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The Genetics of Chicken Colours - for Dummies

Postby nigel » 21 May 2008, 15:22

Thought this book coming out in English very soon might interest some of you:

click on the picture for a adobe preview - sorry to those of you on dial-up connections it is very large [1.7MB]. They mention a website www.chickencolours.com but there isn't anything there yet.

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Here is a precis of the book taken from a post on The Coop

The Genetics of Chicken Colours for Dummies

by Sigrid van Dort-David Hancox and Friends


The how and why of chicken genetics has long been a mystery to many of us amateur chicken breeders and books on the genetics of chicken colours are few and far between. The book 'The Genetics of Chicken Colours for Dummies' is therefore a very welcome addition to this field.

The book reviewed was written in Dutch in 2007 and the English Edition is expected to be published as e-book and in hardback format, and possibly soft cover, in Australia the middle of this year. The book is written by Dutch amateur geneticist and chicken breeder Sigrid van Dort with the help of her friends and is intended for amateur chicken breeders who lack a formal background in genetics. Sigrid's co-author of the English Edition is Australian David Hancox. David's contribution is based on knowledge gained throughout his 45 years of experience in the field of chicken breeding. Bellsouth will be responsible for the launch of the English edition of the book.

One of the first things one notices about the book is the large number of photo illustrations. The author's claim that the book consists of about 2/3 illustrations and 1/3 text appears correct. The numerous illustrations of both birds and individual feathers make it easy to identify the more subtle differences in colours for example; different types of barring may look similar when seen on a bird but are quite different when individual feathers are compared.

The second aspect that stands out is the 'down to earth' style in which the book is written. The author introduces genetics by comparing chicken colours to vegetable or minestrone soup and uses this example throughout the book to highlight how genetics work. For example, similar to soup, the colour and appearance of chickens can be the result of a greater of lesser concentration of say tomato paste, while at other times a colour can be the result of a adding a completely new ingredient. By comparing the daunting topic of chicken genetics to an everyday item such as soup the author demystifies the topic and makes it, excuse the pun, easy to digest.

The book explains in simple terms how genetics create certain colours and the factors that influence the way colours are inherited. The author also discusses how different genetic factors combine to create colours and provides numerous examples of the results of particular crosses. The book includes special sections on topics such as: the red colour of the Yokohama breed, feather patterns, and has exercises for readers to test their understanding of chicken genetics.

About a quarter of the book's more than 200 pages describe in words and through photos of both hens and roosters the wide range of standardised colours and the genetic 'recipes' that are responsible for their occurrence.

In light of the easy to read style and the ability of the author to explain complex material in an easy to understand manner I hope she will also expand or write a further book on chicken genetics covering aspect such as crests, beards and leg feathering and the differences hat can be found in Frizzles and Silkies.

I expect that this book will be well received by Australia's amateur chicken breeders and fanciers, and commend the author on presenting the topic in such an easy to understand manner.

About the reviewer, Erik Berrevoets has bred and kept chickens off and on for the last 30 years and his knowledge of genetics prior to reading the book did not exceed that of a year 12 biology student.
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Postby mojo » 21 May 2008, 21:49

nigel can you find me a ISBN number please and publisher too oh yes and PM me so i dont forget and can we order thro amazon??
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Postby mojo » 09 Jun 2008, 14:46

any news please cant get link to work
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Postby Attila The Hen » 12 Jun 2008, 14:17

Good(ish) news, Mojo. They're getting closer to publishing, both as a hardback and an e-book.

The link now works to their website - http://www.chickencolours.com/index.html

Am looking forward to getting my copy. Eventually! (there's no mention of it on the publisher's website as a forthcoming publication).

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Postby nigel » 12 Jun 2008, 14:52

I think this should be well worth a read too. I'll get a copy when they're available
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Postby mojo » 12 Jun 2008, 15:27

please post the ISBN number and uk publisher as soon as anyone has it please
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Postby Attila The Hen » 24 Jun 2008, 15:02

A sort of belated update as to a publication date. The author says on another forum that it may be the end of the summer before it's available to buy in an English language version.

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Yes I printed a small run of 10 copies and will print a larger one (50) next or over-next week.

I don't know when the printed English book is available in Aus, US and UK, perhaps end of the Summer. I have to find distribution addresses but can start with that when chickencolours.com in online to show where its all about.

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I guess we'll just have to be (im)patient!

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Postby nigel » 25 Jun 2008, 07:41

more info

Change of name. Due to threats from John Wiley USA a change of name is coming up,most likely at this stage is Genetics of Chicken Colours- The Basics.
Will keep you all posted.


if I see anymore updates I'll let you all know
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Postby Attila The Hen » 19 Sep 2008, 13:50

E-book now available to buy, for $55. Can be downloaded in its entirety for a free 1 day trial, though I'd be surprised if that facility lasted for long, as anyone unscrupulous with an hour on their hands could easily Ctrl+Alt+Print Scrn each page at 90% size to get a completely legible copy of the book to print, thereby over-riding all of the security devices that inhibit printing and saving... which would of course be illegal, and as such certainly not be recommended.

I shall wait for the physical book to come out and buy my copy then. It looks pretty good.

http://www.chickencolours.com/pagina4.html

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Postby mojo » 22 Sep 2008, 20:37

even if i want to download dialup means no chance..........any idea when hard copy available please
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Postby mojo » 29 Oct 2008, 09:42

anyone got a copy and can do a review for use of members
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Re: The Genetics of Chicken Colours - for Dummies

Postby lazaf » 12 Jul 2010, 13:18

I think the website link is working now with the PDF which describes what is in the book - It's not on Amazon so far though :(
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