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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The Game cock, as the undisputed king of all poultry, requires more careful judging in regard to shape, than any other bird. The Brown-reds have long been most perfect in outline; but the following description will apply to a perfect bird of any breed., " The beak should be strong, curved, long, and sharp; the comb single, small, and thin, low in front, erect, and evenly serrated; it is usually red, but sometimes darkish red. Head long and sharp, with the face and throat lean and thin. Earlobes small and red, never whitish. Neck long, strong, and Well known for his annotations on the breeds of Game in the Poultry Chronicle, under the signature of " Newmarket." GAME. 119 well arched; the hackle short, hard, close, firm, and broad in the feather. Back short, and very hard both in flesh and feather; broad at shoulders, narrow at tail, and rounded at the sides. Breast broad and very hard, but not by any means too lean or too full--the last would be useless weight; a good hard breast is most essential, as it is the most vulnerable part of the bird. The rump should be narrow, neat, and short, the saddle feathers close, hard, and short. Wings very strong, and of a just medium length, well rounded to the body, and carried neither high nor low, but so as to protect the thighs. Very longwinged birds are usually too long in the body, and short-winged birds too broad in the stern. Tail neither long nor short, but medium length, and carried erect to show good spirit, but not ' squirrel-fashion' over the back; it should be well ' fanned, ' or spreading, and the sickle feathers of a good round full curve, and standing clearly above the points of the quill tail-feathers. Very long-tailed birds are soft and long-bodied, and shorttailed birds are too...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594886
  • 9781236594884