Poultry Blips from American History

Poultry Blips from American History
By Doug Ottinger – The history of chickens and other domestic species of poultry has long been an integral part of our American history. From the earliest colonists arriving on sailing ships, frontier settlers, and pet chickens at the White House, we as Americans have always loved poultry. From the earliest days at Plimoth Plantation to the colonial era, chickens and other fowl were repeatedly mentioned. Red Dorking fowl were kept by the Pilgrims at Plimoth. Years later, written records from Colonial Williamsburg would indicate that some breeds we call heritage chicken breeds today, including Dorkings, Dominiques, and Hamburgs were common. Fancy breeds such as Polish, Silkies, and Nankin bantams were also kept by the wealthier citizens. Roosters and rooster behavior were admired by the early citizens. Fighting cocks were admired for their bravery and willingness to defend their flocks and territory. To many, they symbolized a firm, fighting resolve to

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