Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand

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Feathered Friends
for Town and Country

by Marina Steinke

Domestic fowls – commonly known as poultry, hens, chooks or chickens – rank among the most useful of domestic animals. Most hens are kept to provide the family with fresh nutritious eggs, but there are so many other aspects that make chooks exceptionally useful: they provide fertiliser, they can help with bug control, if you wish they can provide meat, and some people keep chooks as useful pets.

A comprehensive guide to keeping poultry has been written by Marina Steinke who is an active member of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand and is currently on the National Committee, as well as being the Society’s Editor and Membership Secretary.

Canterbury author Marina has had over 30 years’ experience in small scale poultry keeping and breeding.


This brand new guide to keeping poultry is a fantastic resource for anyone keen to get a few backyard hens. You’ll learn everything you need to know – and more – about looking after your feathered friends.   With over 500 educational photographs, each with its own caption, this A4 format book with 252 pages is a must-have for everyone interested in keeping poultry.

[Click here for further information about this book – and how to get a copy.]

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