Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds

Farmers and fanciers keep an astonishing variety of poultry breeds in North America. These birds...

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Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds
Carol Ekarius
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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.
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I love this book!!!!
Pros: Pictures are great quality, very informative, overall WONDERFUL book!
Cons: Only cons is that it barely has any info on Peafowl and her pictures of the ducks are incorrect looking.
I got this book for my birthday and I love it! This book is great! I would recommend it to any poultry lovers! Great format, info and pic quality.
Pros: Has amazing pictures
Cons: none
i bought this book almost a year ago and its the best book i have. it has amazing pictures alot of poultry breeds, i suggest this book for any one who owns poultry.

its a very great price for what what it is.
Pros: A little info on allot of breeds
Cons: Not the best specimens where used for pictures
This would make a decent starter book for someone wanting to get a basic overview on lots of different birds.


I don't like this book. I found more than one breed's description to be inaccurate and misleading to the breed as a whole. It would be last on my list for a chicken encyclopedia . In fact, it wouldn't even be on my list.
I picked up a copy of this today and am liking it! Good overview of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, emus, guineas, etc. I'm going to keep it by my computer to use as a quick reference guide to look up bird breeds I'm not familiar with.

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