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Prized for their feathers or eggs, raised for their meat or their beauty or simply for fun, poultry of a dazzling array of sorts and sizes have a place in the heart of farmers, ranchers, and bird fanciers alike. If you want to raise fowl—of whatever kind and for whatever reason—this book is the perfect place to begin. Poultry expert Christine Heinrichs lays out the distinctions between waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans), turkeys, gamebirds (peafowl, pheasants, quail, and others), ratites (ostriches, emus, and rheas), and pigeons. She then clearly details the very different requirements for raising each species, from feeding and housing to husbandry and health, to showing and marketing and legal concerns. Whether you’re thinking of starting a flock or acquiring a few feathered friends, this handy guide tells you everything you need to know to raise healthy poultry for pleasure or profit—or both.
- Breed Guide and Selection
- Proper Care and Healthy Feeding
- Building Facilities and Fencing
Everything you need to know about raising poultry—waterfowl, game birds, turkeys, pigeons, or ratites (ostriches, emus, and rheas)—with instructions for feeding, housing, caring for, showing, and marketing each species.
Whether you raise your flock for pleasure, profit, or both, the freshly updated second edition of Christine Heinrichs’ How to Raise Poultry will quickly equip you to successfully manage any of 14 different fowl species.
Christine Heinrichs, author of the critically acclaimed How to Raise Chickens, teaches you how to care for every type of feathered friend. Backed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of How to Raise guides has helped countless first-time animal owners across the United States confidently care for their new companions. In this freshly updated second edition of How to Raise Poultry, fowl expert Christine Heinrichs offers her seasoned advice in raising 14 different poultry species: chickens, ducks, emus, geese, swans, turkeys, guinea fowl, peacocks, pheasants, quail, partridge, pigeons, ostriches, and rheas. From feeding and housing to husbandry and health, from showing and marketing to legal concerns, Heinrichs clearly details the differing requirements of each kind of poultry. With her comprehensive approach, fully illustrated with instructional photography, you’ll be well-equipped to select breeds, keep your birds healthy, harvest and sell products, and hatch new generations—whether you want eggs, meat, feathers, hides, or simple companionship. As you successfully raise your new flock for pleasure, profit, or both, you’ll quickly understand why Backyard Poultry magazine called the original edition of How to Raise Poultry “a book any bird lover could spend many delightful hours with.”
The wondrous world of poultry encompasses chickens, ducks, geese, swans, turkeys, guinea fowl, peacocks, pheasants, quail, partridge, pigeons, ostriches, emus, and rheas. Whichever breed you choose, this book is for you. How to Raise Poultry
clearly explains what you need to know to raise a healthy flock and how to go about getting what you want from your birds, be it eggs, meat, feathers, or simply beauty. Illustrated with more than 200 color photographs, How to Raise Poultry
guides you through the many steps and stages of poultry ownership. With this indispensable guide you’ll be able to:*Select breeds*Feed and house your flock*Keep your birds healthy*Breed poultry*Hatch eggs and raise young*Harvest and sell products Since 1928, the National FFA Organization—formerly known as Future Farmers of America—has been dedicated to agricultural education. Today, there are more than 550,000 members in 7,498 chapters in 50 states, as well as 5 million alumni. Author Christine Heinrichs has won many awards over the course of her 30-year career as a writer. She is a member of the American Poultry Association, where she serves on the Heritage Breeds Committee; the American Bantam Association; and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. She lives with her husband, chickens, and cat in Cambria, California. Find her books at www.qbookshop.com.
About the Author
Christine Heinrichs is the author of How to Raise Chickens and has been a writer for more than 30 years. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She participated in the National Tropical Botanical Garden's Environmental Journalism Fellowship on Kauai in 2007. Heinrichs lives with her husband in Cambria, California. http://poultrybookstore.com/