- Mrs. Elrington Douglas Arbuthnott. The
henwife: her own experience in her own poultry-yard. T.C.
- A popular enough guide in England to go through at least seven
- Geo. P. Burnham. The
of the Hen Fever: a Humorous Record. Boston: J.
French and company, 1855.
- Before there was Frank Sinatra, Elvis, the Beatles, the hoola
hoop, beany babies, or Pokemon, there were chickens. This
classic book describes the fad that took the world by storm
after the introduction of some exotic breeds of chickens in the
early 19th Century.
- William Cook. Practical
poultry breeder & feeder: or How to make poultry pay.
Office of the Journal of Horticulture, 1882.
- A British advice book, with a lengthy section on cross
Caponizing Set Instruction Book. Chicago: Sears, Roebuck,
and Co., 1922.
- Available as a Web page and a pdf file (tools not included),
these instructions are provided by the Palm Beach County Poultry
- Felch, Isaac K. Poultry
culture: how to raise, manage, mate and judge thoroughbred
fowls. Chicago :W. H. Harrison, 1885.
- A pioneer in the promotion of poultry production.
- Milo M. Hastings. The
Hen. Syracuse: National Poultry Publishing Company,
- Hastings wrote this to assist "in placing the poultry business
on a sound scientific and economic basis" and "to help the
poultryman to make money, not to spend it."
- Walter Hogan. The
of the Hen; or, The Science of the Selection and Breeding of
- Harry Lamon. The
and Breeding of Poultry. New York: Orange Judd,
- Covers both principles and practices of breeding, and provides
descriptions and advice concerning every breed then accepted to
- Harry Lamon. Poultry
and Selection. Washington, DC: Lamon, 1932.
- Lamon was Senior Poultryman for the National Poultry
Institute. This book was written as a text for a course, and
each chapter is a lesson.
- Harry Lamon. Practical
Production. St. Paul: Webb, 1920.
- A complete guide to poultry raising by the developer of the
Lamona breed, from breeding to feeding, butchering to marketing.
- Published by the International Textbook Company for
International Correspondence Schools, the volume has much detail
on individual breeds and is nicely illustrated in color.
- U. S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers
No. 51: Standard Varieties of Chickens, 1897.
- Descriptions and illustrations of thoroughbred chickens from
more than a century ago. Available through Chickenscope,
a site from the University of Illinois that includes many topics
related to chickens and eggs developed in cooperation with a
group of Illinois schools.
- Harry Upton. Breeding
selection of commercial poultry. Province of British
Columbia Department of Agriculture Bulletin No. 74, 1917.
- A 13-page booklet from a time when commercia poultry meant
something different than it does today.
- George C. Watson. Farm
Popular Sketch of Domestic Fowls for the Farmer and Amateur.
9th edition. New York: Macmillan Company, 1919.
- Watson provides in depth descriptions of breeds divided up in
categories of egg, meat, general-purpose, and fancy. In addition
there are chapters on housing, feeding, breeding, diseases and