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Poultry Characteristics Tails: by Joseph Batty (Author)

This book set out to explain the different tails and relate them to the various breeds. any thanks are offered to fanciers who made contributions to the book by sending photographs which have been included in this book.

The domesticated fowl has developed from the Jungle Fowl and has gradually evolved over many generations. the most significant changes tool place after 1850 , due primarily to the discovery of a number of new breeds, notably the Brahmas, Cochin and Langshans, and secondly, to the so-called "Hen Fever" that started around that time. This was the heyday of the poultry shows when all levels of society were stimulated to take part in producing standard breeds of fowl for the many shows that were organized.

The earlier birds had the conventional Jungle Fowl tail or the whip tail of the Malays and similar Asian fowl. With the introduction of the new breeds, brought about by crossing with the three breeds mentioned, a multitude of newly formed characteristics emerged. The Brahmas and Cochins introduced a larger size and heavily feathered birds. On the tail there were introduced the "cushion" and the soft, mounded collection of feathers; the tall, hard sickle feathers were no longer apparent. This applied to Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Jersey Giants and many others. the diversity was enormous and all had to be set down in the standard descriptions.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W photos & illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 1857361776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857361773
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x  .9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 331 g


1.  Background
2.  Body of the Fowl
3.  Classification of Tails
4.  What to Avoid
5.  Some Odds & Ends