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The Illustrated Guide to Chickens covers the 100 most familiar breeds of chickens in Europe and North America. The breed profiles are written in engaging text that covers the history of each breed, its main characteristics, and information about looking after them. Each breed has been illustrated with delightful paintings by the author. Introductory sections contain practical advice about poultry-rearing and husbandry, and outline the differences between breeds, including the pros and cons between pure breeds, hybrids, bantams, game fowl, etc., and layers or table. The foreword has been written by HRH the Prince of Wales.
With a forward by HRH the Prince of Wales, this is a most superior, not to say pedigree, chicken book. It has some superb illustrations of different chicken breeds and a huge amount of useful information concerning the buying and raising of chickens, including diagnosis of disease, advice on housing and the best feed regimes. There is also intelligent discussion of the advantages and disadvantages inherent in breeding different types of bird, from pure breeds to hybrids, via bantams and game birds. All in all, it covers a hundred breeds of chickens, including those most commonly found in Europe and North America, and gives all sorts of statistical information to delight the enthusiastic fowler. Despite its fairly specialised appeal, it is a thoroughly readable guide, easily accessible to the beginner whilst detailed enough to engage the expert.
|Publication date:||9th April 2010|
|Publisher:||A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Categories:||Farm & working animals, Birds, including cage birds, as pets,|
Celia Lewis is an accomplished artist and is passionate about chickens. She is the co-author of a bestselling book on rearing chickens.More About Celia Lewis