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Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps (Penguin Handbooks) Paperback – July 28, 2009

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About the Author

Alan Thompson, author of the poultry section of this book, kept poultry from the moment he left school. He obtained his technical knowledge at Harper Adams College and was Editor of the Poultry Farmer for 15 years. He also farmed livestock in Copthorne, Sussex, and his voice was familiar to all those who listened to the BBC poultry talks. Claude Goodchild, author of the rabbit section, spent the first 35 years of his life on an Essex farm and bred rabbits on a considerable scale from the age of 15. He later went on to run the largest rabbit farm of its time in England at Black Corner, near Crawley, Sussex. He started the Rex rabbit in England, was among the first to breed Chinchillas and visited Russia in an advisory capacity at the invitation of the Soviet Government.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Handbooks
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 Original edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141038624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141038629
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed this little book even though I'm experienced at raising rabbits and poultry,it gives a little perspective on how challenging it was to obtain feed and rations during wartime and how important it was for people to raise rabbits and poultry during this time.It gives alot of useful advice for raising rabbits and poultry in a very practical and earthy way,I especially like that it describes the Oscend method of dressing a rabbit for the table and also offers great advice for maintaining a setting hen and hatching your own chicks and ducklings.I recommend this book for beginners and experienced poultry and rabbit keepers,it is an enjoyable and informative read.
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This book talks about a lot more than feeding scraps to chickens and rabbits. It covers everything from breeding and housing to diseases, but it doesn't go into much detail. The section on feeding is interesting, but it uses some unfamiliar language like "layer's mash" and "Balancer meal." Those terms probably made sense to people in the U.K. after WWII, which I think is when this book was written.

The book is definitely interesting for its historical context, and it has some info that you don't find in other books, like how to tattoo a rabbit (presumably to identify or brand it). But for usefulness, I would probably choose one of the more modern books. I also think it's a bit pricey for what you get.
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This book was so fascinating! Great read, and lots of amazing and useful information. A must read for anyone with rabbits.
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