The Lille Collection of Preserved Breeds, Part 2

The Lille Collection of Preserved Breeds, Part 2
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes By Stuart Sutton, England The Collection of preserved poultry of the Natural History Museum of Lille is one of the best kept, largest and most interesting in Europe. It dates back to 1823. This series details many of the birds in its collection. Dorkings Roman writer, Columella, described the Dorking as having a square frame and large and broad breast, large head and five claws. Both the 1864 and 1901 males pictured could be said to look smaller in size, slightly taller and less cloddy than today’s birds. Whether it was an indigenous fowl in Britain is debatable, and the great Victorian poultry authority Lewis Wright, certainly thought the Dorking originated from fowl descended from prized birds bred in Rome. Interestingly, William Tegetmeier, another famous poultry expert, thought that the Dorking breed had been spoiled by a Mr. Douglas, whom he said, “had

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