rare breed chicken reintroduced

Pupils from the Gleed Boys' School with a Lincolnshire Buff chicken
Pupils from the Gleed Boys' School with a Lincolnshire Buff chicken

An unusual project involving a rare breed of Lincolnshire chicken and the National Lottery is being taken on by students at Gleed Boys' School in Spalding.

The boys have received more than £22,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to allow them to rear Lincolnshire Buff chickens which became extinct in the 1920s.

Riseholme Agricultural College in Lincoln pioneered work to reintroduce the breed in the 1980s.

Alternative curriculum manager at Gleed Boys' School Kevin Cooper explained more about why they are involved: "About a year ago we had a new year group come in and we normally have a project for each year but we unexpectedly got this new group so we had to look around to find a project.

"The head of pastoral care just happened to mention one day when we were on the internet, researching, that there was such a thing as a Lincolnshire Buff chicken that became extinct in the 1920s but has been reintroduced. As you can imagine all the lads ears pricked up with thoughts of Jurassic Park and reintroducing a species. So, we looked into it more and more and we found there is a Lincolnshire Buff society."

Lucy Hampstead-Taylor from the Lincolnshire Buff Poultry Society explained what made the Lincolnshire Buff so special: "The breed is quite unusual in that it has five toes where most breeds of chicken only have four. They are quite attractive and are a buff colour as the name implies with black feathers in the tail. They have white legs, a single comb and bright orange eyes."


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