Prized for their feathers or eggs, raised for their meat or their beauty or simply for fun, poultry of a dazzling array of sorts and sizes have a place in the heart of farmers, ranchers, and bird fanciers alike. If you want to raise fowl—of whatever kind and for whatever reason—this book is the perfect place to begin. Poultry expert Christine Heinrichs lays out the distinctions between waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans), turkeys, gamebirds (peafowl, pheasants, quail, and others), ratites (ostriches, emus, and rheas), and pigeons. She then clearly details the very different requirements for raising each species, from feeding and housing to husbandry and health, to showing and marketing and legal concerns. Whether you’re thinking of starting a flock or acquiring a few feathered friends, this handy guide tells you everything you need to know to raise healthy poultry for pleasure or profit—or both.
- Breed Guide & Selection
- Proper Care & Healthy Feeding
- Building Facilities & Fencing
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About the Author
Christine Heinrichs is the author of How to Raise Chickens and has been a writer for more than 30 years. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She participated in the National Tropical Botanical Garden's Environmental Journalism Fellowship on Kauai in 2007. Heinrichs lives with her husband in Cambria, California. http://poultrybookstore.com/
What People are Saying About This
The information she presents is fascinating, and it’s stuff you aren’t likely to encounter in other books about chickens or poultry. And the photos are terrific…While it’s not really a how-to book (and I got the feeling it wasn’t meant to be, despite the title,) it’s amazing how much how-to information is crammed into it. If you don’t kow a thing about raising birds, you’ll at least get a pretty good idea of what’s involved…you get an informative, entertaining, beautiful and fascinating look at the wide world of poultry. This is a book any bird lover could spend many delightful hours with.
Backyard Poultry Magazine, April/May 2009
This may seem an unlikely title for attention in a science journal, unless you have been paying attention to the global economic crisis. Some areas are considering poultry-powered plants. Turns out chicken poop pollutes more than coal. Who knew? The author of this book, a poultry expert and 30-year journalist, offers detailed guidance with lots of color photos on how to raise birds from water fowl to turkeys and emus. Start checking local zoning for permit rules on raising your own food—and maybe energy? Science Communication
Whether you want eggs, meat, feathers, hide, or simply beauty, this indispensable resource explains all the helpful dos and don’ts. From gourmet foods to goose down, from ostrich leather to peacock feathers, poultry expert Christine Heinrichs covers it all. http://www.enterfarm.com/