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Reviews of some popular poultry books. Maybe you also have a review you would like to share?

Chicken Manual Book Review

Haynes Chicken Manual Review

The Chicken Manual is written by Laurence Beeken who has an excellent knowledge of keeping poultry. Laurence has kept chickens for over 20 years, both in the back garden and for exhibition showing. He has previously judged at National level and has sat on several international breed club committees as well as contributing to several magazines covering all aspects of poultry keeping.

Domestic Duck Book Review

The Domestic Duck Book Review

I was a little nervous when this book arrived. After all, I have been a big fan of Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks for the last few years. It seemed to cover everything I needed to know about ducks (although it is aimed at the American market) and I didn’t think this book would beat it, but how wrong I was!

Illustrated Guide to Chickens Book Review

The Illustrated Guide to Chickens Book Review

The Illustrated Guide To Chickens is a beautifully presented book that covers 100 of the most familiar breeds of chickens found across Europe and North America. Every breed has been painted by the author and artist Celia Lewis (who has co-written two other books on hen care) and accompanies a comprehensive breed profile, covering the breed history, pertinent breed characteristics and some tips about special breed requirements.

Popular Poultry Breeds Book Review

Popular Poultry Breeds Book Review

Popular Poultry Breeds was written as a companion volume to Rare Poultry breeds by the same author. Forty of the most popular poultry breeds (large fowl and bantam varieties) have been covered in detail as well as their variants and variations in name and breed standards which can sometimes be considerably different from country to country.

Not Just For Christmas Book Review

Not Just For Christmas Book Review

It wasn’t until last year that I picked up the name of Janice Houghton-Wallace (founder of the UK Turkey Club incidentally) whilst reading an article she had written and I wondered whether I should investigate further to see whether she had any books published on keeping Turkeys. Well, I wasn’t disappointed, she had a book called ‘Not Just For Christmas’ which has now been added to my ever-growing collection of poultry books.

Art of the Chicken Coop Book Review

Art of the Chicken Coop Book Review

One of the biggest expenses when you decide to start keeping chickens is that of the housing. Your chickens may be relatively cheap, but if you’re looking to buy a coop you can expect to pay anything from a hundred to several hundred pounds. It can be eye watering, and makes a lie of the ‘cheap supply of eggs’ waffle spouted by enthusiasts like me. So if you’re in any way handy, building your own hen accommodation can be a much more viable alternative. Chris Gleason’s ‘Art Of The Chicken Coop’ attempts to offer some inspiration.

British Waterfowl Association Standards Review

British Waterfowl Standards Book Review

At first I thought there would be little need to describe the content of this book to you as the title is so self-explanatory… but I was wrong and it far outweighed my expectations. The book includes superb colour photographs of nearly all breeds of Waterfowl, (many of which are show winners) and includes the new colours of Call and Runner ducks that are so popular at the moment (there are in fact 27 pages devoted to Indian Runners!).