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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
“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
This is my go to book when I have concerns with my flock. A good reference book.Published 5 months ago by Sonia S.
Wow! Packed with easy to understand information. This should be the go-to book for small scale poultry keepers.Published 9 months ago by Kelly
I will be 13 next month and we have about 30 to 40 full size cickens and 10 bantams and when ever I have a qestion I always rent this book because it is so basic and has so much... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2001
This book is VERY well written. The details were helpful in determining what parasite one of my pullets had. Read morePublished on April 18 2001 by H. Crosson