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ngof more crescentic character, but still goinground the feather. The cock feathers are shownin Fig. 131.* His secondary quills should alsobe well laced round with black. The true tail-feathers are supposed to be white, edged withblack, but are more usually a bit peppered orgrey, with more tipping at the ends thanlacing at the sides ; the sickles also should beedged with black with a thicker end orsplash, or sort of spangle, and these alsoare usually more or less grey inside the secondaries are very evenly laced, and the tail-feathers should be well edged, with a thickercrescentic spangle at the tip, and as clear aspossible, though here also there is generallya little pepper or grey. The hens feathers areshown in Fig. 132. The ground-colour of Silvers should ofcourse be as silvery as possible, and demandsthe same careful selection in breeding, and careto preserve it, as other white breeds. In Goldsthe colour of the cocks is a deep golden bayon the breast, and more reddish bay above *;
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Wing-bow.Fig. 132.—Feathers of Silver Spangled Polish Hen. lacing. These darker-tailed cocks make thebest breeders. The beard of the hen should be full, andwell marked with black, but is not so very darkas in the cock. The neck-hackle should be welltipped with black, the tipping being a kind ofsemi-lacing : the breast heavily laced, thicker atthe tips of the feathers, but less crescentic incharacter than in the cock ; the wing-bow, bars,and tail-coverts rather heavily but more evenlylaced, though the marking is almost alwaysrather wider at the tips of the feathers. Her • These figures have been reproduced from Mr. Beldons feathersof 1872, for the simple reason that we have been unable to findany even so good at the present day. The reasons for thisdeterioration have partly appeared already, and are furtherdiscussed in the remarks following. that of the hen a golden bay. The legs ofboth varieties are a dark or slaty blue, andthe beaks dark horn or dirty blue. In regard to the breed
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