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Raising Poultry (Storey's Guides to Raising)by Leonard S Mercia
Synopses & Reviews
For 17 years readers have turned to Storey Books for advice on raising animals. Our Modern Way series of six books has sold more than 1,000,000 copies. In an effort to provide readers with the best how-to animal books on the market we are completely updating all six Modern Way titles and reintroducing them as part of our Guide to Raising series.
Written by experts, these guides give novice and experienced livestock farmers all they need to know to successfully keep and profit from animals. Each book includes information on selection, housing, space requirements, breeding and birthing techniques, feeding, behavior, and health concerns and remedies for illness. The books also address the business of raising animals — processing meat, milk, eggs, and more. The authors were chosen not only for their expertise but also for their ability to explain the ins and outs of animal husbandry in an inviting and authoritative manner.
Whether readers are ready to start an entire herd or flock or are considering purchasing their first animal, Storey's Guide to Raising series offers vital information; each book is an indispensable reference.
The Best Advice n Raising Chickens, Turkeys, Waterfowl, and Game Birds
Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry is an invaluable resource for everyone who raises poultry. It contains the most comprehensive and current information available on:
- Selecting birds for meat
Housing and equipment
Home processing of eggs and poultry
Brooding and rearing
"Delivers what the title promises. A good value." (Yankee Magazine)
A diverse flock of poultry can provide free-range meat, a rainbow of eggs, and endless entertainment---all delivered from the confines of your backyard or small farm. Glenn Drowns, an expert on rare breeds and varieties of turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, and other birds, delivers everything you need to know to raise healthy, safe poultry.
The revised and updated fourth edition includes:
*Expanded breed coverage, including heritage and rare breeds
*Complete daily care and feeding instructions
*Emphasis on providing birds with room to roam and peck
*Tips on growing your own feed
*Information on less common species---pigeons, doves, emus, ostriches, peafowl, and swans
Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry is the only book you need to naturally and humanely raise a wide range of poultry, from chickens and turkeys to waterfowl and game birds — even uncommon species, such as pigeons, emus, doves, ostriches, peafowl, and swans. Whether you’re running a farm or raising a few birds in the backyard, Glenn Drowns tells you everything you need to know about breed selection, housing, space requirements, behavior, breeding, hatching, feeding, health care, and the business of processing meat and eggs. This revised edition includes new and updated information on health and disease, raising birds on pasture, growing your own feed, housing, breeding, slaughtering, and marketing.
About the Author
During author Leonard S. Mercia's career as University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Poultryman, he wrote many Extension Service publications for small-scale poultry raising. He was professor of animal and dairy science at UVM for about 30 years. Following his retirement, the Vermont native toured Kenya, Uganda, and Honduras as a poultry consultant. He has also assisted adult and youth groups interested in poultry projects. He has written Storey's Raising Poultry the Modern Way, Raising Your Own Turkeys, Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry and Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys and edits The Vermont Poultry Industry Newsletter. Leonard lives in Shelburne, Vermont, with his wife Shirley.
Table of Contents
1 SHOULD I RAISE POULTRY? (1)
2 POULTRY HOUSING AND EQUIPMENT (8)
3 POULTRY BIOLOGY (38)
4 STARTING THE LAYING FLOCK (70)
5 BROODING AND REARING YOUNG STOCK (78)
6 MANAGING THE LAYING FLOCK (97)
7 THE PRODUCTION OF FERTILE EGGS (122)
8 MEAT-BIRD PRODUCTION (144)
9 TURKEY PRODUCTION (159)
10 WATERFOWL PRODUCTION (186)
11 GAME BIRDS AND OTHER POULTRY (214)
12 HOME PROCESSING OF EGGS AND POULTRY (239)
13 FLOCK HEALTH (263)
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