The Illustrated Guide to Chickens by Celia Lewis

The Illustrated Guide to Chickens by Celia Lewis

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Chickens are fun and useful to keep. If you have ever considered raising your own flock this book is for you. It offers practical advice and contains all the information you need to make the right choice of breed whatever your circumstances.

There are breeds that will be happy, healthy and productive whether in town, suburban or rural settings. Before you decide which breed is right for you, and your neighbors, you need to think about how many chickens you can and should keep, whether you want them just for eggs or want to breed them, where they're going to live and how much of an impact they are going to have.

This book answers all those questions and gives you an insight into the unique attributes and personalities of the 100 commonest breeds. The breed profiles include the various color combinations, standards of the breed, place and history of origin and any special qualities a breed might have. The engaging descriptions are accompanied by beautiful original paintings by the author.

Helpful introductory sections include advice on what and how much to feed your chicken, how to choose their housing, and how to spot and prevent the most common ailments you may encounter. A glossary of poultry jargon and a quick reference guide to each breed's most common characteristics completes the book.

About the author

Celia Lewis started her art career studying life and portrait charcoal drawing with Signorina Simi in Florence. She is now a member of a dynamic art group and several art societies in Surrey where she lives. She has taken part in group, private and national exhibitions and has won several prizes including the 2005 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolor (RI) medal.

Living in the country Celia is lucky enough to be able to keep hens and guinea fowl in her garden and, along with nearby cows and sheep, this is where she finds her inspiration. Although working mainly in watercolor she has now branched out into acrylics. Celia is also a glass engraver/sandblaster. She has co-written two previous books on hen care.

Book details

192 pages
A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Publication date
April 2010


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