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The book covers sixty-five of the most popular domestic breeds in Europe and North America, helping you make informed decisions based on your environment, the personalities and temperaments of different birds, their eggs and meat, and whether you intend to breed them. Lewis offers advice on housing, water, and feeding; the impact of birds on your land and on your neighbors (such as noise); and on the prevention and treatment of common ailments. She also provides brief profiles covering the history and place of origin of each breed, and appearance of males, females, and chicks - illustrated in her own lush watercolors. Lewis has created a practical guide thorough enough for a small farmer and beautiful enough to grace the coffee table of a casual enthusiast.