This visually appealing guide provides all the information that you need in order to start keeping poultry. A buyer s guide shows what features to look for in healthy poultry, and essential information is provided on good poultry husbandry to ensure optimum welfare. A beautifully illustrated guide to poultry breeds of the world follows. Each breed is illustrated with a lavish photograph, and comprehensive text describes the breed type and characteristics. A final chapter looks at popular goose, duck and turkey breeds. If you are interested in keeping a few birds in the back garden, selling eggs for profit, breeding birds for sale or exhibiting pure breeds, this authoritative guide is the perfect book for you. THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS, DUCKS, GEESE & TURKEYS A directory of poultry breeds and how to keep them: with step-by-step techniques and more than 700 stunning photographs Fred Hams
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About the Author Fred Hams started his own poultry farm in 1960. Later, he was employed by Wye Agricultural College. Fred has served on the Ministry of Agriculture s Genetic Resources Committee and is a founding member of the Rare Poultry Society. He is a Natonal Championship judge, helped start the poultry fanciers magazine Fancy Fowl, and since 2004 has served as consultant to the bestselling Practical Poultry magazine.
Biblio NotesIncludes a comprehensive visual directory of the world s pure breeds of poultry, turkeys, ducks and geese, describing the key characteristics of each Helpful answers are provided to common everyday questions such as what s involved in poultry keeping at home? How much work will it entail? Can chickens make suitable pets? What is the financial outlay? What breeds should I choose? Information is provided on poultry housing, maintenance, feeding, security, health and hygiene Step-by-step projects for adapting an existing shed or outbuilding into a poultry house, with a detailed photographic guide
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