Dutch Chicken Breeds (744a) - First Day Cover
Dutch Chicken Breeds (744a) - First Day Cover for only GBP £7.23
The newest stamps from PostNL feature drawings and photographs of ten Dutch chicken breeds. Each chicken is depicted in a characteristic pose, with its head turned to face the chicken on the stamp opposite. The background is a close-up photograph of the plumage of the relevant chicken breed (the colour variety), with a photograph of a feather of the chicken next to it. The stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands. The stamp sheetlet was designed by Birza Design in Deventer.
On 2 January 2017, PostNL will issue the Dutch chicken breeds stamp sheetlet. This sheetlet features ten chicken breeds on ten stamps, represented by five roosters and five hens. The chicken or domestic fowl has been domesticated by humans for around ten thousand years. The Dutch chicken breeds illustrated on the stamps are kept by small-scale poultry farmers and hobbyists. There are an estimated 1 to 1.5 million animals in the Netherlands that are categorised as hobby poultry; as well as chickens, there are geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, water fowl, pheasants, peacocks and quails. These animals are cared for by around a hundred thousand keepers.