| "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. |
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.