An illustration of a blackbird.

Blackbird

An illustration of a blackbird.

A newly hatched chick, with broken eggshell nearby.

Newly Hatched Chick

A newly hatched chick, with broken eggshell nearby.

"This triangular shape is a good one also for a movable poultry-house in its simplest form." — Harcourt, 1889

Triangular coop

"This triangular shape is a good one also for a movable poultry-house in its simplest form." —…

"This triangular shape is a good one also for a movable poultry-house in its simplest form." — Harcourt, 1889

Triangular coop

"This triangular shape is a good one also for a movable poultry-house in its simplest form." —…

Cross-section of an egg, showing the different parts.

Cross-section of an egg

Cross-section of an egg, showing the different parts.

An illustration of a family illustrated with the heads of chickens.

Family of Hens

An illustration of a family illustrated with the heads of chickens.

A pair of cochin china fowls.

Cochin China Fowl

A pair of cochin china fowls.

The Guinea-fowl (or pintado) was originally native to Africa, but was introduced to American poultry-yards.

Guinea Fowl

The Guinea-fowl (or pintado) was originally native to Africa, but was introduced to American poultry-yards.

Native only to the British Isles and the Orkneys, the red grouse is often bred in confinement to be used as poultry.

Red Grouse

Native only to the British Isles and the Orkneys, the red grouse is often bred in confinement to be…

An illustration of a hen, a female chicken.

Hen

An illustration of a hen, a female chicken.

A cross-section of a hen-house.

Cross-section of a hen-house

A cross-section of a hen-house.

Front view of a hen-house.

Front view of a hen-house

Front view of a hen-house.

Jungle-fowl is a general name given to the members of the genus Gallus. The red jungle-fowl, G. jerrugineus, is the origin of the domesticated breeds of poultry. It inhabits India, Farther India, Sumatra, the Philippines, Celebes, and Timor, and strongly resembles the 'black-breasted game' variety of domesticated birds, with its fine orange or purplish-red upper surface, and greenish-black wings, tail, and under surface. Though excessively pugnacious in the wild state, polygamy is stated to be then rare. Three other species of jungle-fowl are known: the gray jungle-fowl of S. Central, and W. India (G. Sonnerati), G. Lafayettii of Ceylon, and G. varius of Java, Lombok, and Flores; but all these are stated to be sterile when mated with the common fowl.

Jungle-fowl

Jungle-fowl is a general name given to the members of the genus Gallus. The red jungle-fowl, G. jerrugineus,…

An illustration of a family roasting a chicken.

Roasting Chicken

An illustration of a family roasting a chicken.

"The Egyptian shops exhibited many curious scenes. Poulters suspended geese and other birds from a pole in front of the shop, which, at the same time, supported an awning to shade them from the sun." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian shop

"The Egyptian shops exhibited many curious scenes. Poulters suspended geese and other birds from a pole…