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Poultry for Anyone

Poultry for Anyone

Victoria Roberts describes 44 breeds of chicken, including bantams, giving plumage colours, history, characteristics, special requirements, and utility.

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£19.99

9781873580387


ISBN: 978 1 873580 38 7

Publisher: Whittet Books

Author: Victoria Roberts

Format: 240mm x 165mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 144 pages

Illustrations: Colour photos

Publication: 2006

Victoria Roberts describes 44 breeds of chicken, including bantams, giving plumage colours, history, characteristics, special requirements, and utility. The book also lists egg production and practical uses, gives hints on preparation for showing plus a section on housing and management.

The Victorians were great poultry enthusiasts, and developed or imported many of the more exotic breeds; after them, the art declined until fairly recently, when there has been a great upsurge of interest in the beautiful pure breeds.

Reading of their different personalities and looking at the wonderful photographs makes you want to keep all of them: there’s the incredibly prolific Rhode Island Red, which lays 260 eggs a year, the study and ancient fierce Old English Game, the stately Brahmas, the diminutive ‘chain mail’ Sebright bantams, the storybook farmyard Welsummers with terracotta eggs, the fashionably tousled Frizzles and the Polands with their outrageous millinery. Worldwide characters range from the friendly tea-cosy cute Pekin bantams through the independent ‘tartan’ Scots Greys, the determinedly airborne Appenzellers, the aristocratic and ticklish Indian Game and the ‘virtually unkillable’ Fayoumi.

Victoria Roberts is a qualified veterinary surgeon who began her interest in poultry at the age of four. Following agricultural college, she ran an outdoor pure breed poultry enterprise which bred and conserved all the old poultry breeds. She has served for many years on the Council of the Poultry Club of Great Britain, is a Panel B poultry judge, Secretary of the Dorking Breed club and edited the 1997 and 2008 British Poultry Standards. She has also written Diseases of Free-Range Poultry and Ducks, Geese and Turkeys for Anyone, both published by Whittet Books.

The text is authoritative, brisk and totally lacking in waffle. Its informative style is complemented by 90 specially commissioned colour photographs by Michael Corrigan. Rounding off an excellent package is a thoughtful foreword by the Duchess of Devonshire.’ Cage and Aviary Birds

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