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Rare Poultry Breeds Hardcover – November 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1861268891 ISBN-10: 1861268890
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About the Author

David Scrivener has had a lifelong fascination with the amazing range of shapes, sizes and colours of traditional poultry breeds as well as the breeders who created them. He gained a National Diploma in Poultry [NDP] at Harper Adams Agricultural College, Shropshire, is a 'Panel A' poultry judge, and is the Chairman of the Rare Poultry Society. He is author of the highly acclaimed Exhibition Poultry Keeping. He lives in Northamptonshire.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861268890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861268891
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By feather collector on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Rare Poultry Breeds by David Scrivener is essential for people interested in the variety and possibilities in chicken breeds. It's for persons like me who have read old poultry books in University libraries, and would always like more detail. When I read that this book would have information not found in others, I couldn't let it go by, because then I would not know everything.
The book might have been better titled Rare Chicken Breeds, as there are no turkeys or waterfowl.
Rare Poultry Breeds is strictly about the rare chicken breeds - there are no Leghorns described here, no Cochins, Brahmas, Orpingtons, Plymouth Rocks or even Polish. Game breeds are left out, better described in other books. (But while the breeds Malay and Aseel are not included, Cubalaya and the Madagascar Game are.)
A partial list of breeds includes: Bergische Kraeher, Dutch Owlbeard, Brakel, Malines, Red Caps, La Bresse, Brabanconne, Frizzles, La Fleche, Deutsches Reichshuhn, Scots Greys, Onagadori, Marsh Daisy, Norfolk Greys, Yokohamas, and Naked Necks. For each breed standard-size fowls and bantams are described together. Details include when each breed was made, who made them, and when they were most popular. There is information on breeding in Germany, where the exhibition chicken hobby is largest. You will read about the differences between similar European breeds, some of them genuinely obscure.
In the section on American breeds there is a discussion of why the German Dominique is different from the American version, plus you can read about Jersey Giants, Delawares, Hollands, and more. There are articles on bantam-only breeds like Booteds, the German bantam, Burmese and Nankins. There is a chapter on autosexing breeds.
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Format: Hardcover
"Rare Poultry Breeds" is a book by David Scrivener about rare chicken breeds from all over the world. It's a companion volume to Scrivener's other book, with the self-explanatory title "Popular Poultry Breeds".

I admit that some of the hens (and, I suppose, cockerels) included in this collection are pretty bizarre. How about long-tailed, rumpless, cup-combed, frizzled and naked-necked breeds? One of the naked-necked chicks comes from Transylvania, as behoves a scary creature of this kind.

I also noted that many of the rare breeds have names almost impossible to pronounce in Queen's English, such as Ostfriesische Zwerg-Möwen, Assendelftse Hoen, Westfällischer Totleger and Appenzeller Bathuhn. Or how about some chicken soup made on a Barbu du Grubbe or a Coucou de Bretagne?

And yes, there are photos and/or illustrations, mostly in colour, of many of the rare breeds exposed for posterity in this excellent little mini-encyclopaedia. Don't expect any information on cock-fighting, though. The author believes the question is too controversial for the readers, who might just chicken out over it. Another time, yes?

Four stars.
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I am very interested in the preservation of rare and old poultry breeds. This book contains much info about breeds of chickens that are seldom seen in the Western Hemisphere or have never been imported. While there is much good info about true bantam breeds (those that do not have large fowl counterparts), I thought there was too much emphasis on bantam-size derivatives of large fowl breeds. An excellent reference book, nonetheless, with good color photos, written from a Great Britain perspective.
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