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Cornish Chicken Breed

Cornish Chicken Breed

Cornish Chicken Profile

The Cornish chicken breed was developed in south west England in the early 1800’s. The chicken breed was bred for cockfighting in Devon and Cornwall by crossing Malays, Red Aseels, and Black Breasted Red Pit Game Fowls. Credited with development of the breed was Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert.

The Cornish Chicken Breed was later developed into exhibition fowl, named Indian Game. The original Cornish chicken breed has now evolved into a stocky show chicken that appears heart shaped when viewed from above. The first Cornish breeds were often described as “blocky, Aseel-like game fowl”. By 1910 the breed became known as Cornish fowls and were admitted into the American Standard as the Cornish Indian Game.

The Cornish chicken breed has a short, stocky build in both roosters and hens. Their feathers are short in length and hard.

Cornish Chicken Breed Profile

Class: English

Varieties: Dark, White, White Laced, Red, Buff

Weight:     Rooster: 10.5lbs     Hen:8lbs     Cockerel:8.5lbs     Pullet:6.5lbs

Comb: Moderately small pea

Tail: Short and carried just below the horizontal

Legs: Legs and toes are shades of yellow. Short, stout legs that are set wide apart

Eggs: Small and light brown

 

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