This book covers the 100 most familiar chicken breeds in Europe and
North America. The breed profiles are written in an engaging style that
covers the history of each breed, the main characteristics, and how to
look after them. Each breed is illustrated with delightful paintings by
the author. The illustrations also detail comb types, feather markings,
colours and other significant characteristics.
The book also offers practical advice about poultry-rearing and husbandry, including practical sections on buying hens, the equipment needed to keep and breed them, basic care (including feeding and hygiene), common ailments, troubleshooting, care of chicks and more. The differences between breeds is discussed, including the pros and cons of pure breeds, hybrids, bantams, game fowl and layers vs table hens. The foreword has been written by HRH the Prince of Wales.
About The Author
Celia Lewis is an accomplished artist and is passionate about chickens. She is the co-author of a bestselling book on rearing chickens.
'Great to look at, fascinating to read, even if you're not fowl-minded' Saga Magazine (April 2010) 'A sumptuously illustrated guide to our feathered friends, which is a round-up of all the different species, complete with their individual histories and peppered with practical advice on how to look after them...Mouthwatering.' The Express 'The whole book is peppered with some of the best contemporary illustrations of popular breeds that we've ever seen...but this certainly isn't just a picture book...There's plenty of useful text included too, covering breed introductions, buying advice, housing. common ailments, feeding etc.' Practical Poultry (June 2010) 'This beautifully illustrated book is a great starting point for learning more about hens.' Garden Answers (July 2010) '...a beautiful new book.' Country Smallholding (August 2010) 'The Illustrated Guide to Chickens is an attractive book which (the pun cannot be resisted) to crow about. It is more suitable for reference collections than many other recent poultry books.' Science and Technology Journal (2010)
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 11th June 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 21.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.87
Edition Number: 1