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The Chicken Health Handbook Paperback – January 6, 1994

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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, Damerow here concentrates on everything that can go wrong: diseases; problems associated with keeping birds in close quarters or caging them; litter; cannibalism; vitamin deficiency, resulting in poor molting; incubators that are too hot or too cold; predators; and the invasions of rats. She stresses that the best preventative measures involve protecting one's flock against outside influences (such as wild birds or other chickens), careful culling, and balanced nutrition. Damerow is a good writer, carefully walking the line between insulting the reader's intelligence, a flaw with many books of this sort, and giving more technical information than growers need. Her discussion of how one keeps straight which chick came from which mating--which involves the injection of food dyes into fertilized eggs, and carefully marking the webbings of feet--is downright ingenious. Flawless. John Mort

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Garden Way Publishing / Storey Communications, Inc; First Edition edition (January 6, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882666118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882666112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have 30 bantam chickens, and I turn to this book all the time whenever I have a proplem. I highly recomend it for anyone that is or is going to raise chickens. Whenever you have a problem you just turn to the diognoses charts, match the symptoms and the age, and find out what it is. You then go the back and find the disease, and then it tells you how to treat it, prevent it, if there's any human health risk and much MUCH more!! It also tell you EVERYTHING else you need to know on how to raise them. I VERY highly recomend this book as well as Storys Guide To Raising Chickens by Gail Dammerow as well.
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This is the first book I turn to when I have a question regarding the health of my chickens. I breed purebred bantams and large fowl, (as well as ducks, guineas, and geese.) Damerow's book has just about everything you need to know when it comes to keeping your birds healthy, or dealing with it when they're sick.

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

- Therapy

- 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!
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I first came across this book from my local library in Australia. I was very impressed that firstly a woman had written the book, (since it appears that Poultry Breeding/Exhibiting seems to be a very male interest here!) and secondly that she had done a great job.
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.
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This book is VERY well written. The details were helpful in determining what parasite one of my pullets had. I've read five books on chickens in the last month and this was by far the best and most informative of them all!!! It is a very easy to reference to. This book is a must have for any chicken owner or vet.
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Having invested a lot of good money in a large flock of over 500 chickens, I was at pains to see that every aspect of their welfare, care and diet was of the best possible quality. I must have been doing something right because my eggs quickly became much sought after. As with all new ventures, however, the honeymoon ended just as soon noticed one of my birds was unwell.

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.

NM
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An easy to read, down to earth book written by a veterinarian, includes topics of diseases, how to deal with the diseases and methods of prevention, chicken anatomy, parasites of poultry, diagnostic guides, environmental problems, vaccination, incubating and brooding of eggs and chicks.
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