The Magical Chickens of Martin Silverudd

The Magical Chickens of Martin Silverudd
Add to Favorites By Paul Bradshaw Every nation seems to have its share of backyard scientists who are compelled to tinker with the chicken genome in order to create a superior breed of birds. Most fail, but a few lucky ones create fantastic chickens of enduring value. Britain’s history is rife with examples including William Cook, who created the Orpington in 1886, and Sir John Saunders Sebright, who created a beautiful bantam by the same name. Across the ocean, in 1896 Nettie Metcalf became the only American woman to create a breed — the Buckeye — that was later adopted into APA’s Standard of Perfection. Despite these remarkable achievements, few if anyone can match the creative results of Martin Silverudd, a little-known Swedish monk who in the mid-20th Century and brought to life almost a half-dozen chicken breeds that exist today. Father Silverudd deserves recognition for being perhaps the most

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