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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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Although most people think the term poultry refers to chickens, it also includes other domesticated farm birds, such as ducks, geese, and turkeys. Livestock breeder Ekarius covers all these birds and more in her colorful guide to poultry varieties. After an introductory chapter on poultry genetics and breeding, the author begins with the most numerous of poultry, the chickens. She takes a breed-by-breed look at each type, divided into the laying breeds, the meat breeds, and the ornamental breeds. A short write-up describes the breed, giving a little of its history and development. Boxed facts list the poultry show class, the size, details of the feather color, comb and wattles, place of origin, conservation status (many breeds are rare or endangered), and any special qualities. Waterfowl, turkeys, and other birds, such as guinea fowl, ostriches, and pigeons, each receive similar treatment. Beautiful photographs illustrate each breed. An extensive glossary, a list of resources (including breed clubs, other organizations, and hatcheries), and a bibliography complete a nice all-in-one introduction. Bent, Nancy
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More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, the ultimate primer for farmers and fancies alike. Admire the handsome black and white plumage of Lakenvelder roosters, read the fascinating history of the Blue Hens of Delaware, and marvel at the petite size and toylike appearance of Call ducks. And if you're curious to know which heritage turkeys are making a comeback, look no further.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (May 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176675
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shana VINE VOICE on July 27, 2007
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It's about time that a nice & complete book like this on 99.9% of poultry breeds (that even I can afford!) has came out. As an avid chicken lady I used to long for a complete guide with color photos on Chicken and Duck breeds. Finally, Carol Ekarius has gave the "poultry addicted" a book dedicated to the characteristics of each poultry breed.

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!
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What a bargain this big, beautiful book is is! Nice photos and one or two page descriptions of just about all the common US standard bred chickens, plus ducks and geese. Great for the person considering a new breed.

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".
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This is a terrific book. I refer to it often. When I do, I am always aware of where this book falls short...consitency. While the chicken section, for example, is organized by layers, meat, etc they do not consistenly tell you how many eggs each chicken lays. Some have this info, some it doesn't even speak about it (even in the layer section). It would be nice if there were a list of facts they consistently provided for each bird.
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!)
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We are hobby farm enthusiasts with a flock of poultry, and bought the book for the illustrations! Comparable to the Standard of Perfection for Poultry, the photographs of rare breed poulty, ducks, geese and turkeys are thoroughly captivating! With detailed information about the genetics and science of the origin and genesis of the species, this book will be treasured by our family for years to come! Recommended!
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Nicely done book. Carol Ekarius did a good job illuminating potential and current poultry fanciers and enthusiasts on poultry with a guide on different breeds and their qualities. It is a good coffee table book which will entertain most who open the pages, as with all Storey books.

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.
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From the ancient chicken breed Araucana, which appeared before Columbus, to one of the first domesticated breeds now endangered to common breeds, Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds provides a powerful guide packing in North American domestic and wild poultry and adding color photos throughout. Sidebars of detail include identifying characteristics and facts, while notes comment on how each breed was created and marketed, and its special attributes. Both casual poultry farmers to more serious breeders will find plenty of information in a book especially recommended for rural library holdings and any college-level collection strong in agriculture and farm management.
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