The Brahma Fowl: A Monograph

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Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, 1870 - Brahma chicken - 144 pages
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Page 33 - ... produced, more or less plainly coloured slaty-blue, with some or all of the proper characteristic marks. I may recall to the reader's memory one case, namely, that of a pigeon, hardly distinguishable from the wild Shetland species, the grandchild of a red-spot, white fantail, and two black barbs, from any of which, when purely-bred, the production of a pigeon coloured like the wild U. livia, would have been almost a prodigy.
Page 35 - Gosse, speaking of these animals says, ' That in a great number, perhaps in nine out of every ten, the legs are banded with transverse dark stripes.
Page 35 - Knowsley from a female of this species by a male domestic ass, had all four legs transversely and conspicuously striped, had three short stripes on each shoulder, and had even some zebra-like stripes on its face ! Dr. Gray informs me that he had seen a second hybrid of the same parentage similarly striped.
Page 33 - All who know anything of the breeding of poultry will admit that tens of thousands of pure Spanish and of pure white Silk fowls might have been reared without the appearance of a red feather.
Page 11 - I bred these, with other grey stock I had, at once, and soon had a fine lot of birds to dispose of — to which I gave what I have always deemed their only true and appropriate title (as they came from Shanghae), to wit, Grey Shanghaes. " In 1851 and '52 I had a most excellent run of luck...
Page 34 - Now there is some reason to believe *• that cross-bred animals between two kinds, both of which are good milkers, such as Alderneys and Shorthorns, often turn out worthless in this respect. In the chapter on the Horse reasons were assigned for believing that the primitive stock was striped and dun-coloured ; and details were given, showing that in all parts of the world stripes of a dark colour frequently...
Page 35 - such mules are generally light-coloured, and might be called fallow-duns. The shoulder-stripe in one instance was deeply forked at the extremity, and in another instance was double, although united in the middle. Mr. Martin gives a figure of a Spanish mule with strong zebra-like marks on its legs, and remarks that mules are particularly liable to be thus striped on their legs.
Page 34 - I was not able to prove that stripes are generally produced from the crossing of two distinct breeds, neither of which are duns, .though this does sometimes occur. " The legs of the ass are often striped, and this may be considered as a reversion .to the wild parent form, the Asinus taniopus of Abyssinia, which is thus striped.
Page 34 - I have not acquired any distinct evidence that the crossing of differently-coloured varieties of the ass brings out the stripes. But now let us turn to the result of crossing the horse and ass. Although mules are not nearly so numerous in England as asses, I have seen a much greater number with striped legs, and with the stripes far more conspicuous than in either...
Page 33 - ... mongrels feathers of this colour appeared ; and one magnificent bird, the offspring of a black Spanish cock and white silk hen, was coloured almost exactly like the wild Gallus bankiva. All who know anything of the breeding of poultry will admit that tens of thousands of pure Spanish and of pure...

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