Synopses & Reviews
The Chicken Handbook covers everything you need to know about the satisfying and rewarding hobby of keeping poultry: from choosing your breed and preparing your chicken house to establishing your flock and reaping the benefits of fresh produce. This indispensable guide offers the advice you need to ensure that your birds stay happy, healthy, and thriving. If you take the plunge you will be able to impress your friends and family with truly organic eggs. All it will take is a few birds and some feed. Research suggests poultry allowed to roam free with access to grass, lay eggs that are higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, while also being lower in cholesterol than any sold in retail stores. These are much healthier for you and are very beneficial to your skin and hair. Once you have sat down to freshly laid eggs for breakfast, you will never again be tempted to reach for that carton on the supermarket shelf. Home-laid eggs are full of flavor because they have not been sitting around for days, or even weeks, waiting for delivery. There is even a difference in the color of the yolks-a healthy orange instead of that washed-out yellow we are used to. Unlike other pets, poultry do not need to be walked, brushed or fed twice a day. Essentially, all the poultry keeper needs to do is gather the eggs daily, fill the birds' food and water containers, and change their bedding about once a month. It couldn't be easier, and this book shows you how.
Keeping poultry is no longer just for country dwellers. A small piece of garden and a lot of determination is all you need - even in the inner city. Satisfying and rewarding, keeping chickens can be the perfect hobby - and offers fresher produce than can ever be found in the supermarket. This book is a comprehensive handbook for the novice to get started.
This comprehensive handbook covers everything you need to know about keeping poultry, from choosing your breed and preparing your chicken house to establishing your flock and reaping the benefits of fresh eggs.
This book is a comprehensive handbook for the novice to get started. All the fundamental information a backyard farmer needs to raise not only chickens, but geese, ducks, and turkeys too.
Many of us dream of abandoning the rat race in favor of a more satisfying, self-sustaining existence. Our idyllic new life might even include a few chickens pecking around the garden, providing us with lovely fresh eggs. Keeping poultry, however, is not just for country dwellers, as a small garden and plenty of determination can make this dream a reality-even in the inner city. The Chicken Handbook covers everything you need to know about this satisfying and rewarding hobby, from choosing your breed and preparing your chicken house to establishing your flock and reaping the benefits of fresh produce. Illustrated throughout, this indispensable guide offers the advice you need to ensure that your birds stay happy, healthy, and thriving.
About the Author
Vivian Head is an ardent cook, gardener and author who lives in a country cottage in East Sussex, in the United Kingdom. When she is not busy writing, she tends her allotment and kitchen herb garden, which is also home to her chickens and four beehives.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION The History of Chickens What is Free-range? So You Want to Keep Chickens Things to Consider ANATOMY OF A CHICKEN A Simple Creature The Anatomy of the Egg WHERE DO I BEGIN? Housing and Equipment The Inside of the Coop Other Equipment Routines CHOOSING YOUR CHICKENS Which to Choose Breeds for Egg Production Dual-purpose Breeds Bantams and Silkies Age and Where to Buy BRINGING YOUR CHICKENS HOME Settling Them In Coping With the Horrid Jobs Behavioural Problems FEEDING Feeding Requirements General Formula for Home Mixes A-Z OF PESTS AND DISEASES General Well-being Abnormal Eggs RAISING YOUR OWN CHICKS Suitable Breeding Stock The Artificial Incubator Hatching Incubation Problems THE EGG Natural Food Package SHOWING Worthy of a Prize A Guide to What a Judge Looks for DUCKS, GEESE AND OTHER POULTRY Ducks Geese Turkeys Guinea Fowl Quail RECIPES A Selection of Recipes GLOSSARY INDEX