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Japanese Bantam Chicken

The Japanese Bantam chicken goes back years, probably as way back as in the 7th Century. The Chabo Bantam as it was called then, is a Japanese fowl and was introduced in Europe some time in the 16th Century. “Chabo” actually means little, bantam, miniature, dwarfish.  It lives up to that name because there aren’t […]

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Pekin Chicken

When the British army returned from Peking, China, in the 1860s, they brought with them their first Peking chicken to the UK. Since then this Peking chicken breed has been interbred with American Cochin bantams, arriving today at what is now known as the Pekin Chicken. There is no larger counterpart of the Pekin bantam. They […]

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Houdan Chicken

Houdan Chickens are a French bred chicken, being named after the French city, Houdan, about 100 miles away from Paris. The city of Houdan was always associated with producing poultry and supplying Paris with its eggs and meat. The Houdan was once known as the Normandy Fowl. It is thought that this breed dates back to […]

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Marans Chicken

Marans chickens origins can be traced back France. They are hybrid birds of the Faverolles, Langshan, English Games and Coucou De Malines. At the 1914 national exhibition in France, the Marans made their debut as a ‘country hen’. Still seen in France today are the original type birds with the slightly feathered legs. There are a […]

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Araucana Chicken

Araucana Chickens originate from South America; in fact, they’re named from the Arauca Indians from Chile. In the early 1900s, they were introduced to Europe. There are claims that they have been around already since the middle of the 16th century. Originally these birds had large and floppy pea combs, but these have now been bred […]

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Ancona Chicken

Ancona chickens originated from Italy, from Marche. It got its name from the capital of March; Ancona, a seaport. The culture in Italy was one of fine cuisine, beautiful artworks, and beautiful music, and the beautiful Ancona Chicken became part of that culture, thriving in its home environment. Because of their popularity, the bird spread to […]

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Serama Chicken

Serama Chickens comes from Malaysia, from the hot jungles where the temperatures are high. As a result of careful cross-breeding of several chicken breeds, we have the Serama. It is believed that the Serama’s ancestry dates back to as way back as the 1600s, being associated with the like of the then Thai King, name of […]

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Barnevelder Chicken

There is a town in the district of Utrecht called Barnevelder, in the Netherlands. It boasted an agriculture college that specialized in poultry. Back in the day, around the 1930s, this area was noted to have exported over 40-million eggs in a year. It would appear that this is where the Barnevelder Chicken gets its name […]

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Frizzle Chicken

Many people believe that the Frizzle chicken originates from Asia, but others say it originates from England and India. Some texts say that in the 1800s, the Frizzles originated from countries like Egypt and South Africa as well. But the fact remains that that have been around for many hundreds of years in different qualities, gradually […]

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Cochin Chicken

In the chicken world, if you see a big feathery ball of fluff and feathers strut past, you are probably looking at a Cochin Chicken! Perhaps they don’t lay eggs so bountifully, but they certainly are highly popular because of their lovely personalities. Cochin Chickens started becoming really well known in the 1800s when they were given […]

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