According to Yalden and Albarella (2009, 100) domestic fowl entered Europe via Southern Russia, along routes which later became the silk road, as shown by the earliest dates (Bronze Age) occurring in south-east Europe, thence spreading during the Iron Age era to Poland and Holland by 700BC, Italy by 500BC and France by 100BC (taken from West and Zhou 1988). It does seem odd that there are no earlier dates for French chickens, particularly as some of the Iron Age chickens from England, in particular Danebury, may well date before 100BC.
All the best
Yalden, D, and Albarella, U, 2009 The History of British Birds, London.
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Subject: [ZOOARCH] Introduction of chicken in France/Belgium/Netherlands
It is established that chicken were introduced to Britain in the late Iron Age, just prior to the Roman invasion in AD 43. But when did chicken come to northern France/Belgium/Netherlands? Is there a date (century?) for that?
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