The Poultry Book 1867

The Poultry Book 1867

This was a revised and updated version of The Poultry Book from 1853. The new version was published by a different company who showed both offices in London and New York so it’s a reasonable assumption the book was also published in the United States.

William Bernhardt Tegetmeier

William Bernhardt Tegetmeier

As with its predecessor, the colour pictures were by the famous Harrison Weir. Printing was still by Leighton, Brothers who had printed the earlier edition. It is subtitled “Comprising the breeding and management of profitable and ornamental poultry; their qualities and characteristics”; to which is added “The Standard of Excellence in Exhibition Birds, authorized by the poultry club

The new author credited was William Bernhardt Tegetmeier (1816 – 1912).

Tegetmeier was a noted poultry breeder and judge, naturalist and correspondent with Charles Darwin. A fellow of the zoological society, he was the author of a number of books including Profitable Poultry and Poultry as Agricultural Stock. He contributed a chapter to the 1853 edition as well as taking on The Poultry Book 1867.

His work on pigeon breeding became a collaboration with Charles Darwin and his interest in homing pigeons led to their use a messengers by the armed forces. He also organised the first pigeon races. Not a bad epitaph for anyone.

Bantam Chickens Origins

Bantam Chickens Origins

The Origins of Bantam Chickens From the Poultry Book of 1867 It is usually stated in works on Poultry, that the smaller varieties of domesticated fowls, known under the general name of Bantams, are the descendants of certain distinct species...
Origin of Brahma Chickens

Origin of Brahma Chickens

The 1867 edition of the Poultry Book was in contradiction to the earlier 1853 edition regarding the origins of the Brahma Chickens as the excerpt below shows. Origin of Brahma Chickens ALTHOUGH Brahmas are amongst the latest introductions into...
Origin of The Frizzled Fowl

Origin of The Frizzled Fowl

This article on the origin of the frizzled fowl is extracted from The Poultry Book of 1867. Note: The Mr C Darwin referred to is the famous Charles Darwin, author of the work that introduced the theory of evolution On the Origin of Species Origin...
Origin of the Turkey

Origin of the Turkey

Mr Tegetmeier starts with a very controversial proposition regarding the origin of the turkey as a domestic animal. Origin of the Turkey From the Poultry Book 1867 The origin of the Turkey of our farm yards is, like that of many other of...
Origins of Guinea Fowl

Origins of Guinea Fowl

From The Poultry Book 1867 The Guinea Fowl Guinea fowls, of which there are eight distinct species at present known to naturalists, are all natives of the African continent, or of the adjacent Island of Madagascar. They constitute the genus N...
Sebastopol Geese AKA Sevastopol Geese

Sebastopol Geese AKA Sevastopol Geese

The old spelling of Sebastopol which is now commonly called Sevastopol seems to have stuck when applied to this breed of goose. The curled feather of Sebastopol geese were much prized as being the best down for stuffing pillows. Nowadays they are...
Sultan Fowls | Chickens of the Sultan

Sultan Fowls | Chickens of the Sultan

Extract from The Poultry Book of 1867 Sultan Fowls Sultan fowls, or Feather-footed White Polish, are a very elegant and pleasing variety. They were first imported into this country from Turkey, by Miss Watts of Hampstead.  Their exceedingly ...
Dark & Light Brahma Chickens

Dark & Light Brahma Chickens

Dark versus Light Brahma Chickens There was some argument as to whether the dark and light Brahmas were the same breed or actually from different origins. Judging from these wood engravings from the 1867 edition of the Poultry Book there conformation...
Begum Pilly Gaguzes - Indian Chickens

Begum Pilly Gaguzes - Indian Chickens

From the Poultry Book of 1867 - I just love the name "Begum Pilly Gaguzes" The Domestic Fowls of India In the chapter on the Malay fowls, we have alluded to the general characters of the domesticated Indian varieties, some of which are of large...
Spanish Chickens & Colombian Chickens

Spanish Chickens & Colombian Chickens

THE SPANISH CHICKENS The geographical names by which the majority of the different breeds of our domestic poultry are at present known to us are unquestionably erroneous. Cochins were unknown in Cochin China until introduced into that country ...
Feathers on Spangled Hamburgh Chickens

Feathers on Spangled Hamburgh Chickens

Feather of Lancashire Mooney Hen Feather of Golden Pheasant Hen Feather of Silver Pheasant Hen Wing Feather of Silver Mooney Chicken Hackle of full-feathered Silver Mooney Cock Hackle of Hen-feathered Silver Mooney Cock Saddle...
Golden Pencilled Hamburgh Chickens

Golden Pencilled Hamburgh Chickens

Pencilled Hamburgh chickens of both varieties are scarcely to be surpassed in beauty by any of the other denizens of the poultry yard: the slight compact form of the hens; their sprightly, active, cheerful carriage; and the contrast of their ample...
Silver Spangled Hamburgh Chickens

Silver Spangled Hamburgh Chickens

In the Silver spangled Hamburgh chickens, as in the Golden, two different varieties are included. The Lancashire Silver Mooneys, which were bred and exhibited in Lancashire by the old clubs, and the Yorkshire Silver-pheasant fowls. Lancashire Silver...
Origins of Polish Chickens

Origins of Polish Chickens

Of all the breeds, the Polish are my favourite. They just remind me of Edwardian ladies with their large hats, elegantly promenading up and down the pier at Brighton. Sadly the scan wasn't very good but I've done my best with it. There's a long...
Keeping Polish Chickens

Keeping Polish Chickens

Some help and tips on keeping Polish chickens from the Poultry Book 1867 Importance of Shelter for Keeping Polish Chickens There is little doubt in my mind that this (illness) is greatly induced by the large quantity of moisture the top-knots will...
Duck Winged Game Fowl

Duck Winged Game Fowl

In duck winged game fowl the cocks, to be correct in colour, should have the hackle nearly clear white, with a very slight tinge of straw colour, without any decided yellow tinge or dark streak on the feather. It may be asked, Where are we to see...
French Poultry Breeds & Business

French Poultry Breeds & Business

In the 1860's the British woke up to the French dominance in the poultry business and French poultry breeds. In Britain there were few farmers concentrating on poultry. Most of our farmers merely had a few birds scratching around the yard and the...
Crevecoeur Chickens

Crevecoeur Chickens

I must admit I find the painting of the Crevecoeur chickens quite scary - all in black except for the red devil's horns In the 1867 Poultry Book the editor / author Mr Tegetmeier discusses the French poultry industry which was far in advance...
La Fleche Chickens

La Fleche Chickens

On of the popular French table breeds in the 1800's, La Fleche chickens were somewhat similar to the Crevecoeurs with their combs being horn shaped. I'm not sure I'd like to meet one on a dark night though! The Poultry Book of 1867 has just...
Houdan Chickens

Houdan Chickens

Houdan chickens were commonly kept in France as a meat bird. It's surprising that they could eat something so beautiful, but I suppose it made a nice change from snails and frogs legs. They are very similar in appearance to the Polish breeds with ...
Cross Breeding - Hybrid Chickens

Cross Breeding - Hybrid Chickens

We think of cross-breeding and hybrid chickens as being modern developments that have given us the extremely productive egg laying birds and super-fast growth of table birds. The curious fact is that cross breeding was known about and common amongst...
Peafowl - Peacocks & Peahens

Peafowl - Peacocks & Peahens

Most people refer to the peacock when talking about the species but they're properly known as peafowl with the gloriously plumaged male being the peacock and the dowdy females the peahens. The Poultry Book 1867 had this to say about the peafowl:...

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