Books and Siites on Poultry Genetics???????

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Heron's Nest Farm, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. Heron's Nest Farm

    Heron's Nest Farm Songster

    Dec 11, 2011
    I have looked at other threads with folks asking for book recommendations to no avail.

    PLEASE, list the books and sites that you use for understanding poutry breeding and genetics.
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Hi there,
    I'm in the same boat. Looking for something fairly simplistic but covers all the bases. Have you tried ? They have several books on poultry genetics available. There maybe something there for you, good luck!
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    Hi and welcome!
    Here ya go:

    If I could have only 8 books
    in my Library they would be :

    1. Genetics of Chicken Colours-The Basics

    2. Genetics of Chicken Extremities

    3. APA 2010 Standard of Perfection

    4. The Sussex Fowl
    By Sharpe 1920 .
    Sharpe was one of the 3 great secrateries of the Sussex Poultry Club
    in England. The other 2 were Leo Outram and Judge Clem Watson.
    Sharpe was a legendary Sussex breeder and originated the
    Light Sussex. This book is a classic. ( read online free)

    5. 21st Century Poultry Breeding
    by Grant Brereton

    6. Laws governing the breeding of standard fowls. c.1
    by Card, Wetherell Henry. Published 1912
    This is a small 55 page book. A treasure of distilled knowledge.;view=1up;seq=5
    Note these are Laws, not opinions or theories. Judge Card was known
    for his ability to take a complicated genetics topic and make it simple.
    (read online free)

    7. The Light Sussex
    by Broomhead, William White, 1875-
    Published 1921;view=2up;seq=4
    W.W. Broomhead was one of the three Broomhead brothers who were noted poultry men in England. He was a Sussex expert and Judge for the Sussex Poultry Club. He later went on to become President of the Poultry Club of Britain. This little 8 page gem is a classic because of the author's distinguished reputation and his insightful knowledge of the breed. W.W. Broomhead also edited one of the editions of the Poultry Club Standards as well as the Sussex Standard itself.
    It matters not which variety one has, this brochure's study of breed type applies to all. Type is the breed. Blood tells. ( read free online )

    American Poultry Advocate - Volume 26 - Feb. 1918 - Page 202
    The Proper Color of Speckled Sussex
    An article written by Mr. A. J. Falkenstein,
    the leading English breeder of Speckled Sussex,
    A speech given in 1917 ( read free online)
    During this period, many Speckled Sussex had a more ginger colored
    ground color rather than the desired dark color. Mr. Falkenstein
    popularized the darker color and, following his lead, the Sussex fancy
    moved the Speckled Sussex to the lovely mahogany bay ground color
    we see today. You can see the change in the tobacco cards issued:
    1911 :
    1930's :
    One of the interesting parts of this speech are the instructions on
    selecting for proper color while the chick is in chick down.

    And for deeper study

    9. the 3 DVD set
    by Danne Honour
    which includes much rare lit on the "Art of Breeding".

    10. Art and Science in Breeding : Creating Better Chickens
    by Margaret E. Derry.
    A fantastic book on the development of poultry breeding by a
    talented author who writes on the various histories of animal breeding.
    Ms. Derry has a wonderful turn of the pen when writing about
    the history of animal breeding. She has had published a total
    of 6 books. These 3 books are listed in order of year published:

    Bred for Perfection: Shorthorn Cattle, Collies and Arabian Horses since 1800 (2003)
    By Margaret E. Derry

    Art and Science in Breeding: Creating Better Chickens
    By Margaret E. Derry

    and coming in Nov. 2014:
    Masterminding Nature: The Breeding of Animals, 1750-2010
    By Margaret E. Derry

    Bookfinder is a massive mega booksearch database. Been around a long time.
    Some of these books may be available as used editions for a good price. Beware if you find SOP's tho. The APA never relinquished their copyright on the SOP. Some fly-by-night reprinters have taken the old pre-1926 editions and reprinted them illegally. Nabu Press is one of them. Often they are cheap OCR copies with many typos because of the cheap scanning.
    For me, the first 3 books are simply essential.
    Best Success,
    Karen and the Light Sussex
    in western PA, USA
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2014
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  4. Heron's Nest Farm

    Heron's Nest Farm Songster

    Dec 11, 2011
    Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!!!

    This is great information. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to reply to me.
  5. MelissaZeno

    MelissaZeno Chirping

    May 28, 2013
    Thank you for sharing your list!

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