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Rare Breed “Featured Players” at CW » Nankin chickens were used to set quail and pheasant eggs and raised “as a curiosity in rich people’s poultry yards,” says Shirley. Nankins are one of the oldest breeds of “true” bantams—naturally small, with no large counterpart—and were used to create several new breeds in the 1800s. Shirley calls the Nankin “a foundation breed.”

Nankin chickens were used to set quail and pheasant eggs and raised “as a curiosity in rich people’s poultry yards,” says Shirley. Nankins are one of the oldest breeds of “true” bantams—naturally small, with no large counterpart—and were used to create several new breeds in the 1800s. Shirley calls the Nankin “a foundation breed.”

Nankin chickens were used to set quail and pheasant eggs and raised “as a curiosity in rich people’s poultry yards,” says Shirley. Nankins are one of the oldest breeds of “true” bantams—naturally small, with no large counterpart—and were used to create several new breeds in the 1800s. Shirley calls the Nankin “a foundation breed.”

Nankin chickens were used to set quail and pheasant eggs and raised “as a curiosity in rich people’s poultry yards,” says Shirley. Nankins are one of the oldest breeds of “true” bantams—naturally small, with no large counterpart—and were used to create several new breeds in the 1800s. Shirley calls the Nankin “a foundation breed.”


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