Book Review of Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry (done by Jerreth McLaughlin)

Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry

Chickens   Turkeys    Ducks    Geese    Guineas    Game Birds

By Glenn Drowns

 

 

As it says on the front of this book, it is a classic and it is a best seller.  I would definitely put it on my must read list. We have been friends with Glenn and Linda Drowns since the 1980s.  Glenn is a teacher as well as the owner/operator of Sand Hill Preservation Center.  He has raised many varieties of birds for over 40 years.  He hasn’t just raised a wide variety of birds, he has made a science of it and has maintained hundreds of breeds.  What he writes about in this book is from his first hand experience. You can expect to have information on breeds, housing, raising each of the types of poultry and some basic information on illnesses, feed and how to set your poultry venture up for success.

Glenn Drowns writes this book from first hand experience.

The book has drawings that are helpful.  However, if I were to suggest improvement, it would be to have color pictures rather than drawings.  That said, if I had to guess, they didn’t do that because it would drive the cost of the book up too much.

Glenn provides an excellent discussion on NAIS. I will quote a couple of tidbits from page 412. “Increasingly, as our society moves farther away from producing its own food, we become collectively more ignorant of how the animal world operates.  The less connected we are to our food supply, the more likely we are to pass laws that are not based on good common sense. Now, as we have become a more urban, industrialized society, we look to the government to protect us and provide us with all the information that we no longer garner from our day-to-day experience. When corporations, whose primary motive is to make money and please stockholders, largely influence governmental decisions, the small backyard producer is suddenly labeled an unsafe producer. The truth about safety is the exact opposite: The producer of 100 dozen or fewer eggs a week has far greater control over his product than does a factory farm producing a million eggs a day.  The small producer is more involved and concerned about the health and welfare of his birds; he sees them all each and every day.

Includes an excellent discussion on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

Small fowl producers must unite our voices to protect and preserve small farms, and we must educate the public about the pride we take in our poultry and the safe and humane methods used to raise them.”

From this snippet, you can see that Glenn is an excellent writer and teacher. Reading his book will help you achieve your dreams.

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