The Muirfield Black Rock chicken is one of the most popular choices for free range poultry keeping, both domestically and commercially.
There are plenty of reasons for this : their hardiness, shell quality, productivity, active ranging, longevity, and they are great characters.
More superficially, the Black Rock is an extremely attractive bird, predominantly black with variable amounts of chestnut colouring around the neck.
Peter Siddons was the breeder of the Black Rock at his Muirfield farm, Kinross for over 65 years, having taken over parent stock from Arbour Acre. In recent years, his failing health prompted the move of all the birds to us at Crosslee Farm, Bridge of Weir, where we are continuing his work, in association with Peters daughters, Kate and Gillian.
The Black Rock is sex – linked : the boys and girls identifiable at hatching, due to the crossing of the silver gene in the Barred Rock with the gold gene of the Rhode Red parent stocks. These parent flocks are also held solely at the hatchery, and fresh stocks are bred each year. There is longevity and vigour bred into these parents, with good fertility remaining – we hatch from 7 year old hens with success. These parent lines go back 150 years .. a unique genetic legacy that has proven itself without compare.