Poultry Contents

Introduction 634

Chickens 634

Getting Started:

Information and Supplies 634

Poultry Periodicals • Poultry Clubs, Museums, and Tours • Poultry Books

Chicken Breeds 636

Good Egg Layers • Egg Color • Size • Breeds for Ranging • Setters and Non-Setters • Breeds for Fly-Tying and Feather-Jewelry • Rare Breeds

Starting by Buying Adult Birds 639

Health • Bringing New Birds Home • Introducing Newcomers to an Established Flock • Taming Birds

Starting by Buying Chicks 640

Mail-Order Chicks • How Many? • Chicks for Laying Hens • Chicks for Meat • Hatchery Sexing • Of Debeaking and Dubbing • Arrival and Inspection

Places to Buy or Order Poultry 641

Feed-Store Chicks • Mail-Order Sources, Midwest • Mail-Order Sources, North Central • Mail-Order Sources, Northeast • Mail-Order Sources, South • Mail-Order Sources, West • Mail-Order Sources, Canada

Brooding Chicks 642

Introduction to Brooder Structures • Temperature Control • Chicks and Light • Of Flooring, Chick Litter, and Spraddle Legs • Sick and Dead Baby Chicks • Housing for the Older Chick • Chick Age and Appearance

Chick Water 646

Waterer Types • Teach Them How to Drink • Keep Their Water Clean • Water Supplements • Chick Water Don'ts

Chick Food 646

Diet Options • Chick Health Problems

Hatching Eggs in an Incubator 648

Of Eggs and Heredity • Getting Hatchable Eggs • Incubator Types • Humidity • Incubator Temperature • Adjusting Temperature Setting • Turning the Egg • Ventilation • Candling the Eggs • The Pipping • The Hatching • Sexing Day-Old Chicks Chickens That Hatch

Their Own Eggs 652

The Brooding • The Mothering • Housing for a Hen and Chicks • A Second Family

Chicken Housing 655

Batteries • How Much Housing Space Per Bird? • Using an Existing Chicken House • Adapting an Existing Outbuilding • Building a Chicken House • Litter • Nests • Roosts • People Doors • Chicken Doors • Chicken-Yard Options • Cleaning Your Chicken House Chicken Inquiries,

Diseases, Parasites 659

Injuries That Can Be Fixed • The Diseased Bird • Some Poultry Diseases • Bugs on Birds

Roosters 662

Crowing • Fighting • Making Capons

Laying Hens 663

Of Buying Grown Birds for Laying • Egg Records • Egg-Laying Anatomy • Of Laying and Aging • Laying and Bleaching • "Seasons" of Laying • Dust Baths • Discouraging a Broody Bird • Molting • Of Temperature, Light, and Laying • Hens to Cull Water and Food for Chickens

(and Other Adult Fowl) 667

Water • Food • Sunshine • Free-Roaming vs. Confined Chickens • Protein • Calcium • Of Gravel and the Gizzard • Cannibalism

Eggs 670

Finding Eggs • Various Eggs • Bizarre Eggs • Fresh or Rotten? • Selling Your Eggs • Eggs as Deer Repellent • Egg-Using Recipes • Homemade Easter Egg Dyes • Preserving Eggs

Laws on Home Poultry Processing 676

Butchering Chickens 679

Of Age and Stage • Dark Meat, Light Mea • Catching a Chicken at Night • Catching a Chicken in the Daytime • Meat Chickens to Sell • Killing a Chicken • Picking the Chicken • Cleaning the Chicken • Making Use of Unusual Chicken Parts • Serving the Bird Whole • Cutting up the Bird • Freezing, Canning, or Drying Poultry and Other Small Stock Meat • Good Recipes for Old Hens!

Cleaning and Using Feathers 686

Cleaning Feathers • Using Feathers

Turkeys 688

Turkey Books and Supplies

Turkey Breeds 688

The Broad-Breasteds • Not Broad-Breasteds

Turkey Reproduction 689

Turkey Sex • Egg Production • Natural Brooding • Incubating Turkey Eggs

Brooding Poults ! 690

Mail-Order Poults • Sanitation • Brooding

Of Turkey Housing and Yards 691

Turkey Space • Turkey Yards • Poult and Turkey Flooring

Butchering 692

Killing a Turkey • Picking Cooking a Turkey 692

The Waterfowl: Ducks and Geese 694

Further Duck and Goose Information • Waterfowl Breeders • Toe-Punching

Of Water and Waterfowl 694

Of Water and Mating • Pond Life • Duck Plague • Predators • Sticky Eyes • Waterfowl on Saltwater • Raising Young Waterfowl • Brooder Shelter

Of Ducklings and Goslings, Food and Water 696

Drinking Water • Starter Food • Home-Grown Starter Food • Commercial Starters • Home-Grown Food for Adult Waterfowl

Housing for Post-Brooder Geese and Ducks 697

No Shelter • A 3-Sided Shelter • Total Shelter • Totally Confined Waterfowl • Of Flying and Waterfowl

About Feathers 698

Live Plucking • Dry-Picking a Dead Bird • Chicken-Style Scalding and Picking • Waxing Methods • Hot

Water/Hot Wax/Cold Water • Combined Hot Water/Hot Wax-Heat

Cleaning Ducks and Geese 699

Of Ducks in Particular 699

Duck Features • Duck Temperament • Ducks in Print • Ducks for Eggs • Egg Breeds • Meat Breeds

• Dual-Purpose Duck Varieties • Bantam Duck Breeds • Duck Food • Duck Reproduction • Butchering a Duck • Duck Recipes

Geese 704

Geese in Print • Goose Breeds • Care and Feeding of Geese • Pasture for Geese • Controlling Geese • Of Goose and Gander • Laying and Nesting • Butchering • Some of My Favorite Goose Recipes

Guineas 709

Guinea Attributes 709

Self-Reliance • Insect-Eating • Guinea Patrol • Guineas for Meat and Market • Low-Cholesterol Eggs

Getting Started 710

Guinea Feed • Guinea Shelter • Guinea Pens • Worms

Guinea Reproduction 710

Male and Female • Nests • Incubating Guinea Eggs

• Hatching Guineas • Keets • Guinea Mothers Catching a Guinea 711

The Game Birds 712

Game-Bird Books and Supplies • Sources Game-Bird Housing 712

Game Birds and Stress • Pens for Small Game Birds • Housing for Larger Game Birds • Game-Bird Breeding

Pheasants 713

Pheasants for Hunting • Pheasant Housing • Debeaking • Pheasant Reproduction

Partridge 713

Shelter and Food • Incubating Chukar Eggs Quail 714

Coturnix Quail • Sexing Coturnix • Coturnix Reproduction • Incubating Coturnix Eggs • Bobwhite Quail • Quail Chicks • Quail Housing •

Using Quail Meat and Eggs Peafowl 715

Pigeons and Doves 715

Breeds • Pigeons in Print • Pigeons Gone Wild • The Nest

How to Kill, Pick, and Clean a Pigeon 717

Cooking Pigeon

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