Author: Christine Heinrichs
How to Raise Poultry grew out of my involvement with the Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities. My first book, How to Raise Chickens, focused entirely on the most common domestic fowl. SPPA does not limit its dedication to chickens, however. Waterfowl, including ducks, geese and swans, turkeys and guineafowl are specifically included. Many members also keep pigeons and other game birds, such as quail, peacocks and partridges.
So it was a continuation of my work to write a book that includes all those breeds. Along the way, ratites – ostriches, emus and rheas – naturally came along.
Writing the book gave me a wonderful opportunity to focus on these birds, one at a time. Being immersed in ducks, then geese, then turkeys and the rest was a pleasure. The book includes photos of many historic poultry breeds, from actual Red Junglefowl in the wild to fighting Blue Steinbacher geese, Blue Slate turkeys and Lavender Guineafowl. The ostriches, emus and rheas were new to me. I learned so much from so many wonderful people who helped me! Male rheas incubate their yellow eggs.
In addition to specific details about the history, description, husbandry and marketable products for each species, How to Raise Poultry includes an Overview of modern small flock poultry raising, extensive information on poultry management and a conclusion comprising agricultural tourism, poultry in art and community life and a look forward into the future.
Voyageur Press has done a beautiful job creating this book. I’m grateful to my editor, Danielle Ibister, and the wonderful staff who made it possible.
Publication Date: April 15, 2009
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Size: 8.3w x 10.6h