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Rare Poultry Breeds Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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- Publisher : Crowood Press; 1st ed. edition (November 1, 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1861268890
- ISBN-13 : 978-1861268891
- Item Weight : 2.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.78 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book lists just about every chicken breed of European origin with information on each, and photos or illustrations of most. Some more obscure breeds only get a paragraph or two, and some important breeds get several pages. There are some good modern photographs, and some breathtaking ancient paintings.
One aspect that is fascinating is how there is sort of a continuum of breeds across the continent of Europe. They have different names, origins, histories, etc, but each locality has breeds that are similar to those in the next region over, and the birds change more and more with geographic distance. I think this is part of why we haven't heard of many of the breeds in America: many of them are similar, but all worth studying.
Did you think that the Sicilian Buttercup was the only breed with a buttercup comb? Think again. This book has a whole chapter on cup--combed breeds. Etc, etc, etc.
Well-written, concise, and well-organized. You need this book.
The book might have been better titled Rare Chicken Breeds, as there are no turkeys or waterfowl.
Rare Poultry Breeds is strictly about the rare chicken breeds - there are no Leghorns described here, no Cochins, Brahmas, Orpingtons, Plymouth Rocks or even Polish. Game breeds are left out, better described in other books. (But while the breeds Malay and Aseel are not included, Cubalaya and the Madagascar Game are.)
A partial list of breeds includes: Bergische Kraeher, Dutch Owlbeard, Brakel, Malines, Red Caps, La Bresse, Brabanconne, Frizzles, La Fleche, Deutsches Reichshuhn, Scots Greys, Onagadori, Marsh Daisy, Norfolk Greys, Yokohamas, and Naked Necks. For each breed standard-size fowls and bantams are described together. Details include when each breed was made, who made them, and when they were most popular. There is information on breeding in Germany, where the exhibition chicken hobby is largest. You will read about the differences between similar European breeds, some of them genuinely obscure.
In the section on American breeds there is a discussion of why the German Dominique is different from the American version, plus you can read about Jersey Giants, Delawares, Hollands, and more. There are articles on bantam-only breeds like Booteds, the German bantam, Burmese and Nankins. There is a chapter on autosexing breeds.
Langshans get their own chapter, and the differences between the British Croad Langshan, American Langshan, Modern Langshan, and German Langshan are clearly explained.
The reader will make new discoveries: I learned that Lincolnshire Buffs are bred with 5 toes! I was excited to read about the Ptarmigan and other extinct breeds.
I was only disappointed that, although the Sicilian Buttercup was mentioned, Italian breeds seemed to be left out. I would like to have read about the Polverara, and Valdarno. Excepting the (not rare enough) Minorca, all Spanish breeds seemed to be included, even the Penedesenca.
The photographs by John Tarren are excellent, as are other photos by Hans Schippers, and Julia Keeling. The paintings by Kurt Zander and Van Gink are outstanding; plus a few more by A. J. Simpson and J. W. Ludlow.
The photo of the Buff Catalana is actually a German-type Buff Leghorn. The Orloff on the bottom of page 91 is a male, not a female.
This book is very much worth owning. You will be pleased.