English Game Fowl, like this one, were bred for cockfighting.
Ryan Protz poses with a Polish chicken.
Rare and unusual breeds of chickens scratch the dirt in Colonial Williamsburg.
Spring and summer bring chicks to the coop.
Though bred to fight, the English Game Fowl also yielded high-quality eggs and meat.
Manager of Rare Breed Elaine Shirley scatters feed before the brood.
Colonial chickens browsed a buffet of garden waste and table scraps.
A clutch of rare Dominique chickens roams the yard.
Raising and selling chickens was sometimes the buisness of slaves, who were allowed ownership of the animals.
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