Whilst this isn’t an exhaustive compendium of all the breeds of chicken in the world it’s certainly comprehensive and provides an excellent insight into the diversity of breeds and breed types available to the would-be keeper. The book opens with some basic information on the history of chickens, considerations beforehand and follows this with a simple outline of the basics of poultry keeping. The great thing about this book though is the almost 200 further pages covering large fowl and bantam breeds.
It has a clear layout covering the key aspects of the breeds origins, appearance, colours and plumage patterns, its qualities and any specific particulars such as breed temperament. The language and descriptions are consistent throughout enabling easy comparison between different breeds and it’s littered with clear photographs and illustrations.
It’s a book that can be read cover to cover or dip in and out of as needs be making it an excellent reference point even for the more experienced keeper. With its European roots the book also introduces the reader to a number of breeds rarely seen outside of mainland continent.
Written by Aad Rijs whose experience of poultry covers all aspects from showing, through genetics and into the preservation of heritage breeds, it’s easy to understand why the book is now in its ninth edition and a common occurrence on the poultry book shelves
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Rebo Productions; 4th ed. edition (31 March 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9036615925
- ISBN-13: 978-9036615921
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
- Customer Reviews: 95 customer ratings