The Brahma Fowl: A Monograph
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Page 40 - 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 40 - Arabian breed hang lank, and closer to the neck than those of most others. The bars across the legs, both of the hybrid and of the colt and filly, are more strongly defined, and darker than those on the legs of the quagga, which are very slightly marked; and though the hybrid has several quagga marks, which the colt and filly have not, yet the most striking, namely, the stripes on the fore-hand, are fewer and less apparent than those on the colt and filly.
Page 40 - 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 lias seen a second hybrid of the same parentage similarly striped.
Page 38 - ... 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 39 - 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 39 - 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 26 - 52 I had a most excellent run of luck with these birds. I distributed them all over the country, and obtained very fair prices for them ; and, finally, the idea occurred to me that a present of a few of the choicest of these • birds to the Queen of England wouldn't prove a very bad advertisement for me in this line. I had already reaped the full benefit accruing from this sort of ' disinterested generosity ' on my part towards certain American notables, and I put my newly-conceived plan into execution...