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The Chicken Health Handbook Paperback – January 6, 1994
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“This book is the best guide to chicken health. The practical charts it contains will help you pinpoint common symptoms and the cause of disease. An alphabetic listing of diseases provides quick access to treatments and remedies for nearly any poultry ailment.” – American Small Farm
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Her chapters include:
- Chicken Health
- Health and Nutrition
- Anatomy of a Chicken
- External Parasites
- Internal Parasites: Worms
- Internal Parasites: Protozoa
- Infectious Diseases
- Environment Related Problems
- Diagnostic Guides
- Postmortem Examination
- Enhancing Immunity
- Incubation and Brooding
- Chickens and Human Health
- Diseases and Disorders
She also includes a glossary, a list of suppliers, state poultry laboratories, and a list of recommended reading material.
If you own chickens, and care about their health, you owe it to yourself and them to get this book. Don't hesitate, buy it!
There are lots of practical ideas and simple methods of diagnosing and treating diseases all in laymans lingo. Which drugs will work on particular diseases and warnings about using the drugs. Particularly helpful was the reference of each disease and other diseases which might have the same symptoms. Since reading this book, I have seen it recommended many times by other chook breeders on [...] message board.
I was concerned that this might be written for "Americans only" but there are actually references to Australia and most of the diseases and treatments apply here also. Unfortunately, when I went to purchase this book from my local book store, I was told that it was unavailable in Australia and my library must have purchased a joblot of books from America to originally have it to loan.
Thanks to Amazon books, I will now own a copy of this book which I am sure will be read again and again.
With replacing any sick bird being a far cheaper option than vets bills, it soon became a question of either culling or curing. This book is fairly comprehensive when it comes to poultry health and has proved to be one of the best books on the subject I was able to find. Subjects range from Diet, anatomy, health, parasites, diseases, environment, rats, incubation, brooding and so forth. As I say, fairly comprehensive.
It is very difficult to read a book of this type from cover to cover - although there are sections which should be read and understood by all poultry keepers. Readers will, however, be consulting this book in the hope of finding an answer to something specific. It is important, therefore, to find the symptoms displayed by a sick bird adequately described so that the reader is able to identify the problem and be certain that his diagnosis is correct. Generally speaking, I did find the information to be there, but finding that description of a specific illness, disease or whatever was the hardest part. This can become frustrating - especially when you want to get on and find the correct remedy.
In short, I would suggest this is a very good book. I believe it really does contain the answers to the many and varied questions people will have about the health of their birds but finding that answer did prove to be very difficult at times.
I would, therefore, suggest the serious keeper studies this book over a period of time in order to form a solid appreciation of everything concerned with the health of their Chickens.
It was purchased with the intent of having a guide to go to when I had health issues with my chickens. There is much information that is technical and unless one wants to study it and try to commit information to memory, it is not a quick reference guide in emergencies.
I also found that many of the medications recommended for treatment of a problem I took time to diagnose, were unavailable; thus rendering the information useless at the time I needed it the most.
Although disappointed, I am unaware of any other current options for chicken health books; I give it a three star rating due to the vast knowledge given.
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The main book to have if you want to raise chickens! Bought this for a friend who wants to start!Published 2 months ago by N. D. Krustchinsky
This book has all the answers! Great reference book for chicken owners especially focusing on things that can go wrong with your flock. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you can wait for the new version, I'd do that. If you have an emergency, this book is great! Just for the resources in the back, it's worth it!Published 6 months ago by athalia