This is a practical guide to raising chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys in your backyard, with over 400 photographs. It is an expert manual on keeping poultry in the garden: rearing, housing, breeding and maintaining health. It includes instructions for making a poultry house from recycled materials, as well as essential information on feeding, hygiene, treating ailments, and good poultry husbandry. It features advice on preparing birds and eggs for competitive exhibition. Poultry keeping has hugely increased in popularity. Whether your interest is in collecting fresh eggs to eat, owning a pet, keeping a pure breed, or achieving some self sufficiency, poultry are the ideal companions. Choosing a breed that is appropriate for the space available, as well as one that is suitable for your requirements is discussed. There is advice on achieving success in breeding with an incubator, selecting a broody hen, rearing chicks by hand and exhibiting poultry. This informative and authoritative guide, written by a leading expert and international poultry judge, provides all you need to know to become a confident poultry keeper.
Fred Hams is a founder member of the Rare Poultry Society. As a conservationist, Fred has helped to save and maintain several endangered breeds. In 1976, Fred qualified as a poultry judge, then climbed up the rankings to become a panel A judge. Since 2004 he has served as a consultant to the best-selling Practical Poultry magazine.