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Poultry and Fancy Fowls — At Stevens’s Auction Rooms, King-street, Covent-garden, there is on nearly every Tuesday a sale of poultry and pigeons, where good specimens may often be obtained cheaply. Amongst the London dealers, Baily, of Mount-street, is most reliable. Birds may be obtained of many dealers in Leadenhall-market. At the Poultry Show, held annually in November at the Crystal Palace, there are always large sale classes containing good birds, both fowls and pigeons, at moderate prices. The live pigeons sold in London may be arranged under two or three distinct heads. A very large trade is done in blue rocks and other dovecote birds for the supply of the pigeon shooting matches at the Gun Club, Hurlingham, &c. Fancy pigeons may be obtained, though rarely of high quality, of the dealers in Seven Dials and Club-row, Spitalfields. Homing birds can hardly be obtained of good quality except by application to a known amateur—the birds advertised being generally common farmyard pigeons imported from Belgium for the gun clubs.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879