The Practical Guide to Keeping Chickens, Ducks, Geese & Turkeys

A Directory of Poultry Breeds and how to Keep Them, with Step-by-step Techniques and More Than 650 Colour Photographs

Author: Fred Hams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780754823520

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 9801

Discusses what features to look for when purchasing poultry and provides information on feeding, hygiene, treating illness, and good husbandry practices.
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Keeping Chickens in Your Garden

A Practical Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese and Turkeys in Your Backyard, with Over 400 Photographs

Author: Fred Hams

Publisher: Southwater

ISBN: 9781780193090

Category: Nature

Page: 128

View: 5913

An expert manual on keeping poultry in the garden complements instructions for building a coop with essential guidelines on everything from rearing and breeding to housing and maintaining poultry health. Original.
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The Illustrated Guide to Ducks and Geese and Other Domestic Fowl

How To Choose Them - How To Keep Them

Author: Celia Lewis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472906462

Category: Nature

Page: 160

View: 8397

With just a little land and available water, you can raise a variety of domestic fowl, from friendly ducks and characterful geese to guineafowl, dainty quail, placid turkeys or even peafowl. Illustrated with the author's charming watercolour paintings, this book is packed with practical tips on keeping domestic fowl and selecting the right breed for your circumstances. Covering 65 domestic breeds of ducks, geese, guineafowl, quail, turkeys and peafowl, the book gives an insight into the individual personalities and attributes of each kind of bird. The breed profiles are written in engaging text and include the history and place of origin, colour combinations, differences between male and female birds, the appearance of hatchlings and the numbers of eggs to expect. As well as selecting an appropriate breed, you need to consider your neighbours, the kinds of bird you can and should keep, whether you want them for eggs or as pets, and whether you want to breed them. The book offers helpful advice on all these issues and also on housing, the provision of water, feeding and the noise and impact your birds will have, as well as preventing and treating common ailments. Whether you are starting out as a smallholder, are interested in raising a few ducks or geese in a suburban or rural setting, or are simply a devotee of domestic fowl there is plenty to captivate you in this book.
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Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks

Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl

Author: Gail Damerow

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 160342878X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 240

View: 8442

Gail Damerow shows you how to incubate, hatch, and brood baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults, and guinea keets. With advice on everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder, this comprehensive guide also covers issues like embryo development, panting chicks, and a variety of common birth defects. Whether you want to hatch three eggs or one hundred, you’ll find all the information you need to make your poultry-raising operation a success.
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The Practical Encyclopedia of Chicken Keeping

Breed Identifier - Rearing - Care

Author: Fred Hams

Publisher: Lorenz Books

ISBN: 9780754833666

Category:

Page: 256

View: 6089

Directory of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys and how to keep them, with 700 photographs.
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Chickens, Ducks and Bees

A beginner's guide to keeping livestock in the garden

Author: Paul Peacock

Publisher: Spring Hill

ISBN: 1848035721

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

View: 9113

Growing your own vegetables often leads gardeners to want to go one step further and keep some livestock. Chickens, ducks and bees are the most likely candidates for the first time livestock owner - especially if you live in a town or have only a small amount of land. They can all be kept happily together. Keeping these animals is a fun and absorbing hobby and is a great antidote to stress. There is nothing more rewarding than the collection of your own fresh eggs and honey. The book is full of sound, practical advice and looks at exactly what you need to get started: the equipment, housing, space and feed. Taking the breeds best suited for the smaller garden, town garden, or allotment, the responsible care and management of these animals is thoroughly covered in a friendly, approachable style with their welfare always in mind. Chickens: from breed selection to housing, feeding, care, and health issues this book provides simple, no nonsense information about how hens live, their needs and lifestyle and how to keep happy, healthy and productive hens. Ducks: here is all you need to know to introduce these entertaining animals to the garden - their walking requirements, their feed, and the surprisingly small amount of water they need. Duck eggs are great for baking and this book shows you how to keep your ducks happy and laying. Bees: there are many more people now interested in keeping bees. Paul Peacock shows you how to get started, where to get help, what equipment you need, and how to handle bees and harvest their honey. It emphasises gentle bees, and covers the control of varroa and other potential bee diseases.
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Guide to Raising Ducks

Author: Dave Holderread

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603426922

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 356

View: 9795

Presents information on twenty-three domestic North American breeds, covering such topics as duck attributes, anatomy, behavior, colors, incubation, rearing ducklings, diet, butching, health, and guidelines for showing.
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Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry, 4th Edition

Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guineas, Game Birds

Author: Glenn Drowns

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603427686

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 464

View: 6778

Whether you’re running a farm or interested in keeping a few backyard birds, Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry covers everything you need to know to successfully raise your own chickens, turkeys, waterfowl, and more. Stressing humane practices throughout, Glenn Drowns provides expert advice on breed selection, housing, feeding, behavior, breeding, health care, and processing your own meat and eggs. With tips on raising specialty species like doves, ostriches, and peafowl, you’ll be inspired to experiment with new breeds and add diversity to your poultry operation.
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The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens

Chicken Breeds for Your Home Flock

Author: Christine Heinrichs

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 076035121X

Category: Pets

Page: 208

View: 8138

Chickens have pecked their way into our backyards and they're here to stay. Useful creatures in myriad ways, chickens do much more than simply lay fresh eggs--and different breeds of chickens are good for different reasons. The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens organizes those many breeds in an easy-to-read handbook. So, when it comes time to choose what kind of chickens you'll keep, you'll want to reach for this book. Each breed of chicken listed in the field guide is accompanied by color photos and a thorough description of the bird, detailing the breed's particular usefulness, adaptation to climate, coloration, number of eggs typically laid, foraging ability, temperament, and other distinctive qualities. Fun facts will also be included about the varieties of chickens, which range from obscure hybrids to common breeds, such as Iowa Blues and Russian Orloffs. What the cluck are you waiting for? Peck out this book!
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Ducks

Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit

Author: Cherie Langlois

Publisher: i5 Publishing

ISBN: 1935484796

Category: Nature

Page: 160

View: 2817

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.
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The Practical Guide to Buying and Running a Smallholding in Wales

Author: Liz Shankland

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 1783162813

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

View: 6387

Offers guidance to buying and running a smallholding in Wales, aimed at would-be downshifters, wherever they may live.
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The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese

Author: Kirsten Lie-Nielsen

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1771422491

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 144

View: 8321

While chickens preen in the spotlight, geese are the historic unsung heroes of small farms and homesteads. Providing weed control, large eggs, and entertainment, and acting as “security” over other animals, geese are the ultimate modern homesteading companion. The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese covers everything you need to know to raise geese, including: Profiles of breeds and how to select the best one for your needs • How to “imprint” goslings on a person • Feeding, housing, animal health, and cold weather care • Using geese for weed control, soil improvement, and as “watch geese” • Cooking with goose eggs and meat Additional coverage includes a look at the rich history of geese on farms in North America and Europe that will enhance any goose keeper’s enjoyment of these intelligent and unique birds. This practical guide is a must-have essential for the kitchen table of homesteaders, small farmers, permaculturists, and professional farmers looking to add the power of geese to their land. Kirsten Lie-Nielsen has been raising geese for most of her life. She writes about homesteading and farming for Grit, Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and hobbyfarms.com. She and her partner’s experiences farming, raising animals, and restoring a 200-year-old farm in Liberty, Maine, are chronicled at hostilevalleyliving.com.
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The Chicken Encyclopedia

An Illustrated Reference

Author: Gail Damerow

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603425616

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 319

View: 7057

From addled to zygote, the terminology of everything chicken is demystified in this comprehensive A-to-Z reference volume presented in a friendly, highly illustrated format. "The Chicken Encyclopedia" is the go-to guide for chicken owners and enthusiasts of all levels.
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The Joy of Keeping Chickens

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit

Author: Jennifer Megyesi

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1634500261

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 1354

Finally backyard farmers who want to keep a few hens for eggs have a bible that's attractive enough to leave out on the coffee table, and inexpensive enough to purchase on a whim. This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them. With this in mind, farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising the birds—general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so on—and she cuts through the smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultry farmers and consumers. No chicken book would be complete without information on how to show chickens for prizes, and this is no different, but The Joy of Keeping Chickens also stresses the importance of self-sustainability and organic living, and the satisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive nature of this readable, informative guide, and Megyesi's enthusiasm about keeping chickens. Coupled with Geoff Hansen's gorgeous full-color photographs, this text makes for an instant classic in the category.
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Showing Poultry

A Complete Guide to Exhibiting Your Birds. A Storey BASICS® Title

Author: Glenn Drowns

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612125301

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 96

View: 6107

Expert Glenn Drowns offers all the information and guidance you need to successfully exhibit your poultry at fairs and expositions. Learn how to select the best breeds and birds for exhibition and how to raise them with the proper diet, health care, and handling so that they are at their best by showtime. Drowns includes a useful countdown to help you plan tasks, from pest prevention to cage training, as well as dozens of tips on what judges are looking for.
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Practical Quail-keeping

Author: Sarah Barratt,Martin Barratt

Publisher: Crowood

ISBN: 1847975240

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 112

View: 6675

Practical Quail-keeping is a comprehensive guide for anyone who keeps quail or who is thinking about starting out. It covers all key aspects of responsible quail husbandry, and explains how to set up and equip your quail house and pens, how to care for your birds, and how to breed and raise young hatchlings through to healthy adulthood. The authors draw on their extensive experience as quail breeders to provide a unique insight into keeping these fascinating little birds. Topics covered include:Legal aspects of poultry-keeping; Feeding and watering; Protecting quail from vermin and disease; Breeding and hatching; Quail recipes. A comprehensive guide to quail-keeping that gives a unique insight into keeping these fascinating little birds, aimed at smallholders and poultry-keepers. Superbly illustrated with 140 colour photographs. Sarah and Martin Barratt are quail breeders with extensive experience.
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Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds

Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Emus, Guinea Fowl, Ostriches, Partridges, Peafowl, Pheasants, Quails, Swans

Author: Carol Ekarius

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612128432

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 4867

More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of this definitive primer for intrepid poultry farmers and feather fanciers alike. From the Manx Rumpy to the Redcap and the Ancona duck to his Aylesbury cousin, each breed is profiled with a brief history, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography. Comprehensive and fun, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds celebrates the personalities and charming good looks of North America’s quirkiest barnyard birds and waterfowl.
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The Concise Encyclopedia of Poultry Breeds

Author: Fred Hams

Publisher: Southwater Pub

ISBN: 9781844760589

Category: Pets

Page: 128

View: 9440

This is a comprehensive guide to the main poultry breeds around the world, with fascinating information on their appearance, size, traits and more. Popular foundation breeds such as Lackenvelder are covered in detail, as well as true bantams such as the Dutch Bantam and the miniature Cochin Bantam.
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Keeping Chickens

Author: Liz Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786642295

Category:

Page: 256

View: 1759

Offers all the information you need to help you to start keeping chickens, from how to choose, house, feed and handle them to how many eggs they lay, their affect on the local ecosystem and how to protect from foxes and other predators.
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Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care

Author: Frances Bassom

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781842862124

Category: Chicken breeds

Page: 208

View: 9859

This 'Miniencyclopedia' presents a line-up of more than 70 of the most popular breeds of chicken. In addition to the detailed descriptive profiles, an illustrated introductory section provides all the essential advice about housing and caring for your birds.
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