Editorial Notes

 

[1] Asil is singular and plural; denotes a high bred game bird from India.

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[2] Old English Game are our oldest breed of poultry; many colours and varieties are quite rare (eg, Hennies) so it seems a great pity that birds that were here when the Romans came and from which many of the rare breeds have been bred or have some Game blood in them cannot be shown to those who wish to see these rare birds.

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[3] Birds from the USA go under many different names, based on colour, strain or other attribute and do not follow the traditional names; eg, Black red. They are 'mongrels' being based on different fighting breeds, not last Old English Game.

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[4] When cockfighting was a National sport the notable sportsmen, like Lord Derby, famous for his Pile Old English Game, would have a full time 'feeder' who took credit for wins at the cockpit.

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[5]There is also the avoidance of frost bite which can affect a cock and, in addition, the strong following of poultry fanciers insist that a male bird should be dubbed for exhibition purposes. Judging an undubbed cock is very difficult. Under EEC regulations dubbing should be carried out by a veterinary surgeon.

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