The Chicken Health Handbook Paperback – Jan 6 1994
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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
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With replacing any sick bird being a far cheaper option than vets bills, it soon became a question of either culling or curing. This book is fairly comprehensive when it comes to poultry health and has proved to be one of the best books on the subject I was able to find. Subjects range from Diet, anatomy, health, parasites, diseases, environment, rats, incubation, brooding and so forth. As I say, fairly comprehensive.
It is very difficult to read a book of this type from cover to cover - although there are sections which should be read and understood by all poultry keepers. Readers will, however, be consulting this book in the hope of finding an answer to something specific. It is important, therefore, to find the symptoms displayed by a sick bird adequately described so that the reader is able to identify the problem and be certain that his diagnosis is correct. Generally speaking, I did find the information to be there, but finding that description of a specific illness, disease or whatever was the hardest part. This can become frustrating - especially when you want to get on and find the correct remedy.
In short, I would suggest this is a very good book. I believe it really does contain the answers to the many and varied questions people will have about the health of their birds but finding that answer did prove to be very difficult at times.
I would, therefore, suggest the serious keeper studies this book over a period of time in order to form a solid appreciation of everything concerned with the health of their Chickens.
There are lots of practical ideas and simple methods of diagnosing and treating diseases all in laymans lingo. Which drugs will work on particular diseases and warnings about using the drugs. Particularly helpful was the reference of each disease and other diseases which might have the same symptoms. Since reading this book, I have seen it recommended many times by other chook breeders on [...] message board.
I was concerned that this might be written for "Americans only" but there are actually references to Australia and most of the diseases and treatments apply here also. Unfortunately, when I went to purchase this book from my local book store, I was told that it was unavailable in Australia and my library must have purchased a joblot of books from America to originally have it to loan.
Thanks to Amazon books, I will now own a copy of this book which I am sure will be read again and again.
Comprehensive and seemingly well-researched, this is a book that you hope you'll never need, but which you should have on hand anyhow. It includes many easy-to-use diagnostic charts and quick-reference descriptions of maladies. The appendices include a glossary, recommended reading, and list of suppliers; and impressively, a list of pathology labs for both the US and Canada.
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This is my go to book when I have concerns with my flock. A good reference book.Published 7 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 11 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
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