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Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Emus, Guinea Fowl, Ostriches, Partridges, Peafowl, Pheasants, Quails, Swans Paperback – May 30, 2007
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This definitive guide to North American barnyard and wild fowl includes a brief history of each breed, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography that celebrates the birds' quirky personalities and charming good looks. If it's fowl facts and photos you want, you'll find them all here.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has really nice real photos (not drawings!) of all the included breeds. Also included by the photo's are details of the breeds' personality, the various color combinations, standards of the breed, place and history of orgin, conservation status and any special qualities that the featured breed might have. In most cases the males AND females of each breed are pictured. Other pluses the author includes are: Natural Chicken history, a wonderful glossary of 'poultry jargon', color photos of the various feather patterns- along with a worded definitions. Last but, not least Ms. Ekarius included a very well researched Resource index. If you buy this book (which I suggest) you will find 278 pages printed on nice glossy, flexible paper stock. This isn't the usual small black & white Storey's guide book!
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because quite a few photos of the chicken breeds were only represented by the bantam versions of the breed. I just feel that being the history of the breeds was being represented the standard size chickens should've been used. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone!
Carol Ekarius besides being a wonderful writer is also donating a portion of her proceeds from this book to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy!
This book can help you determine which breeds are:
-gentle/docile versus aggressive
-calm or "flighty"
-quiet or noisy
-cold-hardy or cold-intolerant
-good layers or poor layers
-brown, white, or tinted egg layers
-largest and smallest
-easy keepers or in need of special husbandry
-plain or fancy-looking!
I've spent hours reading and re-reading this book. :) If you are new to chickens (or ducks or geese) this is a handy and beautiful book which can help you avoid making a mistake that could sour you on chickens. Don't end up with an aggressive flighty bird if you are looking for a cuddly family pet-- check out this book and another great one (which has slightly different kinds of information) entitled "Choosing and Keeping Chickens".
Also, while the book is filled with wonderful pictures, it is mainly of roosters...it would have been helpful if they provided a more even spread of hens and roosters, or even more useful-more hens, since people are more likely to keep hens than roosters. I would also like to see it include more photos of popular plumage for eac bird. One or two, when there are so many available, seems skimpy.
If a book offered these changes, it would be, in my opinion, the best possible book about individual poultry breeds...until then, this is a pretty dang good book. There isn't any other that is better (so far....hint hint hint publishers!)
The photographs are the best thing, in my opinion. Unlike many poultry guides with line drawing and a few photos, pretty much all the birds in here have at least one photo. You know the old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. A photo even more.
I suggest everyone who buys a copy buy an extra one and donate it to your local library. Why not, maybe a library of an old folks home! I am sure it will bring back fond memories for many of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title says it all. I wanted a book of chicken breeds, so I could see how the hens of various breeds looked. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great reference for anyone who is serious about raising chickens. Photos are beautiful.Published 7 months ago by Patty Hudgins R.I.D.E.S.
Arrived as expected. Same book offered in stores near me and but purchased at a much lower price thank you!Published 8 months ago by Courtney Sorrells
Great book, nice pictures. It's an easy read and its full of information. My only wish it had more information on breed temperament and how they act in different settingsPublished 8 months ago by Cody Duguid
Great book for seeing breeds in color, but not good for determining standards.Published 8 months ago by Lisa Beyer
Beautiful pictures and breed info. Wish that it included Swedish Flower Hens.Published 8 months ago by lablady257