This publication is part of a series which seeks to raise awareness amongst policymakers and agricultural support services in low and middle income countries about sustainable income generation opportunities for small-scale farmers and local communities. It contains guidance on the keeping of poultry, and topics discussed include: the history of domestic poultry production, its contribution to sustainable rural livelihoods, key components of rural poultry production, diversification and intensification issues, utilisation of poultry products. It includes examples of case studies of poultry production schemes in Bangladesh, South Africa, Guatemala, Cambodia and the Philippines.
Author: Robyn G. Alders,Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Agricultural Support Systems Division
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
Author: George Munn Tracy Johnson
Excerpt from Poultry for Pleasure and Profit The great question is as to the breed to select. For all purposes, whether it be to bring pleasure or to produce profit, there is no variety which equals the White Plymouth Rocks. This is true not because it is set down here as the dictum of one lover of poultry, but because more people who are seeking profit and pleasure in poultry breed ing - pure - bred poultry - are coming to breed White Plymouth Rocks than are taking up any other breed. This is proved by the re ports of the shows, by inspecting market stands or by driving through any parts of the country and noting the varieties of fo'wls kept. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author: U. R. Fishel
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Author: Theodora Wilson Wilson
A Practical Work on Breed, Breeding, Rearing, and General Management of All Kinds of Poultry
Author: William M. Lewis
Author: Loyl Stromberg
Publisher: Strombergs Chicks & Pets
Hobby Farms Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit is geared toward the hobby farmer looking to begin his or her own flock of chickens on a small farm or even backyard. Author Sue Weaver, who keeps various exotic breeds and countless barnies on her farm, is an expert on all things livestock and an avowed chicken fanatic. This photo-filled guide begins with “Chickens 101” and details the physiology of chickens, members of the Phasianidea family, providing beginning hobby farmers with a basic education in the chicken’s unique physical makeup (from wings and feathers to beaks and digestive tracts), behavior, mating, and its unexpected high intelligence. The author offers advice on choosing the right types of chickens to get started: meat, egg, or dual purpose, or maybe even “just for pets.” The book is an excellent resource for selecting which breed of chicken is best for the hobby farmer, based on the birds’ traits, such as aggression, personality, noise factor, tolerance for heat, confinement, cold, etc. Chickens also provides information on selecting or building a suitable chicken coop for the hobby farmer’s brood, outlining the basic requirements (lighting, ventilation, flooring, waterers, insulation, safety, and so forth). A detailed chapter on feeding chickens offers essential guidance on nutrition, commercial feeds, supplements, and water requirements. For the chicken hobby farmer looking to start with a clutch of baby chicks (from his own hen or an outside source), the author provides excellent info on incubators and hatching as well as all of the accommodations and preparation required for hens in the nest box. A chapter on selling eggs and broilers provides timetables, requirements, and dos and don’ts to get a hobby farmer’s business off on the right foot. All chicken keepers will find the chapter on health of particular value, with expert advice on preventing common problems and dealing various maladies and diseases. Much detailed information about all of the topics in the book is encapsulated in sidebars. A glossary of over 125 terms plus a detailed resource section of chicken and poultry associations, books, and websites complete the volume. Fully indexed.
Tending a Small-Scale Flock
Author: Sue Weaver
Publisher: i5 Publishing
Category: Technology & Engineering
Originally published in 1946. This work has been compiled with the object of advising the beginner on all aspects of duck management for pleasure and profit. Contents Include: Breeds of Ducks for Laying and Table Purposes - Breeding Practices and Principles - Hatching, Natural and Artificial - Rearing, Natural and Artificial - Feeding For Eggs and The Table - Housing and Penning of Ducks - Some Duck Diseases and Ailments - A List of Technical Terms As Used by Duck Keepers - General Management. Illustrated with photos. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Author: Victor Birtwistle
Publisher: Home Farm Books
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
What to Do, and how to Do it
Author: Charles E. Brooke
Practical Poultry Keeping is a clear, in-depth guide to this topical subject that will enable anyone to keep poultry for pleasure or profit. Fully illustrated throughout with photographs and explanatory line-drawings, it includes: poultry breeds and uses; poultry housing and equipment; breeding and sexing birds; common problems with eggs; natural and artificial incubation and rearing; nutrition and diet; rearing birds for the table; effective planning, management and marketing and recognizing and preventing common diseases.
Author: David Bland
Category: Technology & Engineering
Written by hobby farmer Cherie Langlois from Washington state, Ducks is a fantastic overview of these entertaining and adaptable waterfowl. The author begins by asking “What do these water-crazy birds have that make them as much an asset to farms as landlubbing poultry?” She provides many answers that defend the virtues and versatility of ducks and argues that the duck is superior to the ubiquitous chicken in many ways. As a zoologist, Langlois has a gift for elucidating the details of the waterfowl’s anatomy, traits and behavior, all revealed in the first chapter “Meet the Duck.” She proceeds by leading readers through the process of choosing the right ducks for their hobby farm, considering the various domestic breeds (from bantams to heavyweights) as well as the sex of the birds and number of birds/breeds ideal for beginning a hobby-farm flock. The book offers advice on housing these very adaptable birds that thrive in various climates and regions throughout the world: space requirements, ventilation, flooring, feeders, and fencing. Naturally, ducks need water to thrive in the form of an existing lake, a manmade pond or simple duck pools, all discussed in the housing chapter. “The Duck Diet” chapter discusses the nutritional needs of the flock and various feeding options farmers and ranchers can consider. Seasoned duck aficionados interested in getting into the business of ducklings will find much information in the breeding chapter, which catalogs methods for hatching, incubators, mama duck and baby care, and more. The health of livestock is always a major consideration for the hobby farmer, and the chapter “Flock Health and Handling” offers a mini course in disease prevention, proper hygiene, recognizing symptoms of illnesses, and dealing with common maladies. The advantages of duck farming—the superior quality of duck eggs, down, and meat--are the focal point of the final chapter “Harvesting the Rewards,” likely the first chapter the dubious duck farmer will read prior to taking the dive into ducks. The book concludes with appendices of endangered duck breeds and duck diseases, resources, a glossary of terms, and a complete index.
Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit
Author: Cherie Langlois
Publisher: i5 Publishing
Peter Henderson's 1898 work focuses on useful information and helpful hints for those who garden for pleasure rather than profit.
Author: Peter Henderson
Publisher: Applewood Books
Table of Contents Introduction Let Nature Decide for You Permanent Crops Catch Crops Annual Crops Manure and Crops Crop Rotation Why Go in for Crop Rotation 4 Course Rotation 3 Course Rotation Tuberous Crops Potatoes Soil Sprouting General Potato Cultivation Best Organic Manure Storing Potatoes Root Crops Carrots Soil Using Seed Drills Cultivation of Carrots Beetroot Parsnips Turnips Tips for Sowing Seeds Permanent crops Growing Herbs Growing through Cuttings Appendix Natural Manure Types of Fertilizers Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction Voltaire once said “Happy is the man who has his own garden and true contentment is when he grows things in it.” Having your own garden may not be possible for many of us today busy in the rat race of the 21st century. Nevertheless, there are still many people fortunate enough to have open land outside their houses where they can make their own flower gardens or kitchen gardens. This book is going to tell you how to make an organic kitchen garden for pleasure and also for profit. Just like any other garden, a little bit of planning has to go into making your vegetable garden. It should have sufficient paths in it so that you can wheel about manures etc. in barrows, if necessary. You may also want to remove all the green vegetal rubbish accumulating while gardening. There is absolutely no need for your garden to be all paths if it is pocket-sized and you are strapped for space. In small gardens one path at one side is more than enough. Whatever the size of your organic vegetable garden may be, this book is going back to traditional methods of growing vegetables in a healthy manner. We are not talking about chemical fertilizers and poisonous pesticides. Instead, we are going to talk about natural manure, compost, and other traditional methods used by our forefathers to get a good healthy crop for family and neighbors. Many people out there would not want to grow all kinds of vegetables because hey, how many of us like eating greens? But then the moment we see them growing in our gardens and we pluck our first harvest, we begin to think in terms of healthy eating, especially when the meals have been made of organic vegetables grown in our own backyard. Your main priority is to see that the ground is fully occupied for most of the year and that no part of your garden is wasted. Think Japanese gardens. They know how to utilize every single inch of space and get the most out of it. All right, you may see their gardens on a small scale, but no inch of soil in a farm is left uncultivated if they can help it. This may look crowded, but it is not. So let us consider ourselves gardening newbies and begin our journey towards achieving the goal of the perfect long-term organic vegetable kitchen garden right now. Remember that your kitchen garden is not going to be restricted to just vegetables. You can also grow herbs in it. Who is stopping you from growing flowers in it? Your aim is to plan your kitchen garden in such a way that you gain lots of pleasure from it, and then you may decide to carry on to the profit stage.
Author: Dueep J. Singh,John Davidson
Publisher: Mendon Cottage Books
Author: Frank Getz Ashbrook
Category: Cookery (Game)