Lincolnshire buffs were developed in the 1850’s mainly to supply the London market with meat, although they were noted to be good layers of winter eggs, quite a rarity in those days. Similar birds were also known to be reared around the southern homesteads, but the Lincolnshire variety was the best known around that time.
I bought my first Lincolnshire Buffs in November 1997 and hatched my first chicks in March 1998. The old hen in the photo on the right hatched from that first sitting of eggs and was one of my favourite ever hens. She won best Lincolnshire Buff Hen at the National Poultry Show in her second year.