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Bantams: by W.F. Entwisle
W.F. Entwisle was the leading pioneer of bantam breeding. The first book on scientific bantam breeding, this work represents his endeavors, and is an important historical record on bantam development.  In this classic reprint he explains how the birds were kept and given the very early standards.
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£25.15
Natural Incubation and Rearing: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
A concise guide to the incubation of eggs—fowl, ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl, and guinea fowl—through natural means.
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£58.49
The Sussex & Dorking Fowls: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
This book traces the history of the breeds, examines the heyday of the Sussex poultry fattening industry which supplied the London markets with chickens that satisfied the most discerning palates, and explains the nature of the breeds and varieties. There are illustrations throughout to show the types of birds that have been winning at shows as well as guidance on the correct colors.
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£23.39
Practical Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
This title covers the commercial aspects of poultry farming, including incubation, rearing, laying, and broilers. Specialist areas such as keeping geese and ducks, quail, guinea fowl, and turkeys are also included.
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£17.54
Poultry of the World: by Loyl Stromberg (Author)
Not just another book about chickens! 400 pages (Gloss Color Paper) of the most interesting facts about chickens and their contribution to our lives. Includes chapters on history of poultry, myths of domestic poultry, egg fact and fantasy, poultry researchers, long-crowing chickens, poultry tips, and poultry by country.
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£58.49
£87.74
Poultry Houses & Appliances A DIY Guide by: Joseph Batty (Author)
This is a practical guide on how the poultry fancier or smallholder can make poultry houses and related requirements at a great saving on ready made sheds, which often have to be adapted.
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£8.77
£14.62
Poultry Characteristics Tails: Signed by Joseph Batty
This book set out to explain the different tails and relate them to the various breeds. any thanks are offered to fanciers who made contributions to the book by sending photographs which have been included in this book.
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£23.39
Pictorial Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Revised)
This books shows step-by-step procedures for managing all types of poultry. A major feature are the photographs, which show the many and varied stages involved in keeping domestic fowl, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, and bantams. The usual problems that arise are illustrated with possible solutions.
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£17.54
Pekin Bantams: by Margaret Gregson (Author)
This book covers all facets of the breed, including selection, breeding, housing, brooding, feeding, and common ailments. Well-illustrated and well written for a wide audience as possible it meets the needs of all who are interested in this diminutive breed of poultry.
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£23.39
£52.64
Bantams and Small Poultry: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
This guide to the Bantams and Small Poultry is written in concise fashion, and each bird is shown , where practicable, in a photograph or drawing. The selected color plates show the beauty an diversity of these fascinating birds. A thoroughly useful guide for anyone interested in collecting, exhibiting or breeding bantams. 
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£17.54
Domesticated Ducks & Geese: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
This is a complete Guide book to the many ducks & geese kept by poultry fanciers, smallholders & farmers. It covers breeds, accommodations, ponds, breeding, showing, ducklings for the table and many more aspects of this special division of poultry-keeping.
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£17.54
£29.24
Breeds of Poultry and Their Characteristics: by Dr. Joseph Batty
Covers all the major breeds (over 70) of poultry in terms of the following: 1) Appearance, 2) Characteristics, 3) Productive Qualities, 4) Utility and Exhibition Faults, and 5) General Remarks. A guide to all who wish to consider which breed to keep and know what to expect in terms of productivity. Illustrations of typical birds also included in both color and B&W.
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£14.62
Keeping Carolina & Mandarin Ducks: by J. Barnes (Author)
A well illustrating book throughout covering most aspects of owning Carolina and Mandarin ducks. From housing, breeding, feeding, ponds, management and more, its covered in this book.
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£17.54
Artificial Incubation and Rearing: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
A companion to Natural Incubation and Rearing, this book deals with the employment of incubators and artificial rearers for all types of poultry and allied birds.
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£58.49
The Rhode Island Red: by Joseph Batty (Author)
This book covers the history and development of the breed of poultry known as the Rhode Island Red. The Rhode Island White is also included.
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£19.30
Understanding Pure Breeds of Poultry: The Ancona Fowl: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
With the growing interest in free-range poultry a trend that is expected to continue, this title covers the Ancona history, Breeding, Exhibition and managing them. Also included are explanations of the standard and photos and other illustrations.
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£14.62
The Silkie Fowl by Dr. Joseph Batty
Photographs, illustrations, and special silhouettes, all show the nature of this interesting breed of poultry, which incidentally is a good layer. This book covers the history, standard requirements, colors available, management and cult of the Silkie.  
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£21.05
Concise Poultry Colour Guide: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
This title covers the evolution and origins of poultry, color patterns, and breeding as well as a dictionary of technical terms. This new fifth edition contains additional b&w illustrations to show the points of a fowl and has a larger number of pages and more information in color.
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£29.24
Poultry Colour Guide: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
This Reference Guide covers all the main colors of poultry, with a brief description and a listing of other possible colors. This new edition includes color plates by the main artist Charles Francis with extra illustrations by other artists.
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£23.39
Practical Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
This is a practical handbook written primarily for poultry farms or smallholders.  It will also be found essential reading for students of poultry farming and those contemplating a career in agriculture where birds are to be involved. A standard on work on poultry-keeping.  It covers many aspects and deals with the main systems of management.  The contents, recently updated include Ostrich farming.
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Bantams: by W.F. Entwisle
Bantams: by W.F. Entwisle (Author) (9781852590956)

This special re-print edition of William Entwisle's book “Bantams” is a complete guide to Bantam chicken breeds. Written in 1895, during the 19th century, Mr. Entwisle was considered ”the leading Bantam breeder in the world” and was responsible for the creation of several Bantam varieties that are still enjoyed by breeders and other Bantam enthusiasts to this day. Included in the text are discussions on Game Bantams, Malay and Aseel Bantams, Cochins, Brahmas, Sultans, Burmese and Silky Bantams, Sebright Bantams, Rosecomb Bantams, Scotch Greys, Nankins, Japanese Bantams, Frizzles, Polish Bantams, Minorcas, Leghorns, Hamburgs and other Bantams. Also included are details on breeding, rearing and exhibiting Bantams, making this one of the best historic texts on Bantams ever written. Lavishly illustrated with historic drawings by the famous artist, judge and writer, J.W. Ludlow. Note: This edition is a perfect facsimile of the original edition and is not set in a modern typeface. As a result, some type characters and images might suffer from slight imperfections or minor shadows in the page background.

This is a book for anyone who is interested in Poultry Keeping as a hobby, especially for the enthusiast who shows.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 116 pages with dust jacket
  • Publisher: Nimrod Press Ltd (1988)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W drawings by Ludlow
  • ISBN-10: 1852590955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852590956
  • Package Dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 600 g

Contents:

1.  House Runs etc.
2.  Food and Water and Feeding etc.
3.  The relative Size and Weight of Bantams; Mating, crossing & Interbreeding
4.  The Varieties of Bantams
5.  Game Bantams
6.  Malay, Indian Game & Aseel Bantams
7.
  Pekin or Cochin, Brahma, Booted, Sultan, Burmese & Silky Bantams

8.  Sebright Bantams
9.  Black & White Rosecomb Bantams
10. Cuckoo or Scotch Grey Bantams
11. Nankin Bantams
12. 
Japanese & Frezzled Bantams
13.
 Polish Bantams
14. Minorca, Andalusian, Leghorn band Hamburgh Bantams

15.  Rumpless Bantams & other Varieties not previously described
16.  Standards for Judging Bantams
17.  Standards for Judging Bantam (continued) &    Technical terms
18.  Preparation of Bantams for Showing
19.  Diseases of Bantams & Treatment when ill
20.  The Bantam Club

W.F. Entwisle was the leading pioneer of bantam breeding. The first book on scientific bantam breeding, this work represents his endeavors, and is an important historical record on bantam development.  In this classic reprint he explains how the birds were kept and given the very early standards.
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Natural Incubation and Rearing: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Natural Incubation and Rearing: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781852591656)

In 111 pages, Dr. Batty a recognized expert, provides clarity and simplicity in his writings covering everything you need to know about natural incubation and rearing.

Despite scientific advances the incubation of eggs by natural means, whether by hen, duck,goose or other female bird, continues to be the most effective interms of the percentage hatched and healthy chicks. 

This book is a concise guide to how chicks may be hatched and reared.  Based on the Author's experiences over many years it shows how the best results may be obtained at economic cost. 

Product Details

  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Nimrod Press Ltd (1990)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W photos and illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 185259165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852591656
  • Product Dimensions:  21.5 x 14.6 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g

Contents:

1.  Natural Incubation
2.  Selecting Broody Hens
3.  The Breeding Pen
4.  Anatomy of the Fowl
5.  The egg
6.  Breeding and Feeding
7.  The Hatching Process
8.  Management of the Broody
9.  Ducks and Geese
10. Turkeys and Peafowl
11.  Brooding and Rearing

A concise guide to the incubation of eggs—fowl, ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl, and guinea fowl—through natural means.
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The Sussex & Dorking Fowls: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
The Sussex & Dorking Fowls: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857361667)

Poultry have been domesticated for thousands of years. In Britain at the time of the Roman occupation, there were three named breeds - Dorking, Old English Game and possibly the Scots Dumpies. In addition, related to the Dorking were the Old Kent Fowl and the Surrey Fowl which later together became the Sussex Fowl. Although the latter in one form or other existed for many years, it was not until the early part of the 20th century that it became standardized. This came about because Sir Edward Brown at a lecture pointed out to the Sussex farmers that there was no standard breed recognized by the Poultry Club.

Despite the late start, the Sussex went on to become regards as the most useful of poultry and grew in large numbers possibly excelling all other breeds. The Dorking, regarded at one time as the best table fowl in the land sadly has declined in numbers and in usefulness, although still has a active breed club.

This book traces the history of the breeds, examines the heyday of the Sussex poultry fattening industry which supplied the London markets with chickens that satisfied the most discerning palates, and explains the nature of the breeds and varieties. There are illustrations throughout to show the types of birds that have been winning at shows as well as guidance on the correct colors. Includes index and a listing of Sussex and Dorking fowl breeding clubs in Great Britain.

With the swing back of free range, the possibility of utilizing the breeds on a commercial basis is also examined. However due emphasis is given to those who wish to keep these fascinating breeds on a small scale and for showing with bantams or large fowl.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 96 pages with Dust Jacket
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Color & B&W illustrations   
  • ISBN-10: 1857361660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857361667
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 21.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 792 g

Contents:

1.  The Background & Findings
2.  Background:  The Sussex as a Type of Table Fowl
3.  Origin of the Sussex & Links with the Dorking
4.  Physical Characteristics
5.  
The Standard Colours
6.  
The Evolution of the Breeds, with Notes on Management

This book traces the history of the breeds, examines the heyday of the Sussex poultry fattening industry which supplied the London markets with chickens that satisfied the most discerning palates, and explains the nature of the breeds and varieties. There are illustrations throughout to show the types of birds that have been winning at shows as well as guidance on the correct colors.
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Practical Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Practical Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781852590710)

Poultry Keeping has developed tremendously over the last 50 years or more only to find that the advanced methods being used were reaching the point where the health of the birds was deteriorating and their produce was suspect; salmonella and other dangers became apparent.  There has now been an examination of methods used and the philosophy behind them.  As a result alternative systems have been developed and more rational approaches are now possible. 

This is a practical book which should appeal to agricultural students, poultry farms and others who are concerned with efficiency; but, who also wish to have an appreciation of the welfare aspects related to this important industry

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  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Nimrod Press Ltd (April 1, 1991) 
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W photos & illustrations     
  • ISBN-10: 1852590718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852590710
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 1 cm  
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g

Contents:

1.  Introduction
2.  Breeding
3.  Natural and Artificial Incubation
4.  Chick Rearing
5.  Foods and Feeding
6.  Planning Balanced Rations
7.   Management of Layers
8.
   Free Grange Systems

9.   Broiler (Table Poultry) Production
10. Processing and Marketing
11. Hygiene & Sanitation
12. Diseases & Parasites

13. Ducks
14. Turkeys

15.  Geese
16.  The Niche Market (Guinea fowl, quail, Game birds and Show Birds
Glossary
Index

This title covers the commercial aspects of poultry farming, including incubation, rearing, laying, and broilers. Specialist areas such as keeping geese and ducks, quail, guinea fowl, and turkeys are also included.
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£17.54
Poultry of the World: by Loyl Stromberg (Author)
Poultry of the World: by Loyl Stromberg (Author) (9781895270167)

This beautifully produced, full-color book offers the reader historical facts and ancient images as well as many anecdotal stories about chickens. The book also details the development of the hybrid poultry industry in the United States and worldwide. It contains beautiful photographs of birds and their owners from all over the world. A must for any novice, fancier, breeder, or poultry enthusiast.

To view a detailed Table of Contents please see the images provided.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher:  Silvio Mattacchione & Co (1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Color photos  
  • ISBN-10: 1895270162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895270167
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g

Not just another book about chickens! 400 pages (Gloss Color Paper) of the most interesting facts about chickens and their contribution to our lives. Includes chapters on history of poultry, myths of domestic poultry, egg fact and fantasy, poultry researchers, long-crowing chickens, poultry tips, and poultry by country.
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£58.49
£87.74
Poultry Houses & Appliances A DIY Guide by: Joseph Batty (Author)
Poultry Houses & Appliances A DIY Guide:by Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857361315)

This D.I.Y. Guide shows the domestic poultry keeper or small holder how he/she can produce suitable sheds, runs, and appliances at a reasonable cost. All the requirements are explained, and drawings are given to enable the reader to see what he/she can achieve by following the instructions. Save money making your own sheds, etc. This text presents detailed coverage of many types of sheds and appliances with plans. It also explains how biosecurity can be implemented as required by the government.

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  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (2000) 
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W drawings   
  • ISBN-10: 1857361318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857361315
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.5 x 1.0 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 333 g

Contents:

1.  The Building of Poultry Houses
2.  Troughs and Fountains
3.  Inside Nesting-boxes and Trap-nests
4.  Coops
5.  Some Special Pens, Scratching sheds, Etc.
6.  Hurdles, Fences Etc.
7.  Various Poultry Houses Described in Detail
8.  Intensive-system Poultry Houses Described in Detail
9.  Principles in Poultry House Construction
10. Heated Outdoor Brooders or Chick Rears

11. Follow-on Outdoor Chick-Rearers
12. Grain Distributor for Poultry
Index


This is a practical guide on how the poultry fancier or smallholder can make poultry houses and related requirements at a great saving on ready made sheds, which often have to be adapted.
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£14.62
Poultry Characteristics Tails: Signed by Joseph Batty
Poultry Characteristics Tails: by Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857361773)

The domesticated fowl has developed from the Jungle Fowl and has gradually evolved over many generations. the most significant changes tool place after 1850 , due primarily to the discovery of a number of new breeds, notably the Brahmas, Cochin and Langshans, and secondly, to the so-called "Hen Fever" that started around that time. This was the heyday of the poultry shows when all levels of society were stimulated to take part in producing standard breeds of fowl for the many shows that were organized.

The earlier birds had the conventional Jungle Fowl tail or the whip tail of the Malays and similar Asian fowl. With the introduction of the new breeds, brought about by crossing with the three breeds mentioned, a multitude of newly formed characteristics emerged. The Brahmas and Cochins introduced a larger size and heavily feathered birds. On the tail there were introduced the "cushion" and the soft, mounded collection of feathers; the tall, hard sickle feathers were no longer apparent. This applied to Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Jersey Giants and many others. the diversity was enormous and all had to be set down in the standard descriptions.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W photos & illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 1857361776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857361773
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x  .9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 331 g

Contents:

1.  Background
2.  Body of the Fowl
3.  Classification of Tails
4.  What to Avoid
5.  Some Odds & Ends
Index

This book set out to explain the different tails and relate them to the various breeds. any thanks are offered to fanciers who made contributions to the book by sending photographs which have been included in this book.
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Pictorial Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Revised)
Pictorial Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Revised) (9780969264002)

Covered in the chapters listed below are such topics as; Systems of Poultry Keeping, Houses and Appliances, Breeding, Cross Mating, Sex Linkage, Hybrids, Incubation (Natural and Artificial), Egg Production, The Moult, Ailments and Diseases, Parasites which lower Vitality, Housing and Management, Feeding, Rearing, and the list goes on.

Dr. J. Batty
Though most people start keeping poultry for the sake of having fresh eggs, a great many find that their stock provides much interest that their garden would seem incomplete without them. There is something to be proud of in a pen of vigorous pullets which, thanks to your good feeding and management are laying that little bit better than your next door neighbor's. And then there's the excitement of finding the first egg of the season and watching the daily score rise, till peak production is reached. Well-managed birds will give up to 200 eggs or more each year.

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  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Nimrod Press Ltd; Fourth Edition (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Photos
  • ISBN-10: 1852590726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852590727
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g

Contents:

1.  Poultry
2.  Ducks
3.  Geese
4.  Turkeys
5.  Guinea Fowl and Bantams
Appendix
Index

This books shows step-by-step procedures for managing all types of poultry. A major feature are the photographs, which show the many and varied stages involved in keeping domestic fowl, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, and bantams. The usual problems that arise are illustrated with possible solutions.
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Pekin Bantams: by Margaret Gregson (Author)
Pekin Bantams: by Margaret Gregson (Author) (9781857361087)

Pekin Bantams are small bantams with feathered legs, profuse plumage, and a friendly nature that makes them easy to keep and breed. Because of their excellent temperament, the breed is manageable for children (properly supervised), the elderly and disabled. This book sets out to explain their early history and discusses many of the personalities involved, past and present.

All facets of the breed are covered including selection, housing, breeding, brooding, feeding, common ailments, though stressing that the birds are hardy, and their management generally. The author specialized in the Lavender variety, but keeps other colors and she has also drawn on the wide experiences of others who have been in the Fancy for very many years. On the show scene she has been awarded many prizes, including the best in a color (Lavender) at the national shows.

The book is well illustrated with photographs of prize winning birds and essential equipment for keeping the birds. There is also a color section showing the principal colors available. Written for a wide audience as possible it should meet the needs of all who are interested in this diminutive breed of poultry.

Written for as wide an audience

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W Photos
  • ISBN-10: 1857361083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857361087
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 420 g

Contents:

1.  Early Days
2.  Who Keeps Pekins? ; Faces - Past and Present
3.  The "Type"
4.  So, Pekins Are For You
5.  The Colours
6.  General Management of Pekins
7. Pekin Characteristics and Stories
Index

This book covers all facets of the breed, including selection, breeding, housing, brooding, feeding, and common ailments. Well-illustrated and well written for a wide audience as possible it meets the needs of all who are interested in this diminutive breed of poultry.
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£52.64
Bantams and Small Poultry: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Bantams and Small Poultry: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857361742)

Bantams have been known for hundreds of years, but, have lived in the shadow of large poultry.  Gradually, though, they have grown in numbers had have now a larger following then their larger brothers and sisters.  the reasons are not difficult to understand; being smaller, they eat less food, are easier to transport to shows, make ideal pets for children and can become quite tame.

This modern book presents popular breeds, rare breeds, some that are extinct, and some that are in some countries, but not in the UK. The breeds are arranged in alphabetical order, are described, and are illustrated, in black and white and in color. 

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W and Color
  • ISBN-10: 857361741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857361742
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 550 g

Contents:

1.  Defining Bantams
2.  Classification
3.  The Breeds
4.  The Breeds II
Appendix
Index

This guide to the Bantams and Small Poultry is written in concise fashion, and each bird is shown , where practicable, in a photograph or drawing. The selected color plates show the beauty an diversity of these fascinating birds. A thoroughly useful guide for anyone interested in collecting, exhibiting or breeding bantams. 
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Domesticated Ducks & Geese: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Domesticated Ducks & Geese: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857360912)

Ducks and geese hold a special place in the world of poultry keeping. This book covers all aspects of the keeping of these fascinating and beautiful birds. Breeding, accommodation, management, showing, and ailments are all included along with a separate chapter for each major breed of duck. The whole is competed with over 100 b&w photographs and drawings together with plates in full color.  There is a section on the fables associated with geese, and illustrations of the breeds of ducks and geese in black and white to demonstrate show requirements, as well as color.

The usefulness of the various breeds is also covered. Many people simply do not appreciate that many ducks are the best layers in all types of poultry, and geese, which graze on grass for food, make excellent table birds with a splendid, gourmet flavor.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher:  Beech Press Ltd.(1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations:  Color plates, B&W photos and drawings
  • ISBN-10: 1857360915 
  • ISBN-13: 9781857360912
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 2.4 cm   
  • Shipping Weight: 645 g
Breeds Included are:

Ducks: Abacot Ranger, Aylesbury, Black East Indian, Call, Campbell, Cayuga, Crested, Indian Runner, Magpie, Muscovy, Opington, Pekin and Rouen


Geees: Brecon Buff, Chinese, Embeden, Roman , Sebastopol, and Toulouse

This is a complete Guide book to the many ducks & geese kept by poultry fanciers, smallholders & farmers. It covers breeds, accommodations, ponds, breeding, showing, ducklings for the table and many more aspects of this special division of poultry-keeping.
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Breeds of Poultry and Their Characteristics: by Dr. Joseph Batty
Breeds of Poultry and Their Characteristics: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857363470)

This concise book lists all the main breeds (over 70) of poultry and explains their attributes, whether as layers, table birds or other features. these is also a listing of the likely faults so that those who wish to show can have an idea of what to aim for.

The birds are portrayed in monochrome and there are also some color illustrations of the standard breeds. These may be kept on free range or semi-intensively. The book therefore serves as an excellent introduction, not only to the popular breed, but also to old and rare breeds, many of which are being redeveloped and brought back. 

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 79 pages    
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (1997)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Color & B&W photos and illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 1857363477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857363470
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 14.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 175 g  

Covers all the major breeds (over 70) of poultry in terms of the following: 1) Appearance, 2) Characteristics, 3) Productive Qualities, 4) Utility and Exhibition Faults, and 5) General Remarks. A guide to all who wish to consider which breed to keep and know what to expect in terms of productivity. Illustrations of typical birds also included in both color and B&W.
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£14.62
Keeping Carolina & Mandarin Ducks: by J. Barnes (Author)
Keeping Carolina & Mandarin Ducks: by J. Barnes (Author) (9781857363142)

These exotic ducks are probably the most beautiful of all species.  This book covers their natural history and explains how they are kept and managed in domesticated surroundings.  

Covers housing, breeding, feeding, management, and pinioning of Carolina and Mandarin ducks.

It is well illustrated throughout with ducks, ponds, houses and essential equipment.

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  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (1997)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Color & B&W photos; hand illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 1857363140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857363142
  • Product Dimensions:  29.6 x 21.6 x .6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 260 g


Contents:

1.  The Most Beautiful ducks
2.  Management
3.  Feeding
4.  Breeding
5.  Pinioningg
6.  Definitions
7.  Practical Thoughts

A well illustrating book throughout covering most aspects of owning Carolina and Mandarin ducks. From housing, breeding, feeding, ponds, management and more, its covered in this book.
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Artificial Incubation and Rearing: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Artificial Incubation and Rearing: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857363265)

This book traces the development of incubation methods; it also explains the necessary requirements for achieving maximum results. Combination the essential factors can be done only with an understanding on how an embryo develops and grow and this is all explained in concise and simple terms. No previous knowledge is assumed, but the full range of possible scales is covered for the fancier who wishes to hatch, say, 50 eggs to the poultry farmer who wishes to hatch thousands.  Where large incubators are to be obtained there is a guidance given on capital expenditure decisions and the procedures followed.  Also eggs from a wide range of birds are featured from bantams to ostriches.  Points of difficulty are examined in relation to particular eggs.  

The methods used for successful rearing are explained and there are many illustrations of equipment which may be used.  There are 16 plates in full color showing the stages of development and some of the species/breeds which may be hatched.  It can be recommenced to poultry fanciers or to students who must have a grounding in the practical applications of incubation methods and embryology.

In this edition a special color plate section has been specially prepared form photographs by different people. Where still in copyright acknowledgement has been given.

Product Details

  • Condition:  New
  • Hardcover:  160 pages     
  • Publisher:   Beech Publishing House (1997)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations:   Color Plates
  • ISBN-10: 1857363264
  • ISBN-13:  9781857363265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.1  x 1.9  cm
  • Shipping Weight: 526 g

Contents:

1.  Introduction: Meaning of Incubation
2.  The Eggs & Incubation
3.  Formation of the Egg
4.  The Reproduction Process
5.  History of Incubators
6.  Justifying the Expenditure
7.  The Incubator Room/Building
8.  Small Scale Incubation
9.  Large Scale Incubation
10. Incubator Problems
11. Final Developments & Hatching
12. Rearing

Index

A companion to Natural Incubation and Rearing, this book deals with the employment of incubators and artificial rearers for all types of poultry and allied birds.
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The Rhode Island Red: by Joseph Batty (Author)
The Rhode Island Red: by Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857363548)

All aspects of this breed are touched upon showing as well as keeping for a hobby are featured. The breed was one of the finest layers every developed so its potential for free range is tremendous. The Secretary of the Breed Club has also written a Foreword. 

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Condition: New
Paperback: 103 pages
Publisher: Beech Publishing House (1999)
Language: English
Illustrations:  Color and B&W photos
ISBN-10: 185736354X
ISBN-13: 9781857363548
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.6 x 1 cm
Shipping Weight:  225 g

Chapters:

1. General Overview
2. Evolution
3. Standards I
4. Standards II
5. RIR Bantams
6. RIR Management
7. Notes on Management
Index

This book covers the history and development of the breed of poultry known as the Rhode Island Red. The Rhode Island White is also included.
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£19.30
Understanding Pure Breeds of Poultry: The Ancona Fowl: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Understanding Pure Breeds of Poultry: The Ancona Fowl: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781852591205)

Since the first poultry shows started in Victorian times there has been considerable interest in breeding and exhibiting the pure breeds of poultry. Moreover, the hobby has continued unabated and now there are some poultry farmers who keep standard breeds. With the growing interest in free range poultry this trend is expected to continue.

Each monograph gives the history of the breed, an explanation of the standard and photographs and other illustrations. As far as possible the British and American type birds are covered. Both bantams and large fowl are covered.  

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  • Condition:  New
  • Paperback: 259 pages   
  • Publisher: Nimrod Press Ltd. (1988)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W photos, hand illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 185259120X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852591205
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.5  x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 130 g

Contents:

 1.  Introducing the Leghorn
 2.  Anconas As Layers
 3.  History of the Ancona
 4.  The Exhibition Side
 5.  Breeding Anconas
 6.  Managing Anconas

With the growing interest in free-range poultry a trend that is expected to continue, this title covers the Ancona history, Breeding, Exhibition and managing them. Also included are explanations of the standard and photos and other illustrations.
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The Silkie Fowl by Dr. Joseph Batty
The Silkie Fowl: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857361940)

The Silkie fowl is one of the marvels of the Poultry world. Instead of having feathers it is covered in a woolly or silky type of feather; moreover, its legs have feathers down one side, the face is mulberry color, and to top if all off, it possesses a crest and in some cases a beard.  This book traces the history of the breed, which is very ancient, and shows how it has changed over the last 100 years. It also covers the management of the breed and shows how it can be utilized as a broody hen for which it is famed.

Photographs, illustrations, and special silhouettes, all show the nature of this interesting breed of poultry, which incidentally is a good layer. This book covers the history, standard requirements, colors available, management and cult of the Silkie.  

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 120 pages   
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Color & B&W photos
  • ISBN-10: 1857361946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857361940
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.5  x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 230 g

Contents:

1.  Background
2.  History of Silkies
3.  The Standard Requirements
4.  Management
5.  Further Management
6.  Cult of the Silkie

Photographs, illustrations, and special silhouettes, all show the nature of this interesting breed of poultry, which incidentally is a good layer. This book covers the history, standard requirements, colors available, management and cult of the Silkie.  
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£21.05
Concise Poultry Colour Guide: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Concise Poultry Colour Guide: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857362107)

Originally published as a picture guide to the various breeds of poultry and their colors it was first produced for the Centenary of the Poultry Club in 1977. At the time it was stated by a number of writers that this was the first exhaustive treatise on color to appear since Victorian times.  This new, revised edition although of a smaller format, has a much larger number of pages and contains much more information on color. With more knowledge on genetics the inheritance of color is better understood, but still the experienced fancier is the one who is able to produce and improve the complex and varied patterns found in many breeds.

Color Illustrations are provided for the standard breeds of poultry, including large fowl, bantams, domesticated ducks, geese, and turkeys, which are based on paintings by the Hampshire artist, Charles Francis. Each breed is described in brief terms. Information is also included concerning the evolution and origins of poultry, color patterns, and breeding as well as a glossary of terms. This new fifth edition contains additional b&w illustrations to show the points of a fowl.

Besides the colored plates which cover 48 pairs of birds of different varieties, there are monochrome illustrations which show the shape and type of the different breeds. The Book also provides information on a great many aspects of color and should be invaluable to all who wish to understand the  many breeds now in existence, both large fowl and bantams.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 160 pages   
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House  (1996)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations:  Color & B&W illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 1857362101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857362107
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.6  x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 400 g

Contents:

1.  Poultry Evolution
2.  Colour Creations
3.  Colour Patterns
4.  Dictionary of Technical Terms
Index

This title covers the evolution and origins of poultry, color patterns, and breeding as well as a dictionary of technical terms. This new fifth edition contains additional b&w illustrations to show the points of a fowl and has a larger number of pages and more information in color.
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£29.24
Poultry Colour Guide: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Poultry Colour Guide: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857362541)

First published in 1977 to mark the Centenary of the Poultry Club it has gone on being read for almost a quarter of a century . It has also been published in an A5 version, covering large and bantams, but not ducks , geese , turkeys and guinea fowl. This was to give more information on the development of colors of different breeds.

Following many requests for the return of the large format which covers large  fowl, bantams, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowl, the publishers have decided to reissue it, with a few modifications. Most of the breeds still exist in their form as a the first edition, so not a log change was needed however there is a now generation of poultry keepers and it is to them that the book should appeal.  We were fortunate in being able to co-operate with Charles Francis in placing on record the breeds and varieties of poultry , large fowl, bantams,ducks, geese and guinea fowl. His task required skill and patience in painting the birds under our guidance.  We believe this is the first attempt to illustrate the full range of domesticated poultry in their full beauty.

Poultry-keeping is a fascinating hobby. Yet many people are not even aware of its possibilities. Fewer still even appreciate the multitude of colors which are available. This book is intended for those who wish to know more of these practical , beautiful birds. It is a guide for the poultry fancier who has for as long required a work of reference.

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  • Condition: New
  • Paperback: 80 pages   
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (2001)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Color photos
  • ISBN-10: 1857362543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857362541
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 21  x 1.1  cm
  • Shipping Weight: 420 g

This Reference Guide covers all the main colors of poultry, with a brief description and a listing of other possible colors. This new edition includes color plates by the main artist Charles Francis with extra illustrations by other artists.
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Practical Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author)
Practical Poultry Keeping: by Dr. Joseph Batty (Author) (9781857360202)

This updated version of the book now includes a section on Ostrich Farming a subject which is now receiving attention in a number of countries.  There is also greater attention being given to the preferred systems being used in place of battery cages, free range, aviaries and other possibilities are examined.  The work is well illustrated throughout, thus adding to its value for those who wish to see photographs of actual equipment or breeds, etc.

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 231 pages with Dust Jacket
  • Publisher: Beech Publishing House (1992)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W photos and illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 1857360206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857360202
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 595 g

Contents:

1.  Introduction
2.  Breeding
3.  Natural and Artificial Incubation
4.  Chick Rearing
5.  Foods and Feeding
6.  Planning Balanced Rations
7.  Management of Layers
8.   Free Grange Systems
9.   Broiler (Table Poultry) Production
10. Processing and Marketing
11. Hygiene & Sanitation
12. Diseases & Parasites
13. Ducks
14. Turkeys

15.  Geese
16.  The Niche Market (Guinea fowl, quail, Game birds and Show Birds
17.  Ostrich Farming
Glossary
Index

This is a practical handbook written primarily for poultry farms or smallholders.  It will also be found essential reading for students of poultry farming and those contemplating a career in agriculture where birds are to be involved. A standard on work on poultry-keeping.  It covers many aspects and deals with the main systems of management.  The contents, recently updated include Ostrich farming.
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