- Series: Storey's Guide to Raising
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (November 8, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580172636
- ISBN-13: 978-1580172639
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry: Breeds, Care, Health Paperback – November 8, 2000
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From the Back Cover
The Best Advice n Raising Chickens, Turkeys, Waterfowl, and Game Birds
Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry is an invaluable resource for everyone who raises poultry. It contains the most comprehensive and current information available on:
- Selecting birds for meat
Housing and equipment
Home processing of eggs and poultry
Brooding and rearing
"Delivers what the title promises. A good value." (Yankee Magazine)
About the Author
During author Leonard S. Mercia's career as University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Poultryman, he wrote many Extension Service publications for small-scale poultry raising. He was professor of animal and dairy science at UVM for about 30 years. Following his retirement, the Vermont native toured Kenya, Uganda, and Honduras as a poultry consultant. He has also assisted adult and youth groups interested in poultry projects. He has written Storey's Raising Poultry the Modern Way, Raising Your Own Turkeys, Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry and Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys and edits The Vermont Poultry Industry Newsletter. Leonard lives in Shelburne, Vermont, with his wife Shirley.
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The book is a no-nonsense, fact-filled resource. Written for those who are serious about raising poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, game birds and other poultry). Written by a professional poultryman, the book covers nutrition, disease, immunity, housing, breeding and management in a comprehensive manner.
The writing is clear, terse and complete. The diagrams and drawings are good. The book has a superb index, along with a good glossary, a list of associations, an appendix that gives you sources of supplies and equipment, and much more.
The descriptions of the breeds of poultry could be better. The one paragraph given to various breeds is inadequate for those who are unfamiliar with breeds (Wyandottes, Australorps, Araucans etc.). The feed section is bias towards commercially packaged feeds, and gives little to no information on homemade mashes. In Peru, we must make our own mash, or go without.
All-in-all, Storey's Guide it is a lot more book than I initially needed. But, after reading through the book, I was both impressed and intrigued enough to consider raising other types of poultry. Hum, maybe turkeys are next. I did use Mercia's recommended method for killing chickens (sever the jugular and insert knife for debraining) and must confess that killing a chicken, regardless of the methodology, is not my preferred hobby. Strongly Recommended
In 352 pages, Mr. Mercia covers chickens, turkeys, ducks and guineas all quite throughly. Plus, he writes in a straight and concise manner without being textbooky and boring. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone no matter what poultry they were raising. He covers poultry for profit and butchering how-to, briefly as well.
The only drawbacks I can see with this book is it's in black and white, with only line drawings. Also, only a few breeds of poultry are covered, so I'd pair this with the "Storey's Poultry Illustrated Poultry book" by Carol Ekarius if you haven't picked out your poultry breed yet.