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2009-04-24 13:40:00

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has outlined a list of 66 breeds of chickens it is trying to save from extinction. These so-called old-fashioned chickens represent a minority, as about 90 percent of all chickens on the market are factory-raised breeds. "When we can identify something in danger, we need to protect it," Barbara Bowman of Sonoma County told the AP. "The old breeds provide really sturdy genetics that we have to guard." Purebred chickens began to decline after World...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'