Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps: A Penguin Handbook (Penguin Handbooks)

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First issued in 1941, when the national crisis made it essential for every scrap of kitchen waste and spare time to be used for increasing the nation's food resources, this book enabled the meagre official wartime rations to be supplemented in thousands of homes by a regular supply of eggs and meat, at a minimum of trouble and expense.

It now reappears, in response to many requests, to play its part in the hardly less urgent food-production drive of peacetime. Everything that the small-scale raiser of rabbits or of poultry, whether for egg-production or for table use, needs to know is here: buying, housing, feeding, breeding, diseases, are all fully dealt with by experts, the instructions being given in simple and practical language for the beginner.

Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps was originally reissued after the war, in 1949. Here it is once again, a facsimilie edition with all the delightful original illustrations and advice to keep your chickens and rabbits happy, whether they be in a city garden or roaming in a farm yard.

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'The bird section summarises just about everything you need to know concerning the day-to-day management, health and welfare of a small, domestic flock of laying hens... The book contains a wealth of solid, practical information, and the period illustrations are just wonderful... Despite its age, it remains a great reference source' -- Poultry Farmer

About the Author:

Alan Thompson, author of the poultry section of this book, kept poultry from the moment he left school. He obtained his technical knowledge at Harper Adams College and was Editor of the Poultry Farmer for 15 years. He also farmed livestock in Copthorne, Sussex, and his voice was familiar to all those who listened to the BBC poultry talks.

Claude Goodchild, author of the rabbit section, spent the first 35 years of his life on an Essex farm and bred rabbits on a considerable scale from the age of 15. He later went on to run the largest rabbit farm of its time in England at Black Corner, near Crawley, Sussex. He started the Rex rabbit in England, was among the first to breed Chinchillas and visited Russia in an advisory capacity at the invitation of the Soviet Government.

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