The Illustrated Guide to Chickens : How to Choose Them - How to Keep Them

Author(s): Celia Lewis


The Illustrated Guide to Chickens covers the 100 most familiar breeds of chickens in Europe and North America. The breed profiles are written in engaging text that covers the history of each breed, its main characteristics, and information about looking after them. Each breed has been illustrated with delightful paintings by the author. Introductory sections contain practical advice about poultry-rearing and husbandry, and outline the differences between breeds, including the pros and cons between pure breeds, hybrids, bantams, game fowl, etc., and layers or table. The foreword has been written by HRH the Prince of Wales.


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Foreword by HRH Prince Charles Chickens are popular to keep, and becoming more so. This book is ideal for anyone who would like to keep and breed chickens at home and doesn't know how to choose the right breed for them. There are few books detailing and illustrating the many different breeds of chickens, or explaining the differences between them. Includes practical sections on buying hens, the equipment needed to keep and breed chickens, basic care (including feeding and hygiene), common ailments/troubleshooting, care of chicks, and more. Beautiful paintings of each breed, plus detailed descriptions and illustrations of comb types, dubbing, cockfighting, feather markings, wing diagrams and description of colours.

'Great to look at, fascinating to read, even if you're not fowl-minded' Saga Magazine (April 2010) 'A sumptuously illustrated guide to our feathered friends, which is a round-up of all the different species, complete with their individual histories and peppered with practical advice on how to look after them...Mouthwatering.' The Express 'The whole book is peppered with some of the best contemporary illustrations of popular breeds that we've ever seen...but this certainly isn't just a picture book...There's plenty of useful text included too, covering breed introductions, buying advice, housing. common ailments, feeding etc.' Practical Poultry (June 2010) 'This beautifully illustrated book is a great starting point for learning more about hens.' Garden Answers (July 2010) '...a beautiful new book.' Country Smallholding (August 2010) 'The Illustrated Guide to Chickens is an attractive book which (the pun cannot be resisted) to crow about. It is more suitable for reference collections than many other recent poultry books.' Science and Technology Journal (2010)

Celia Lewis is an accomplished artist and is passionate about chickens. She is the co-author of a bestselling book on rearing chickens.

1 Introduction: bantam, hybrid, pure breed, etc 2 Key 3 Cocks 4 Combs, feathers, feather diagram, wing diagram 5 Housing and fencing 6 Buying hens or eggs 7 Feeding 8 Broodiness and incubating 9 100 breed profiles 10 Common ailments 11 Culling 12 Breed type list 13 Quick Reference Guide 14 Useful websites 15 Acknowledgements 16 Glossary 17 Index

General Fields

  • : 9781408122297
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : February 2010
  • : 254mm X 210mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 200+ full colour artworks
  • : 192
  • : 636.5
  • : en
  • : Celia Lewis
  • : 1
  • : Hardback
  • : Celia Lewis