I recently read Andrew Lawler's well-researched and well-written book, "Why Did the Chicken Cross the World" and in honor of National Poultry Day today, I posted a few items from the book that I found interesting.
The book offers a thorough background on Red Jungle Fowl, as well as a chapter dedicated to the history and practice of cock-fighting. Also quite a bit about Queen Victoria and her cochins and the "hen fever" that boosted the popularity of keeping chickens in the mid-1800's. Definitely worth a read and a great gift for any flock keeper.
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My little flock includes Pippa, a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle, Ginger, an EE and three babies added January 2016 - Bella the BO, Ava the Australorp and Nugget, a RIR.