British Poultry Standard

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The standard of excellence in Exhibition Poultry 1865, contents page.jpg
Contents page of the 1865 edition
Editor William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject poultry breed standards
Published 1865 (Groombridge and Sons, for the Poultry Club)
Pages 56
The front cover of the 6th Edition of the British Poultry Standards.

The British Poultry Standard is the oldest poultry fancy breed standard in the world. It is published by the Poultry Club of Great Britain and is the official reference standard used by judges at poultry shows within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

History[edit]

The standard was first published in 1865 by the original Poultry Club of Great Britain,[1] a club which existed for only three years.[2] It was entitled The standard of excellence in Exhibition Poultry and was edited by William Bernhardt Tegetmeier.[1] It was the first publication of its kind. The compilation of the standard was then taken over by the second, current Poultry Club of Great Britain.[2] The number of editions of the standard that have been published is uncertain, as each successive publisher that has been used by the Poultry Club of Great Britain has started again with a first edition.[2] The current edition, published in 2008 by Blackwell, is the sixth in the current numbering.[3]

Use[edit]

The standard is the official reference for use by judges at poultry shows in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It contains breed standards of more than 150 breeds of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys; pigeons are not included.

Editions[edit]

Editions of the standards include, but probably are not limited to, these:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b William Bernhard Tegetmeier (editor) (1865). The Standard of Excellence in Exhibition Poultry, authorized by the Poultry Club. London: Poultry Club. 56 pp.
  2. ^ a b c The British Poultry Standards. Poultry Club of Great Britain. Accessed August 2014.
  3. ^ Victoria Roberts (2008). British poultry standards: complete specifications and judging points of all standardized breeds and varieties of poultry as compiled by the specialist breed clubs and recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405156424.