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1. Pastured Poultry Profits
2. Storey's Illustrated Guide to
3. Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry:
4. Poultry Diseases
5. Genetics of the Fowl: The Classic
6. Raising Poultry Successfully
7. Day Range Poultry: Every Chicken
8. Diseases of Poultry
9. Keeping Poultry And Rabbits On
10. Free-Range Poultry
11. Poultry House Construction (Gold
12. The American Standard of Perfection,
13. Woman's Institute Library of Cookery;
14. Meat Buyers Guide: WITH Poultry
15. Old Poultry Breeds (Shire Library)
16. The American standard of perfection,
17. The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The
18. Williams-Sonoma The Best of the
19. Poultry (The Good Cook Techniques
20. Modern Livestock & Poultry

1. Pastured Poultry Profits
by Joel Salatin
Paperback: 334 Pages (1996-07)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$21.50
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Asin: 0963810901
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year with an investment equivalent to the price of one new medium-sized tractor. Seldom has agriculture held out such a plum. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future.

"All of us interested in seeing an American rural revival should thank Joel and Teresa Salatin for going to the effort and expense to share their experiences and recommendations for pastured poultry with you." —Allan Nation, Editor, The Stockman Grass Farmer ... Read more

Customer Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for pastured poultry.
After seeing this done on a farm in Ky thought I would try myself.This book has been a good resource on Pastured Poultry.Although I consider myself pretty knowledgeable in poultry I learned many things from the book.It is a little old but by far the majority of information stays the same.We are using the system and it does work well.I would highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best guide to raising commercial chickens naturally!
Any book by Joel Salatin is chock full of practical no-nonsense advice for living and thriving in the country.Chickens, even in the city, are now considered a "gateway animal" to more natural connections to our food.A step-by-step guide for making money with broilers, chickens and eggs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information!
This is a very comprehensive look at poultry farming.I have raised chickens for food for my family in the past and it has been good experience but to raise poultry for sale is a whole other story.He lists the good the bad and everything that you need to know in between.Why re-invent the wheel when you can learn from somebody who has been doing it for years, what a time and money saver.

5-0 out of 5 stars Common Sense
Mr. Salatin's approach is direct and easy to understand; while giving a good idea of the potential behind his method for raising pastured chicken he offers a realistic picture of likely trouble so the newcomer's expectations can be based on good, detailed information that is candid but refreshingly filled with basic common sense, which, sadly, is no longer very common. The detailed description of his system, accompanied with the reasoning behind it, is as practical a manual as anyone can desire to get started in the right direction by following a method with a proven track record that dispels unreachable fantasies while providing a well grounded vision of the opportunity for a successful enterprise without taking the romantic essence of the pioneering spirit which the Salatin's have resurrected in modern America. After reading this book, and two others by Mr. Salatin, I must say they are easy and enjoyable reading full of useful information.

5-0 out of 5 stars down to earth chicken keeping
Detailed explainations from a farmer author/speaker about raising chickens both for meat and eggs.I attended a presentation byMr. Salatan recently and was glad to review his principles and read more detail regarding pasture-raised chickens.Many questions I may have had are all covered in his book.Pastured Poultry Profits also covers companian livestock and home processing of chickens.We now have our first 75 chicks; and I know it will be rewarding work. ... Read more

2. Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds
by Carol Ekarius
Paperback: 288 Pages (2007-05-30)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$13.00
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Asin: 1580176674
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Farmers and fanciers keep an astonishing variety of poultry breeds in North America. These birds provide meat and eggs to nourish us and feathers to keep us warm. Their quirky personalities and charming good looks make them barnyard favorites. They inspire passionate devotion from show breeders and provide a living for farmers.

Presented here, breed by breed, are more than 120 barnyard fowl — from chickens and turkeys to emus and pheasants. For each animal, readers will find stunning color photography, a brief history, and a detailed description. The identifying characteristics included for each breed are: class (standard and bantam); size (for cocks and hens); appearance of comb, wattles, and earlobes; color (everything from black-breasted red to silver laced); place of origin; conservation status; and special qualities (including longevity, size and quantity of eggs, quality of meat, and other relevant uses). Author Carol Ekarius provides enough information to satisfy both the dedicated browser and the serious farmer weighing the pros and cons of multiple breeds.

In 2005, Storey's Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America celebrated horses in a coffee-table reference that captivated enthusiasts of all ages. Now farmers, breeders, backyard chicken keepers, and unabashed poultry fanatics will have a definitive guide of their own. If it's poultry — fair or fowl — it's in this book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Guide to Poultry Breeds
Book is wonderful!It is just what I wanted and needed. It is in wonderful condition. I would buy angin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book: Fascinating, Beautiful, Educational
I have no regrets after purchasing this book. It was very easy to read and understand, contained excellent images, and covered some very fascinating poultry breeds from the mundane to the exotic. The index of bird coloration was very helpful. The chicken breeds are separated into 3 categories (laying breeds, meat breeds and ornamental breeds), which I find is a nice touch. It does have some limited information on birds such as peafowl, ostriches, swans, etc. but its main focuses were chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys. I'm sure that any poultry enthusiast would enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The bird raisers helper.
Very informative on the different breeds of fowl. A great book to use as a reference. Large color pictures, detailed information. I wouldn't be without it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds
I love this book which has tons of information about poultry plus wonderful color photos. Its lay-out makes it easy to find info. on any birds you might be interested in.
I only gave it 4 stars because so many of the photos are of the bantam -size birds instead of the full size of the breed. I know they are alot alike, but would prefer standard versions.
A great poultry book to have!

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and useful book
What a joy this book is!Whether you're a newcomer to poultry-owning or an old hand, you will enjoy these photographs.The text is helpful too, especially to those who have little or no experience with the different breeds.This is a GREAT book! ... Read more

3. Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry: Breeds, Care, Health
by Leonard Mercia
Paperback: 352 Pages (2000-11-08)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$7.99
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Asin: 1580172636
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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For 17 years readers have turned to Storey Books for advice on raising animals. Our Modern Way series of six books has sold more than 1,000,000 copies. In an effort to provide readers with the best how-to animal books on the market we are completely updating all six Modern Way titles and re-introducing them as part of our Guide to Raising series.

Written by experts, these guides give novice and experienced livestock farmers all they need to know to successfully keep and profit from animals. Each book includes information on selection, housing, space requirements, breeding and birthing techniques, feeding, behavior, and health concerns and remedies for illness. The books also address the business of raising animals - processing meat, milk, eggs, and more. The authors were chosen not only for their expertise but also for their ability to explain the ins and outs of animal husbandry in an inviting and authoritative manner.Whether readers are ready to start an entire herd or flock or are considering purchasing their first animal, Storey's Guide to Raising series offers vital information; each book is an indispensable reference. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good overview, but not enough detail
This was a good overview for raising poultry breeds, but not enough detail on ay specific one. I didn't feel confident after reading this that I had enough info to begin, (maybe I'm just overly cautious). I also purchased Storey's guide to rasing chickens and feel that it helped to fill in the gaps. I also recommend finding someone in your area who can serve as a guide and mentor in this field. There are always questions that come up once you get started.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bestseller, definetely
If you are looking to know how to raise birds, dont look further, this book has everything you need as a started, buy read it and enjoy it, while raising birds, it just need some minors changings for the tropical climate, you need to look the local practices also to compere yourself, also is advisable to visit the local Agricultural Institute for more information

3-0 out of 5 stars Descent book.
I thought this book was descent. This book is geared more towards chickens, turkeys, & ducks. It poorly covers guineas and game birds. This book did not help me much since I have guineas & pheasants.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very in-depth
Not catered to the back yard bird grower. More for someone looking into commercial raising. I felt like the chapter on chicken biology was a poor choice to go into so much depth. I think time would have been better spent talking about something else. However, I learned allot and would recommend keeping it around as a reference.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This book is really good, It is designed more for people who want to raise birds mostly for meat. It was however a good buy, and it came very quickly. ... Read more

4. Poultry Diseases
Hardcover: 632 Pages (2007-11-21)
list price: US$159.00 -- used & new: US$115.97
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Asin: 0702028622
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Now in its sixth edition, Poultry Diseases is once again fully revised with the addition of vital new material. It remains the standard reference work on health and disease for those involved in the poultry industry, government and veterinary education. Following a familiar structure, readers of the sixth edition gain concise but major reviews on current knowledge of general and disease-specific topics discussed over 45 (5 new) chapters in seven sections.With a large international team of contributors led by an authoritative editor team and a Foreword by Professor Frank Jordan, Poultry Diseases is an invaluable resource for the practicing veterinarian, poultry inspector, agricultural manager or veterinary student.

  • Covers common and rarer diseases found in all species of poultry (including chickens, ducks,
    turkeys, game birds and guinea-fowl).
  • Each chapter outside the General Overview section identifies clearly Epidemiology, Clinical
    Signs and Differential Diagnosis, Pathogenesis, Treatment and Control. Systems chapters
    discuss disorders of selected body systems in detail, leading to differential diagnosis of the
    specific disorder
  • Comprehensive Appendices of Useful Data, Glossary of Terms, and Lists of diseases specific to
    Turkeys and Ducks (cross-referenced to the disease organisms in the main text)
  • Worldwide coverage from a recognized international team of editors and contributors

  • 5 new chapters and major chapter revisions on biosecurity in poultry management; avian
    influenza; legislation and poultry welfare
  • New contributors and 2 new prominent editors make up a 4 strong editorial team
  • Two color format with over 60 2-colour illustrations highlights key information
  • Viral chapters now include information on zoonoses
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good info, boring presentation
I am a veterinarian interested in expanding my chicken knowledge.This book has good information but has very few pictures, and the way that it is arranged makes it difficult to look up rule outs for a disease based on symptoms observed.It is written for mostly high production systems, and doesn't have much info at all on individual problems.It seems to be written for British poultry vets, but it does also include US info.I would not recommend this book. ... Read more

5. Genetics of the Fowl: The Classic Guide to Chicken Genetics and Poultry Breeding
by Frederick B. Hutt
Paperback: 604 Pages (2003-05-13)
list price: US$44.95 -- used & new: US$40.45
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Asin: 0972177035
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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GENETICS OF THE FOWL has been the indispensible companionof chicken breeders since it was first published in 1949. Chaptersinlcude the genetics of plumage, egg production, body size, diseaseresistance, and much more. The readable style of the book is arefreshing change from modern tomes written for an audience ofresearchers. Long out of print, this book has been brought back byNorton Creek Press as part of its Norton Creek Classics line. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars classic book
This book is an excellent review of poultry genetics, a historical view. It is not up to date on current genetics however. ... Read more

6. Raising Poultry Successfully
by Will Graves
Paperback: 192 Pages (1985-04)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$6.93
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Asin: 0913589098
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Provides information on: deciding on a meat only, eggs only, or dual purpose flock; incubation and rearing the young; feeds: home-grown vs. commercially milled feeds; disease control; housing and watering; butchering and dressing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Local writer! Stays relevant!
I am so excited to keep chickens again. I was so excited I got online and bought several books on the subject. What I like most about this book is how current it is. So many of the books I bought were written back before the egg or the chicken... :) But seriously, this is a practical guide that gives modern advice! Very handy!

5-0 out of 5 stars More about cocks please.
This is a great book, growing up on a poultry farm I can agree with the author - it's not easy!

Hens can be difficult, getting the feltch balance is so hard, just how much do you give them? And should it be straw fed?

Managing cocks is just plain difficult! Cocls tend to get trapped in small places and rarely do what you want.If I had 10c for every time I have trapped a cock in the door I wouldn't need pocket money!!

Overall though a good book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Everything a beginner needs.....
This book was a great reference tool for starting my 'chicken raising experience'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Raising Poultry Successfully by Will Graves
My four Rhode Island Reds are my first ever to care for and this book helped me to quickly know what to do without having to take a college course. It is helpful in building of and requirements of a coop,requirements for the growing chick into adulthood (food, lighting, temperature, water, protection and cleanliness.)I highly recommend this book and also bought onefor a christmas present for an owner of a small flock.Plus there is much more information like, illness& diseases, butchering, ducks, turkeys, and incubation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book for the beginner on the market.
I own a small hatchery and poultry farm. We sell hundreds of baby chicks every month. When someone with little or no poultry experience asks for some good reference material for their new chicks, I point them to this book. Will Graves covers every aspect of raising poultry in great detail, but does not bore his reader. This book is also a great reference item for the current poultry owner. If I have a question, I turn to Mr. Graves first. I highly recommend this book. ... Read more

7. Day Range Poultry: Every Chicken Owner's Guide to Grazing Gardens & Improving Pastures
by Andy W. Lee, Patricia L. Foreman
Paperback: 312 Pages (2002-06-01)
list price: US$22.00 -- used & new: US$14.82
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Asin: 0962464872
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From the best selling authors of Chicken Tractor, you will discover how easy and profitable it is to sell chickens, eggs, and turkey raised in gardens or on pastures. You don't need a lot of land or a large investment.

• Make top dollars rasing poultry.
• Raise Thanksgiving turkeys for yourself and others.
• Build and regenerate soils using natural fertilizer deposited directly from your poultry onto yoru soil.
• Learn the secrets to incubation, hatchery management and brooding.
• Process poultry cheaply, humanely and profitably.
• Sell eggs and meat with that old-fashioned flavor and homegrown goodness.

Learn about the revolutionary day range system of raising poultry on pasture that is low maintenance with high profits.. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not for homesteador backyard flock owners
This is a great book for commercial chicken operations. This book is not much use for the small flock owner. For small flock or backyard flock owners I recommend "The Chicken Tractor" by the same authors..

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the Bigger Operation
This is a well written book with plenty of info on tested methods as well as the latest thinking and market-wise advise. It is mostly applicable to the larger scale operatons, though. I wanted something for a small number of chickens--one or two dozen--and so found this less useful. I should have bought a different book because of the scale of my needs, but that is not the book's fault.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for business, more than I needed
This is an excellent book. I just recently started raising chickens and was disappointed at the information available at the local library. I purchased Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide , Day Range Poultry: Every Chicken Owner's Guide to Grazing Gardens and Improving Pastures , and Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care / Feeding / Facilities . Recent reading at the library about pasture raising livestock got me interested in this title. The volume they discuss is a little more than I was interested in, but that is not the fault of the book. It is well written, an easy read, and comprehensive in the amount of information it contains. The only thing I could add to Claudia Campbell's comments is that information is also included in business organization, strategies and marketing. If you go into poultry on this scale, it has to make a profit to be sustainable. I agree this book is a complete resource.

As for my ambitions, I found Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide an excellent introductory text and Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care / Feeding / Facilities adequate for my needs. Both these books have ample reviews and I could not add to them. We live in a small rural area and the library depends on local donations. Chickens In Your Backyard and Day Range Poultry will be donated to the library. Storey's will be kept as a reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars This fowl book hits a home run!
I just finished Day Range Poultry and am thoroughly impressed.They not only tell you what Day Range is, but compare it to other methods of raising birds listing the pros and cons of each.If you want to start raising birds, especially large numbers of birds, everything is here, in detail.How to set up a Day Range system for broilers, layers, and turkeys, including shelters, what worked and what didn't for them, feeds and feeding, protection from predators fencing and moving about the pasture for optimum manure spreading.
They talk a lot about designing a rotation system using pastured poultry with crops and other species to optimize your potentional profits.Everything is geared to optimizing the use of the land without high $ input while at the same time maintaining healthy, happy animals and increasing land fertility. They also include a section on incubating eggs with a troubleshooting chart when things go wrong.The section on processing is complete, from choosing equipment to the actual processing of your birds for home or for sale.You don't need another book to get started, all the info needed is here, with an extensive resource guide.I would highly recomend this book to anyone who is serious about rasing poultry for themselves or as a small home based business. ... Read more

8. Diseases of Poultry
Hardcover: 1352 Pages (2008-07-29)
list price: US$229.99 -- used & new: US$181.02
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Asin: 0813807182
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Now in its Twelfth Edition, Diseases of Poultry continues its tradition of excellence as the definitive reference of poultry disease. Following the same user-friendly format, the book has been thoroughly updated to reflect the most current knowledge of avian pathology, including new coverage of genetic resistance to disease.

Coverage is given to both common and uncommon diseases, and chapters are organized by disease type, including viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic diseases as well as others, such as nutritional, developmental, metabolic, noninfectious diseases and toxins. Each disease section provides detailed coverage of history, etiology, pathobiology, diagnosis, and intervention strategies, as well as the economic and public health significance of each disease.

With a host of international authors, Diseases of Poultry is a must-have resource for all veterinary pathologists, practitioners, agricultural managers and industry leaders involved in poultry health and production. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The 12th updated edition represents an extensive update and overhaul
Any college-level veterinary medicine library and any practicing vet working with farm animals must have DISEASES OF POULTRY. The 12th updated edition represents an extensive update and overhaul and packs in over 1300 pages of facts, from articles on various types of infections and their treatment to diagnosis, management, and flock health. It's the most extensive reference on the market and will easily prove a vet's 'bible' of information for poultry management many a farmer with a flock will need it, as well.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

5-0 out of 5 stars Diseases of Poultry
Excellent reference book. My previuos edition was from 1978. I am happy to have this new edition with lots of new items and updates.Very useful

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book available
I am a veterinarian, doing my residency in poultry medicine. This is by far the best book ever written about diseases of poultry. I have the enormous pleasure of working with one of the co-editors, and the work done in this book is exceptional. A must for anybody interested in the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book ever writen about......
I cannot say that I have a book 'cause I don't have it. But working in a Centre for Poultry I had a chance to read and learn from this book. I was so impressed with the way that author of this book aproach to diseases of poultry and acctually made so easily understanding and comprehensing this important matter. I acctually started to learn the whole subject from the beginning 'cause it was the best way to get the whole picture. I attend to buy a book for myself as soon as possible so that I can read it again and again. And I know that every time I will certanly learn something more. My best regards to the author where ever he can be. Yours,

Marijana Sokolovic. ... Read more

9. Keeping Poultry And Rabbits On Scraps
by Alan Thompson
Paperback: 176 Pages (2010-07-30)
list price: US$27.45 -- used & new: US$26.08
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Asin: 1445512319
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This unusual early work is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. Extensively illustrated with text diagrams and drawings, it is a comprehensive guide to keeping rabbits and chickens. The first half of the book is dedicated to showing how the maximum number of eggs can be obtained from the minimum amount of imported food and the second half aims to give practical guidance in as simple a form as possible, catering for the needs of the breeder who intends starting with a small number of rabbits. Thoroughly recommended for inclusion on the poultry and game enthusiast's bookshelf. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and interesting
I really enjoyed this little book even though I'm experienced at raising rabbits and poultry,it gives a little perspective on how challenging it was to obtain feed and rations during wartime and how important it was for people to raise rabbits and poultry during this time.It gives alot of useful advice for raising rabbits and poultry in a very practical and earthy way,I especially like that it describes the Oscend method of dressing a rabbit for the table and also offers great advice for maintaining a setting hen and hatching your own chicks and ducklings.I recommend this book for beginners and experienced poultry and rabbit keepers,it is an enjoyable and informative read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very basic information......
There was nothing wrong with this book, but it was *very* basic - a reprint of a very old government manual. Good thing that it was cheap.....

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little book..
Thinking about keeping a few chickens or rabbits?Get this book. Even if you are an "expert", you will still get something out of it. ... Read more

10. Free-Range Poultry
by Katie Thear
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2003-02)
list price: US$38.95 -- used & new: US$26.40
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Asin: 1873580592
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Very British, but good.
I agree with Robert Plamondon in that the book is full of British poultry regulations, but it still has a great deal of good information. I think it would be very boring, however, for the first-time poultry keeper in America. The basics on housing, sanitation, and the marketing of eggs were addressed rather well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting review?
I find it interesting that Robert Plamondon didn't like this book. Perhaps it's because he is the editor of a competing book which is recommended above instead of this one?

I haven't read this book, I'm trying to decide if I want to. It is recommended by Murray McMurray Hatchery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Free Range Poultry, by Katie Thear
This is a very comprehensive book written especially for those who are interested in getting started with free-range poultry.Although the author is British and writes for the British market, she still includes much information that is specific to regulations here in the US.Breeds; housing needs; land management; feeding; poultry management; eggs; table birds; breeding and rearing birds; showing birds; marketing; commong problems and diseases.The problems and diseases section could be a little more detailed, but for those just interested in learning about this way of raising poultry, they could easily take what they learn here and then have the knowledge to look for disease management books with more information.I highly recommend this book!:^)

2-0 out of 5 stars All About British Poultry Regulations
This book was a great disappointment to me. Instead of learning about free-range poultry, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the astonishing overregulation of the British poultry industry.The topic is apparently too broad to leave much room to talk about poultrykeeping. ... Read more

11. Poultry House Construction (Gold Cockerel)
by Michael Roberts
Paperback: 92 Pages (1997-11)
list price: US$13.48 -- used & new: US$9.59
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Asin: 0947870210
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a do-it-yourself guide to building poultry houses and allied equipment. It discusses the needs of the various types of fowl, and gives detailed plans and material lists for building coops, nest boxes, runs, arks, folds, a show box and a "poultry palace". ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
As 4H Leaders, we needed a book for our project to help new families figure out what type of chicken coop would be best, and get some ideas on how to build one. This book gives a nice variety of coop examples and is easy to understand, even for the novice builder. Well worth the price!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best guide for the home carpenter
This book has excellent illustrations and details for building your own poultry houses.It is the best of all the books I've found so far in offering easy to follow instructions.Keep in mind, however, that even building your own can be expensive if you have to purchase all new materials.The difference in costs should be weighed when you decide to build your own or purchase a prebuilt one from a manufacturer.You might be surprised! If you can scrounge lumber, hardware, and chicken wire from used sources, you're 'way ahead!

Only basic skills are really needed, and this book tells you everything you need to know.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Beginners
We were thinking about getting layers but didn't know much about care and housing.This book helped greatly in our decision making and has great ideas for design and construction of hen houses and other useful structures.Highly recommended for beginners.

1-0 out of 5 stars Skinny
If you are looking for ideas, probably not.If you are looking for plans skip this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for small projects
I bought this book on recommendation from someone reviewing Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock."Poultry House Construction" is certainly superior to that title, but is not exactly comparable."Chicken Coops" is all conceptual -- no measurements at all and some pretty crude drawings, but tons of ideas."Poultry House Construction" has good schematic drawings and measurements, with photos of finished projects, but is rather limited in its range of designs.

If you're keen on small-scale projects, this book is good: lots of nest boxes, arks and range feeders.There are also plans for four mid-sized coops with side- or top-access.If you are looking for plans for a large coop (say, for 10+ birds) that you can stand in, however, you won't find it here.I built a 6-ft. chicken ark (aka chicken tractor) using this book as inspiration, but you'll want to add your own touch to most of the plans.For my coop, I've had to look elsewhere.

I found How to Build Animal Housing: 60 Plans for Coops, Hutches, Barns, Sheds, Pens, Nestboxes, Feeders, Stanchions, and Much More exceptionally helpful for general information on construction -- from rabbit hutches up to giant cattle barns.If you don't have any real building experience, I highly recommend this title, even if you're just building a 7'x6' chicken coop like me.Check out the forum on "Coop & Run Design and Construction" at BackyardChickens[dot]com as well for a lot of great ideas and examples.
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12. The American Standard of Perfection, Illustrated
by American Poultry Association
Paperback: 304 Pages (2009-10-21)
list price: US$23.99 -- used & new: US$23.99
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Asin: 1112501797
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Originally published in 1905.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more

13. Woman's Institute Library of Cookery; Soup; Meat; Poultry and Game; Fish and Shell Fish
by Woman's Institute of Sciences
Paperback: 154 Pages (2010-09-05)
list price: US$24.11 -- used & new: US$24.11
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Asin: 1153745100
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: History / General; Cooking / General; Cooking / Regional ... Read more

14. Meat Buyers Guide: WITH Poultry Buyers Guide
by NAMP North American Meat Processors Association
Paperback: 336 Pages (2005-02-18)
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Asin: 0471741620
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For well over sixty years, the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) has provided the foodservice industry with reliable guidelines for purchasing meat. The Meat Buyer's Guide: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Pork, and Poultry maintains the authoritative information professionals expect, and by including information from The Poultry Buyer's Guide in this new edition, it offers a complete, single-source reference for every facility's meat-buying needs.

This new edition of The Meat Buyer's Guide features:

  • New uses for muscles in meat carcasses
  • New trim, cut, and processing options
  • More than 60 new photographs
NORTH AMERICAN MEAT PROCESSORS ASSOCIATION is a nonprofit trade association comprised of meat processing companies and associates who share a continuing commitment to provide their customers with reliable and consistent high-quality meat, poultry, seafood, game, and other food products.

NAMP Member Companies provide unparalleled service to their customers through their unique meat product offerings and premium distribution systems. They are meat experts who satisfy their customer's needs with quality products, professionalism and realiabity. Look for the NAMP symbol when deciding on a meat and food supplier.

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Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars meat guide
I had to get this book for my Meat Cutting class in culinary school.It had so much information!I highly reccomend it if you ever plan on owning a restaurant/buying large quanities of meat.Or if you just love meat.Tells you body parts, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
This book is a must have for any culinary proffesional like myself, or anyone interested in meats. The knowledge gained is invaluable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For People Who Are In The Food Bussiness
A well documented handbook of most meat in the market.It has beautiful pictures and detail describtions of each cut of meat.

From the scientific names of all muscle to the skeletal chart of the animal.The detail location, structure,and names of bones to the exact cutting point to seperate each muscle..it's awesome.

The addition of the poultry, turkey, duck/goose, and game birds section makes the guide book an even interesting and worthwhile purchase..

For students who are in the culinary courses this guide book will provide an in-depth knowledge of all the cuts of meat in the commercial market and help them to have a further understanding on this topic "BUTCHERING".

The guide book is a must have for people in the meat industry,it acts as a great reference book like what an encyclopedia does..

1-0 out of 5 stars bought it based on review in Saveur
I bought this book based on a review in Saveur.It did not give me the information that I wanted and at $50+, I thought that it was very overpriced.

5-0 out of 5 stars As the title implies, for meat lovers
At $65.00, this book is primarily intended for libraries, but also for those who often buy and cook meat. It is an encyclopedia with lots of color illustrations of the various animals, and cuts of meat. ... Read more

15. Old Poultry Breeds (Shire Library)
by Fred Hams
Paperback: 40 Pages (2008-03-04)
list price: US$11.95 -- used & new: US$10.15
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Asin: 074780396X
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During the 1960s many of the old breeds of poultry almost died out, but there is now a growing interest in these animals. This book illustrates many breeds of chicken, their history and development. There is also a chapter on turkeys.' ... Read more

16. The American standard of perfection, illustrated. A complete description of all recognized varieties of fowls
 Paperback: 350 Pages (2010-09-08)
list price: US$32.75 -- used & new: US$22.31
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Asin: 1171718233
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Publisher: [Boston, Mass.Subjects: PoultryNotes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
There are no illustrations, headings are missing and the index does not match the text. ... Read more

17. The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit (The Joy of Series)
by Jennifer Megyesi
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-02-25)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$9.05
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Asin: 1602393133
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The most comprehensive full-color chicken book available.

Finally backyard farmers who want to keep afew hens for eggs have a bible that'sattractive enough to leave out on the coffeetable, and inexpensive enough to purchase on awhim. This comprehensive guide, written incharming prose from the perspective of anorganic farmer, will appeal to readers who areinterested in raising chickens, or simply wantthe best knowledge about how to cook them. Withthis in mind, farmer and animal expert JenniferMegyesi discusses all the basic details ofraising the birds—general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so on—and she cuts throughthe smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultryfarmers and consumers.

No chickenbook would be complete without information onhow to show chickens for prizes, and this is nodifferent, but The Joy of KeepingChickens also stresses the importance ofself-sustainability and organic living, and thesatisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive nature of thisreadable, informative guide, and Megyesi'senthusiasm about keeping chickens. Coupled withGeoff Hansen's gorgeous full-color photographs, this text makes for an instant classic in thecategory.

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Customer Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars good book except....
Isn't it ironic that a book designed to appeal to the sustainable, local living crowd should be printed in China?I was going to give this book a 5 star review until I saw that.

On the content of the book...lovely.I literally read this book in one day.We are moving from big city to a small property in the boonies very soon, and I can't wait to try raising chickens. I found the book to be a great introduction.The chart for selecting breeds is helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Direct and informative
I liked the directness of this care book.It is good for beginners with chickens.I preferred City Chicks though for a more down to earth and great knowledgable author.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK! It has been well read here at out home
We are newbie chicken owners and this book has been an absolute delight! I have read it over and over and my husband, who already knows everything, has actually read it! He may have even learned something (smiling here).

The author explains how to raise chickens in a manner that you would expect from a friend who knows you well. She does not get too indepth or too simple...just right! She tells you how to get started in chickens at a variety of levels and how to do it in a manner than is best for you and the chickens.

Plus, her story of how she got into chickens is exactly like mine. We must stop factory farming of our animals and she supports that the right way...with her dollars, as do we.

GREAT BOOK!!!! I suggest it for anyone interested in chickens!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit
Great book to read through and use as a reference. Very happy with this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book about chickens in various relationships
This is a great book that has actual photographs of real Chickens.We have chickens in our yard so I can tell.

We just have egg chickens (no offense to Elroy the rooster), but the book goes into meat birds as well (we don't have room for that).

This book delves deep into the relationship between humans and chickens (well, as deep as it can).

This is a great book (if you are interested in chickens).If you aren't sure what they are then this would be a good book for you to get a jump start. ... Read more

18. Williams-Sonoma The Best of the Kitchen Library: Meats & Poultry
by Chuck Williams
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2004-04-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$3.99
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Asin: 0848728912
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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All of your favorite recipes from the award-winning, forty-three volume Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library can now be found in four new comprehensive collector’s editions. These collector’s editions feature gorgeous, full-color images of every recipe as a finished dish, and step-by-step photographs that illuminate more challenging tasks. Written by international cooking authorities, these timeless recipe collections provide everything the home cook needs to prepare delicious, inspiring meals for friends and family. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love this book.I haven't had a bad meal yet!Recipes are easy to follow, ingredients are easy to find, pictures are great.Some meals take a long time to cook, but this is because you're really cooking from scratch!We have over 60 cookbooks, and this one is one of the favorites.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well seasoned
I like this cookbook.Most of the recipes have sophisticated flavors without an all-day cooking extravaganza.Moreover, it's organized by season, so it's easy to find something that includes those items readily available during all times of the year.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but lots of focus on grilling
This is a pretty good book.There are a variety of recipes for beef (including steaks, roasts, ground), pork, poultry (primarily chicken, but some quail, duck, etc), lamb, and veal.The Williams-Sonoma publishers are masters at selling pictures to the audience and getting you to buy the book based on the picture (hey, they sold me! :) ).Each recipe is accompanied with a beautiful picture of the dish.Sometimes the pictures have side dishes in them that look equally appealing, but there is no recipe in the book for the side dishes (so the title is strict:this is only meats and poultry).There also is a small section in the front for creating sauces that are used in the dishes.I have made a few of the beef recipes and the chicken sausage fettucine with white wine (amazing and VERY quick to make), and have been happy so far.

My only major qualm with this book is that many of the recipes are geared for grilling.I know WS has other books on grilling, and this book seems to encompass many of the recipes.I do love grilled foods, but living in a small apartment, I don't have the luxury of firing up the grill like others may have.Most of the recipes that require grilling also have instructions for broiling or searing/grilling indoors, so you can likely still make the recipe--it probably just won't taste as good.Overall a good book for the money.However, it seems like a good portion of these recipes are in other WS cookbooks, so if you already have some WS meat, poultry, and grilling books (I do not), this may not be for you. ... Read more

19. Poultry (The Good Cook Techniques & Recipes Series)
by Time-Life Books
Hardcover: 176 Pages (1979-05)
list price: US$19.93 -- used & new: US$19.99
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Asin: 0809428504
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Learning to cook is all about technique not recipes; that's what this excellent series is all about.Poulry is one of the best technique books you will find and the bonus is that there are some very great recipes in the back.I've had copies of this book ever since the series came out in the 1970's and 80's--this particular book on Poultry is my favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a staple cookbook for chicken lovers
This cookbook is a must-have staple cookbook. Wanna cook chicken right? Check out this book. It teaches you the most essential techniques for handling chicken: slow braising, basting, roasting, stuffing, correct cutting, carving, etc.

I've made a lot of fantastic dishes from this non-descrip book, but it truly is an American classic. It even had some recipes that I didn't expect, like claypot chicken recipes. So many chicken dishes to peruse. I always turn to this cookbook for everyday fare.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is my 'Bird Bible'!
I purchased a copy of this book originally in 1985. back when I didn't know what to do with a chicken except shake & bake.I have lived through my entire married life with it. I lost my original copy when I moved this year, and I was honestly heartbroken, as it is long out of print. I sit here on the verge of processing my shopping cart, wiping tears from my cheeks. I love this book, I can't make a bird without it. There is no substitute for the instructional pictures. I was lost at Thanksgiving, as I always open this book before I turn on the oven, and I nevercarved without it beside me. My Turkey was a little messy this year! ... Read more

20. Modern Livestock & Poultry Production
by James R. Gillespie, Frank Flanders
Hardcover: 1136 Pages (2009-01-28)
list price: US$111.95 -- used & new: US$69.99
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Asin: 1428318089
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Modern Livestock and Poultry Production, 8th Edition, entices and engages readers with new, full-color photographs and illustrations, and up-to-date comprehensive information covering agriscience and production information for major and minor livestock and poultry animals.Having undergone extensive updates, the text now includes materials on biosecurity, animal ID, and vertical integration, while still incorporating vital agriscience and production information, including real-life applications, required for high school students? success in the field. Educators are provided tools like the Instructor?s Guide and the Classmaster CD-ROM, which features a customizable testbank and PowerPoint slides based on the content and organization of the text, to make teaching the subject easier, more interesting and effective.Modern Livestock and Poultry Production, 8th Edition continues to be a widely recommended text by local chapters and the national association of the FFA, which sponsors popular competitions and Career Development Events (CDEs) in livestock and poultry. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but expensive as all hell
This is a really good, thorough livestock book. It covers more than a vet tech student will ever need to know about food animal production.

Having said all that, it's way too expensive for a mostly black and white book printed on cheap paper that's one step above newsprint in quality.

The only way someone would fork over 140 bucks for this thing is if they were forced to by an instructor.

If you have to spend 140 bucks on a damned textbook, at least this is a good one. ... Read more

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