What do you all think of this book??? An Introduction to Color Forms

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FrenchToast, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

    Jan 10, 2010
    UP North WI
    Any opinions on this book???

    An Introduction to Color Forms of the Domestic Fowl: A Look at Color Varieties and How They Are Made (Paperback)
    by Brian Reeder (Author)

    Plus if you have it what did you pay for it. It is on Amazon right now for $26.19 and up for New. I swear last week it was only $16.00.

    I want to get it for myself for Christmas but only if it is worth it. Maybe if I wait for after the holidays the price will come down.

  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Great book! I have a copy. Got it at the lower price, then noticed the upward spiral also. No pics but doesn't matter. Lucid, explanations. Plain sense. easy to understand, yet comprehensive. I would pay 27.00 for it. But check ebay first. Also ebay UK. And the booksearch engine http://www.addall.com
    Karen Tewart
    Waterford French Marans
  3. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    The problem's I have with the book are that

    1) Reeder does not reference the information in his booklet. It is important to reference information. This does not mean that the referenced information is a fact- but does give one assurance that the information is backed by published and peer reviewed research and that the author or authors have the data to support their position.

    And 2) he also incorrectly refers to a gene called the Ap or autosomal pheomelanin gene. This is a gene he hypothesized; his hypothesis has not been peer reviewed nor does he present data to support his hypothesis. Another problem is that the ap symbol has been published and represents apterylosis- an autosomal recessive featherless (nakedness) condition found in chickens. Sturke researched the condition and Hutt assigned the ap symbol to represent the allele.

    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010

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