I read about "hen fever" that swept America starting in the mid-1800s

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  1. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading about Cochins on The livestock Conservancy website. http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/cochin

    "Together with the Brahma chicken, the Cochin fueled what became known as 'hen fever' – a national obsession for all things poultry that overtook America and England around 1850."

    I had not heard about "hen fever" before. I suppose the feather-legged Cochins and Brahmas were so different from what was known to Americans and British that people became interested in these new breeds.
     
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It is funny what becomes an obsession with people isn't it. I guess Hen Fever wasn't as strange as the Tulip Mania, but you do have to wonder what combination of factors it takes to get something like that together. Pot Bellied Pigs, Llamas, remember when everybody had to have a Saint Bernard in the 1970's, for Dalmatians blame Disney.
     
  3. miss heny

    miss heny Genetic Expert in learning Premium Member

    And the seramas!

    Yea I wanted some but for pets really not breeding (okay maybe hatch a coupe of eggs here and there...)
     
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Hen fever" must have been partly the result of newspapers and magazines publishing articles about them, I would think.

    I remember Dobermans being very popular in the 1970s. It might have been partly because of movies like "The Amazing Dobermans."

    It is difficult to determine all the factors that go into making an animal popular. In some cases it might just be the uniqueness of an animal, such as the all black Ayam Cemani that people are now paying $2,500 per chick.
     
  5. miss heny

    miss heny Genetic Expert in learning Premium Member

    :thud I'll wait a few years for them thank you. I may love how the bird looks but in truth is is only worth as much as the person is willing to pay for it!
    Horse market anyone?
     
  6. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are right.

    I wouldn't pay one cent for a chick breed that has all black meat. They are just to show off to friends and start conversations. That same thing can be done with many breeds that cost less than $3 a chick, and they are much more useful.
     
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  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    double thud, pretty birds, but there are quite a few other birds that look close enough for $5 thank you.
    Ya, can we say Arabian Halter Horse Market, talk about a crash.
    Just need to figure out what the next fad is so you can get in on the ground floor.
     
  8. miss heny

    miss heny Genetic Expert in learning Premium Member

    Sadly peoples minds are to sporadic to understand :p at least those without OCD (the chicken type)
     

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