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The Complete Encyclopedia Of Chickens Hardcover – July 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rebo Publishers (July 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9036615925
  • ISBN-13: 978-9036615921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aad Rijs has been breeding and exhibiting chickens ever since he was a small child, and this enthusiasm has never left him.  In recent years he has mainly dedicated himself to the rare Belgian bantam breeds.  His reputation shot up when he managed to breed back the extinct Burmese bantam.  His years of hands on experience, together with his knowledge of genetics, have landed him seats on various fowling commissions.  He also acts as an official judge for several breeds.

For years Esther Verhoef's name on the cover has guaranteed very readable and practical books on domestic animals.  As a rule, her books receive positive reviews from the dedicated press and general readers alike.   A number of her books have made it to the top 100 of bestsellers, something that is very unusual in the world of animal books.  All her books have been translated and quickly found their way to other countries.  But Esther Verhoef does not only occupy herself with writing books and photographing pets; she is also editor in chief of a general animal periodical, writes for several magazines, and is a partner in a flourishing international photographic collection that specializes in photographs of domestic animals.

Customer Reviews

Great book- wonderful color pictures, detailed info.
Tammie A. Cappuccio
When we started with chickens, I looked around for a good book showing photographs and information about the different chicken breeds.
poltroon
The Encyclopedia of Chickens (Hardbound Version) is a quality book through and through.
Frederick J. Dunn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Frederick J. Dunn on January 10, 2006
The Encyclopedia of Chickens (Hardbound Version) is a quality book through and through. The photography is the best I've seen in a chicken book.

The breeds are well presented visually, often as chicks, poults and adults. Which takes the mystery out of wondering what they should look like young or what they will look like when mature.

The write ups are very helpful and go into often neglected details such as individual breed mannerisms and behavior traits. Though each chicken is individual in temperment, breeds are pre-disposed and this book reveals that expertly.

Get this book while you can, I'm unhappy that they are not going to re-print such an obviously wonderful and important book which should be shared by every chicken nut.

I can't say enough about it, I just love it.

FredsFineFowl
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kitten Kisser VINE VOICE on August 23, 2007
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I gave this 4 stars because I don't think calling it the Complete Encyclopedia of Chickens is accurate. It is very informative, but certainly not complete. It does cover the basics & does offer detail but not in depth. It's a hard cover book with full color glossy pages. The photos are very good & it is a very attractive book to have. It will not answer all you questions regarding chickens though. You will need to purchase another book for that. Storey's guide to Chickens is very good. But if you just want a little reading material & an attractive book to boot, then this is a book worth buying.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Hussey on November 7, 2005
Wow - I wish every chicken book had so much information for so little money! I have long looked for a book that has identifying photos of various breeds, and this one is great! (Except they didn't mention my beloved Dominiques!). While it should not be your ONLY poultry book, it should absolutely be ONE of them! Don't forget to hug your chickens today!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. Robinson on June 21, 2008
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This book provides detailed descriptions of the full range of chickens available in Europe. Photography is great, too. I really enjoyed it and have re-read it many times.

For American readers, I think Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds (a large scale paperback) may be more useful, since it covers only the APA breeds available in the United States. But for the chicken fanatic, this is still a very enjoyable read. The chicken care info at the beginning of the book is nice, and it is interesting to read a European perspective, too.

This is also a very sturdy, well-bound volume-- the sort of book that will last forever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carols Critters on December 26, 2008
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I buy books about chickens quite often, usually from the local feed store. But this book beats them all so far. It offers tons of information a chicken lover/owner wants or needs to know about care, breeding and more. It also has beautiful colored, detailed photos and sketches on almost every size, breed and origin, types of combs, feathers and more. I keep it on my coffee table for daily reference (I'm new to chicken rearing). And the price was 1/2 of what I've paid for others. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy chickens.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By poltroon on January 19, 2009
When we started with chickens, I looked around for a good book showing photographs and information about the different chicken breeds. This book does an excellent job of surveying the various breeds, including information about temperament and personality, covering about two thirds of the book. There is also good advice about matching your chicken housing to the individual breed - variations in perch height and diameter, covered versus uncovered runs, and the like. Diseases, care, eggs, reproduction, and colors are covered as well. Literally every page is illustrated with one or more excellent color photographs.

This book is definitely slanted towards people interested in exhibition and/or home egg laying or pets. There is no information about raising chickens for meat, if that is your interest.

This is a terrific book for any person new to chickens.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Larson on April 9, 2009
This book is great for those who have a few chickens already, but are still feeling like beginners. The book is set up into two sections; the first third of the book has general information concerning care, feeding, housing, a very informative unit on diseases, abnormalities, and parasites which I have already found to be useful,(one of my hens had a prolapse, and I didn't know if I needed to put her down, but I learned I didn't, and now she is fine and laying again).
The last two thirds of the book is the Encyclopedia part that features name, country and origin, appearance, colors and marking patterns, qualities and particulars for each breed, both for the large breeds and for the bantams.
I anticipate this volume to be a valuable resource as long as I am caring for my little flock.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Etc. VINE VOICE on January 15, 2005
This is one of the better chicken books I have seen. Informative and succinct. Beautifully illustrated.
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