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Raising Chickens for Dummies (For Dummies)

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Raising Chickens for Dummies

Learn to:

  • Raise chickens in virtually any backyard

  • Choose and purchase chickens

  • Construct the right housing

  • Feed and care for your chickens

Kimberly Willis

Poultry breeder and enthusiast

with Rob Ludlow

Owner, BackYardChickens.com

Your hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods

Thinking about raising chickens? This comprehensive, practical guide gives you expert advice on all aspects of keeping chickens in your backyard. Whether you're interested in chickens as pets or as a source for eggs or meat, you'll find all the latest information on housing, feeding, healthcare, breeding, and much more.

  • Do you speak chicken? — learn about basic chicken biology, breeds, and behavior

  • Select your chickens — from eggs to chicks to adults, decide which to buy, how many you need, and find the healthy ones

  • Take care of a small flock — choose a type of housing, construct a chicken coop, feed your birds, and do housekeeping

  • Make more chickens — discover how to mate your chickens, incubate eggs, and hatch and nurture chicks

  • Reap the harvest — manage laying hens, collect and store eggs, butcher meat birds, and package and store meat

Open the book and find:

  • Basic chicken-keeping requirements

  • Misconceptions about chickens explained

  • Top tips for healthy chickens

  • Do-it-yourself housing ideas

  • The best feed for your birds

  • Advice on controlling pests and predators

  • Hints for optimal egg production

  • Information on raising meat birds

  • Answers to combat laying issues

Synopsis:

Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard!

Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and proper feeding. Raising Chickens For Dummies provides authoritative, detailed information to make raising chickens for eggs, meat, or backyard entertainment that much easier.

About the Author

Kimberly Willis has raised poultry for more than 30 years. She currently keeps a flock of laying hens and Bourbon Red turkeys on her small farm and works at an MSU county Extension office in Michigan. Rob Ludlow runs BackYardChickens.com, the leading chicken-raising information resource on the Web. Rob and his family raise a small flock in their San Francisco Bay-area backyard.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Choosing Chickens.

Chapter 1: The Joy of Chickens.

Chapter 2: Basic Chicken Biology and Behavior.

Chapter 3: A Chicken Isn’t Just a Chicken:Your Guide to Breeds.

Chapter 4: Buying Chickens.

Part II: Housing Your Flock.

Chapter 5: Choosing Your Housing Type.

Chapter 6: Designing and Constructing a Coop.

Chapter 7: Coop, Sweet Coop: Furnishing and Housekeeping.

Part III: Caring for Your Flock: General Management.

Chapter 8: Feeding Your Flock.

Chapter 9: Controlling Pests and Predators.

Chapter 10: Keeping Your Flock Happy and Healthy.

Chapter 11: Handling Health Problems.

Part IV: Breeding: From Chicken to Egg and Back Again.

Chapter 12: Mating Your Chickens.

Chapter 13: Incubating Eggs and Hatching Chicks.

Chapter 14: Raising Chicks.

Part V: Special Management Considerations.

Chapter 15: Managing Layers and Collecting Eggs.

Chapter 16: Raising and Butchering Meat Birds.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: More than Ten Tips for Keeping Healthy, Stress-Free Chickens.

Chapter 18: More than Ten Misconceptions about Chickens, Eggs, and So On.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470465448
Publisher:
For Dummies
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
With:
Ludlow, Rob
Author:
Willis, Kimberly
Author:
Dummies
Author:
Ludlow, Rob
Author:
Consumer Dummies
Author:
Ludlow
Subject:
Animal Agriculture
Subject:
chicken, chickens, raising chickens, chicken raising, chicken coops, coop, keeping chickens, chickens in your backyard, backyard chickens, eggs, purchasing chickens, housing chickens, selling chickens, chicken eggs,
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20090708
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.10x7.40x.90 in. 1.33 lbs.

Related Subjects


Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Animal Husbandry
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Chickens
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Livestock General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Poultry

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"Synopsis" by , Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard!

Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and proper feeding. Raising Chickens For Dummies provides authoritative, detailed information to make raising chickens for eggs, meat, or backyard entertainment that much easier.

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