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ABC of Poultry Raising by J.H. Florea
Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail DamerowRaising Poultry Successfully by Will Graves
From Egg to Chicken (Lifecycles) by Gerald Legg, Carolyn Scrace (Illustrator)
The simple, yet accurate, graphics of this little book are a favorite in my Kindergarten classroom. The mysterious , invisible growth inside the egg is presented as a link in the life cycle of the chicken. Children delight in the transparent pages and return to look again and again.
The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow, Amanda Haar
The editor of Rural Heritage has written a first-rate guide for the small producer interested in healthful meat and eggs as well as the exotic breed fancier raising birds for show. Having published a number of general guides to backyard poultry, including one for children
Raising Poultry Successfully by Will Graves
This is a nice, easy to read beginner book on raising poultry for meat and eggs in three parts: chickens, ducks and geese. It discusses different breeds, where to buy your poultry, egg incubation, housing requirements, feeding, watering, brooding management, as well as butchering and preparation for freezing. It is greatly recommended if you want to raise your own poultry or eggs.
ABC of Poultry Raising : A Complete... by J. H. Florea
A great book to use as a reference for the new poultry fancier. This book is a little outdated, but the basic principles are accurately discussed and presented in an easy to read format. It is a good read and should be in any poultry fanciers library.
Chickens in Your Backyard : A Beginner's... by Rick. Luttmann, Gail Luttmann
Reading like a "Chickens for Dummies" book, it takes the reader by the hand and walks you throught the basics of keeping chickens, particularly for pets or for show. As my chickens lost feathers or became broody, referring to this book kept me from panicking and running to the vet.
The Perdue Chicken Cookbook by Mitzi Perdue
Small-Scale Poultry Keeping : A Guide to... by Ray Feltwell
Petaluma's Poultry Pioneers by Thea S. Lowry
The motion picture industry has Hollywood, haute couture has Paris, jazz has New Orleans, and the egg industry has Petaluma. you will laugh over the account "Spinning the Cluckers" and then cry over the hardships endured by the farm families of the 20s and 30s. a wonderful and personal account of how grandma's home poultry enterprise evolved into one of the most efficient of all agricultural industries. If you love stories about poultry, Petaluma or just real people, you won't want to miss..
The Cook's Illustrated Complete Book of...
Poultry Meat Processing
Poultry Diseases and Meat Hygiene : A...
Who's Who in the Egg and Poultry...
The Encyclopedia of Historic and... by Janet Vorwald Dohner
The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds The hardy, multipurpose Dominique chickens that came to the New World with the Pilgrims and later traveled in pioneer saddlebags to help settle the West were once too numerous to count; by 1990 a mere 500 hens survived. This is but a single example of the diminishing diversity of farm animals: half of once-common livestock breeds are endangered, others are already extinct. The need to preserve farm animal diversity is increasingly urgent, says the author of this definitive book
by Rick Kemp
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Fancy Fowl, British journal available from: TP Publications, Barn Acre House, Saxtead Green Nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 9QJ, England, Tel.: 01728 685842. E-mail: (UK L26.00 p.a. Overseas L32.00 p.a. All rates include postage for 1 copy monthly)
Feather Fancier, Canadian poultry mag. RR 5-P, Forest, ONT Canada N0N 1J0 ($ 20 + 7% GST/ year Canada; $20 US and abroad). E-mail: (519) 542-6859 if paying by CC
Show Bird Journal, Promoting the Exhibition of poultry in FULL COLOR.... Show Bird Journal c/o Shelia Clanton, 33130 CR 8, Killen, AL 35645, USA, 256-757-9324 ($20/year). E-mail:
National Poultry News Promotes poultry, alternative livestock and exotics. PO Box 1647, Dept-SBJ, Easley, SC 29641 ($10/year). E-mail:
Poultry Press, The poultry fancier's newspaper. PO Box 542, Connersville, IN 47331, USA ($21/year). E-mail: (2002 buy one get one free Purina feed coupon-pays for itself quickly)
Poultry International - Watt Net-online publication
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MSU Poultry Publications Mississippi State has some very interesting reading such as:
Successful Broiler Production Depends on a Sound Feeding Pgm.
The Only Good Broiler Breeder Egg is a Fertilized Egg
How Do Vaccinations Protect Your Birds?
Reducing Energy costs in Poultry Houses
Feeding Game birds
Brooding Chickens and Quail
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