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Buff Plymouth Rocks:
In the UK, Buff Plymouth Rocks are often amongst the top show awards with their beautiful soft plumage colour the most highly developed of all Buff coloured breeds. Buff Plymouth Rocks were formerly a premier utility laying fowl.
Buff Plymouth Rocks were originally coloured like Rhode Island Reds, this breed being pivotal to their early development in the USA. The Buff name is most probably derived from their American creator whose surname was Buffington, though it was fortunate breeders chose to develop the buff plumage colour - a pastel or golden shade of yellow or light orange, rather than stick with red birds.
breeders like James Boardman created their own strain of buffs developed
from Cochins and Orpingtons, and later mixed these with US birds.
Separate strains were also developed in other parts of America, also
without using Rhodes, and this is probably why the buff colouration
1893 The Wilson Strain of Buffs is exhibited at the Worlds Fair. This strain was derived from crossing Buff Cochins and Light Brahmas and less red in colouration than the Fall River Strain. Sir Edward Brown reports another combination involving Buff Leghorns, Buff Cochins, and Light Brahmas.
1894 James Boardman exhibits an English strain of Buffs in England. Buff Plymouth Rocks are accepted into the American Standard of Excellence.
1897 James Boardman imports Wilson Strain Buffs into Britain from America, and subsequently develops an amalgamate strain.
1908 Buff bantams are reported to have been exhibited in Britain, but are rather poor in quality compared to the Large.
The Large Buff Plymouth Rock has developed into one of the best Utility
laying varieties in the UK.
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