[Sca-cooks] something to ponder (old chicken breeds)
jendobyns at verizon.net
Wed Jun 11 06:53:06 PDT 2008
This has been interesting, hopefully I can add something useful to
the conversation as my first post, a link for the American Rare
Breeds Conservancy. They have a section on poultry that could be
And as for period chicken size, my understanding is that they should
be quite small. Even by the 18th Century, chickens were still much
smaller than they are today (my 18C foodie friends refer to the big
ones at the supermarket as "franken chickens"). Somewhat bigger than
a cornish game hen, but much smaller that what Mr. Purdue produces.
Perhaps it's time to start investigating period paintings for evidence?
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