Two RARE BREEDS of fowl that will be exhibited in this year’s show
The first RARE BREED featured at this years show will be the COCHIN
One is the COCHIN – that were introduced into England in 1843 from the country of that name in Vietnam. Sir Edward Belcher presented early Cochins to Queen Victoria on his return from his around the world voyage. They caused a sensation due to their gigantic size. They were first known as the Shanghai fowl, and then Cochin-China Fowl later shortened to Cochin. A male can weigh up to 13 lbs, but looks even larger with their fluffy plumage. No other fowl presents such delightful softness of fluff or greater charm.
Until very recently Cochins were all but extinct in Australia. After many years of breeding, the breed has been recreated in Australia with various colours currently emerging. These are very quiet, gentle birds which can make wonderful pets or backyard birds. They are easily contained, gentle giants with good mothering abilities. Even roosters will tenderly care for young chickens.
The second RARE BREED featured at this years show will be the HOUDAN
The HOUDAN is the oldest of the French Breeds and a great favourite with anyone who views them. Originally produced as a high class table fowl, the Houdan is non broody, very hardy, is thrifty on the feed and a good layer of medium sized, white eggs.
Pronounced ‘oodan’ the Houdan has a glossy black feathering with white mottling. Originally the Houdan was kept by many local farmers living in the vicinity of the market town Houdan, near Paris.
Here is another well known (and Australia’s own) breed: the AUSTRALORP
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