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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Pony Trotsky, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Pony Trotsky

    Pony Trotsky In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Good morning.


    Being new to chickens, I spend a fair amount of time researching breeds and breed characteristics. If I hear about a breed that sounds interesting, I'll often do a Google image search on it. So far so good, but here's the odd thing: it seems like every time I click on a really great looking backyard bird or small hatchery, it turns out to be in the UK!

    I'm not talking about "show" birds here, but about regular, everyday chickens. The British ones just seem nicer all around - sturdier, prettier, and more "type-y," but without being exaggerated in any way.

    So what's up with this? Am I imagining it, or do Brits just have unusually nice chickens?

  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    It's true.....but being a Brit I WOULD say that.

    Actually I think there are some amazing birds on you 'side of the pond'.

    We seem to have sturdy type chickens over her....maybe they need to be to withstand the wet and wind.
  3. LeelooD

    LeelooD In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    NW Florida
    Well, they do have more hobbyists over there since chicken laws seem to be looser in the UK. Perhaps a larger hobbyist market creates more breeders and diversity. I actually like to hang out on a UK board since they are more encouraging of the hobbyist chicken-keeper. A lot of chicken people on this board can get a bit snotty and condescending about it at times so I mostly lurk.
  4. Pony Trotsky

    Pony Trotsky In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    ^ That's an interesting idea, leelooD, and it makes good sense. More knowledgeable hobbyist breeders probably would produce a better over-all population.


    Coming from the horse world, the idea of being "snobby" about chickens still strikes me as very comical - but it does seem like people can be snobby about pretty much anything, if they really set their minds to it.
  5. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Hey, it's just a matter of opinion. I personally prefer the looks of most American type birds to the UK types. Just my opinion, I'm not wrong, and neither is anyone else.
    Mitch [​IMG]
  6. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Greenford, Ohio
    Quote:So True!
  7. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Have you not heard that old saying? The chickens are always prettier on the other side of the ocean...... [​IMG]

  8. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC

    Accurate statement and [​IMG]
  9. Charm1704

    Charm1704 Songster

    Sep 30, 2010
    Elgin, Tx
    Older Country..were younger than they are..........[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] But let GREEN FIRE FARMS IMPORT somehing new and everyone flocks to get it!! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG] AND SPENDS BIG $$$$$$$$$ ~Charm1704
  10. CrazyCatCulby

    CrazyCatCulby In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    southwest Michigan
    Quote:Yes, agreed, but here in Michigan we have cold wet weather at least 6 months of the year, and even more so up north. I only have one RIR hen at the moment, and I feel that we have some great chickens in my area but they just need more publicity. (LOL)

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