Although I have grown up in suburbia, I am a fan of chickens.
When I was browsing at a local church thrift shop, this book popped out and was interesting to me.
This manual, Judging Poultry for Production, was written in 1930 by James E. Rice, Goldan O. Hall, and Dean R. Marble.
There are comparisons of beaks,
and other attributes that make for excellent chickens.
My own dad was a pigeon fancier. He had many journals that described the best qualities of racing pigeons. He came from the Bronx and Queens, and this was a very urban hobby for men of that era. I would go with my dad to Maspeth, Queens with wicker baskets of racing birds. We would load them onto a special truck which would take them hundreds of miles away. The birds would race home and be "clocked" with an oak racing clock. Bands would be put into capsules and inserted into the clock.
The time that the bird came home to its coop was registered inside the clock. Later the miles per hour were calculated and the winner determined per club. Pigeon chicks were given racing bands which were slipped over their feet and onto their legs. As the bird grew the band would be secured until it was removed after a race and put into the capsules.
When I saw this book, it reminded me of the information that my father had mastered regarding pigeons. He knew each bird individually. He kept records about their lineage,breeding and their accomplishments. He knew if one had been lost and sometimes returned to the coop after many years!
He knew how to pick a winner. If anyone is interested in this book, please contact me.