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Old English Pheasant Fowl

A breed of chicken that was formerly-known as Golden Pheasant/Old-fashioned Pheasant/Yorkshire Pheasant until it was given its official name in 1914. it was very popular in Northern England, being able to survive on scraps.

The males are a rich mahogany-red in colour with beetle green-black tail and feather tips, while the females plumage is a lighter rich bay colour with beetle-green tail feathers. Both are moderately-sized. Their legs and feet are slate-blue in colour. The cock birds weigh about 3kg and the hen's about 2,5kg in weight. The hens layabout 160 eggs a year, and their meat is of good quality. The breed is threatened with extinction, as it's not suitable for factory farming methods, but they are supported by The Rare Poultry Society, Alexandra Cottage, 8 St. Thomas' Road, Leicestershire, LE8 0EG. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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