Around the World with Chickens
by Alejandro Clemente
Observing that many of our students go through general education without soiling their hands or handling animals, I thought of a scheme wherein students can be exposed more to animals. Why not let school children raise different chickens in the school, I thought.
Not only will they be able to take care of living things. They will also help preserve the breeds of native chickens that are slowly disappearing due to adulteration by foreign meat and egg type chickens that are favored by large poultry operators.
That suggestion was made in 1994. The high school in
For some reason, word spread out that I like chicken. The next thing I know, some congressmen whom I have helped with their requests were sending me chickens.
English sailors sailed the seas with their Old English chicken. As Irishmen found a new home in
The chickens of South America came mainly from
From the mid-1800s onwards,
If Europe is the source of most of the chickens in the new world of South and
Within Europe, Romans, who conquered most of
Where did the Persians got their chicken? They got most of them from India.- both the Bankivoid and Malayoid types.
There is a belief that the Asils found in
Black fighting cocks with black tongue, feather, skin and even blood come as different breeds known as Black Arabian, Black Egyptian, Black Mallorca, Black Mozambique, Black Persian, Black Tanagra, Black Tartentum and Black Tassel. All these could have originated from the Black Java and Black Sumatra of Indonesia.
All this time, we have been sitting on a goldmine as we have the basic ingredients to concoct and come out with our own breeds, whether for game or barndoor fowls. It is a pity we never worked systematically on mixing these ingredients. Instead, we depended more on importing new breeds.