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The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything You Need to Know... and Didn't Know You Needed to Know about Backyard and Urban Chickens


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Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer (poultry personality Andy Schneider) teach you everything he knows…and everything you need to know…about raising a backyard flock! Ditch the super-technical manuals and enjoy Andy's unique, common-sense perspective in The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens. This fun, comprehensive guide is a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle.

Inside, you’ll learn:
—The Benefits of a Backyard Chicken Flock
—So You're Eggspecting: The Art of Incubation
— The Art of Brooding
—Home Sweet Home: Coops & Runs
—Nutrition, Health, and Wellness
…and much more!

About the Author

Andy Schneider, better known as the Chicken Whisperer, has become the go-to guy for anything chickens. Over the years, he has helped a countless number of people start their very own backyard flocks. He is not only a well-known radio personality, as host of the “Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer” radio show, but also a contributor for Mother Earth News, Grit Magazine, and Farmers’ Almanac. He is the national spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Bio-Security for Birds Program. He is the Founder/Organizer of the Atlanta Backyard Poultry Meetup Group and many other Meetup Groups around the United States. He has been featured on CNN, HLN, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Economist, USA Today, New Life Journal, and other local and national publications. Andy has also been traveling around the U.S. on the Chicken Whisperer Tour, educating people about the many benefits of keeping a small backyard flock of chickens. Andy and his wife Jen keep 35 chickens on their property just north of Atlanta, Georgia. Visit him online at

Dr. Brigid McCrea, Ph.D, began her lifelong love of chickens quite by accident, and she attributes it all to her involvement in 4-H. With the help of the family mechanic, who was also a show chicken breeder and a 4-H poultry leader, she began to raise and show chickens. The poultry community is full of kind people willing to share their knowledge with fellow poultry enthusiasts, and it was this camaraderie that spurred her on to study poultry and birds in college. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Avian Sciences from the University of California, Davis, and then received her Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Auburn University. Brigid is pleased to share her poultry knowledge with everyone who is interested in learning how best to start or serve their flock.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Power to the Poultry: The Growing Urban Chicken Movement

Chapter 2

Henology: Know thy Hen For She is Great

Chapter 3

Backyard Outlaws: Are Chickens Allowed Where You Live? What Should You Do if They Aren't?

Chapter 4

Prep Work: Getting Your Home and Yard Ready

Chapter 5

Incubation: So You’re EGG-specting?

Chapter 6

The Art of Brooding: Preparing the Nursery for Your New Arrivals

Chapter 7

Home Sweet Home: Coops and Runs

Chapter 8

Safe and Sound: Protecting Your Flock from Predators

Chapter 9

Nutrition: Common Management Questions and Suggestions

Chapter 10

Illness and Ailments: Prevention and Treatment


EGG Artistry: What to Do With All Those Eggs (Besides Eat Them)



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Schneider, Andy
McCrea, Brigid
Schneider, Andy G.
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
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