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All birds are known, whether fresh killed or stale, by a tight vent in the former, and a loose open vent if old or stale; their smell denotes their goodness; specled rough legs denote age, while smooth legs and combs prove them young. The female is the tenderest, the richest flavour'd, and the soonest fattened.
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Chickens of either kind are good, and the yellow leg'd the best, and their taste the sweetest.Ca...

Choosing at Market: Choose them by the same rules, of having supple feet, and by their being har...

Choosing at Market: A Goose, if young, the bill and feet will be yellow, and will have but few h...

Choosing at Market: If young, will have black bills, yellowish legs; if old, the legs look bluis...

Having before stated that the female in almost every instance, is preferable to the male, and pe...

The cock-bird is accounted best, except when the hen is with egg. If young, he has short blunt o...

They should be very fresh; when they look flabby about the vent, and this part is discoloured, t...

Choose those that feel hard at the vent, which shews they are fat. In other respects, choose the...

if young and fat, have full veins under the wing, and are small in the veins, otherwise like the...

A turkey-cock, if young, it has a smooth black leg, with a short spur. The eyes full and bright...

The wheatear is an annual visitor of England: it arrives about the middle of March and leaves in...

They ought to be thick, fat and flesh firm, the nose dry, and throat clear. ...
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