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Old Poultry Breeds.shire Album 35

Hams, Fred

ISBN 10: 085263434X / ISBN 13: 9780852634349
Published by Shire, UK, 1978
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Old Poultry Breeds.shire Album 35

Publisher: Shire, UK

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Soft Cover

Illustrator: Photos & Plates

Book Condition:Very Good

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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 almost 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.

About 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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