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A fascinating look into a little known part of the poultry industry. A highly readable, and fully illustrated study of the development of chick sexing (determining the sex of a baby chicken) as a commercially viable practice. A history of the men and women who made chick sexing a lifetime occupation. A world view of chick sexing as an occupation. Chick sexing schools ... a section on sexing ostriches, emus, and ducklings.
Until we can successfully breed only female chickens there will be a need for chicken sexers particularly in the egg laying business. This unique book tells not only of the history and science (or is it art?) of chicken sexing but also about the people who have played a vital part in the poultry industry.
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Robert (Bob) Dickson Martin was born in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. Educated in a small rural school, Melbourne University and beyond. He started his working life as a commercial chick sexer, went to farming, a company secretary, a secondary college teacher and drifted to writing. A writer of short stories, anecdotes, essays and editorials. Currently he is working on his first novel "Ring the Bell." He lives in Melbourne, Australia with this wife Marlene, and their son, Matthew.Review:
A book on chick sexing - not exactly your first choice for bedtime reading! Surely it would be a rather narrow subject even for poultry keepers and breeders? While this might be your initial reaction you would be completely wrong. The history is even more readable in that it contains delightful pen pictures of the men and women who took on this unusual occupation and of the early hatchery-men. The book is sprinkled with personal histories and many amusing anecdotes. The Specialist Chick Sexer is a highly readable, professionally written history book. The reason is that the author R.D. Martin is a professional writer of magazine articles, short stories, essays & editorials. The book is well researched. The author interviewed dozens of commercial sexers throughout the world, contacted chick sexing associations, commercial sexing services and university authorities in Japan, China, Korea, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. (Australian Poultry, August/September 1996) My interest in this book is because chicken sexing has been touted as an excellent example of a tacit (hidden inarticulate) workplace skill which represent significant experimental learning. In philosophy as well as education, it is often used in this way. Fry-stone walling (e.g. around Collect in western Victoria) is another similar skill. So when I saw the book at the Show I just had to read it. -- Department of Vocational Education and Training, University of Melbourne, 1997
This book is wonderfully written, educational, and a valuable source of information on the art of chick sexing. -- Anthony Dean, Owner - Dixie Poultry Farm, July 14, 2002
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Book Description Bernal Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110646198866