Old Poultry Breeds

Overview

Originating from jungle fowl, domesticated poultry was kept as far back as 2000 BC, and cockfighting was described by the historian Manu as early as 1000 BC. In more recent times many landowners in Britain bred splendid pure game fowl, but in commercial farming terms the pure breeds of poultry were of little interest compared to the hybrid bird. In the 1950s and 1960s many of the old breeds of poultry dwindled alomost to the point of extinction, but a resurgence of interest came just in time to save them. This ...

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Overview

Originating from jungle fowl, domesticated poultry was kept as far back as 2000 BC, and cockfighting was described by the historian Manu as early as 1000 BC. In more recent times many landowners in Britain bred splendid pure game fowl, but in commercial farming terms the pure breeds of poultry were of little interest compared to the hybrid bird. In the 1950s and 1960s many of the old breeds of poultry dwindled alomost to the point of extinction, but a resurgence of interest came just in time to save them. This book illustrates many of these, describing the historical background and the breeds imported from Asia, America, and Europe. Bantams and large fowl are covered, and there is a chapter on turkeys.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747803966
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Shire Library Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,170,610
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Hams was born on a poultry farm in Kent, where pedigree strains of popular birds were bred. He has been a Panel A Poultry Club judge since 1980, and is a consultant editor of Practical Poultry magazine. Today he breeds Scots Dumpy Bantams in several colours, and select strains of yesterday's utility breeds.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Asiatic Breeds
British Breeds
Mediterranean Breeds
Other European Breeds
Composite Breeds
The Utlity Poultry Strains
The True Bantams
Bantams as Miniatures of Large Fowl
Turkeys
The Poultry Clubs
Further Reading
Places to Visit

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