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Got a little space and a hankering for fresh eggs?
Robert and Hannah Litt have dispensed advice to hundreds of urban and suburban chicken-keepers from behind their perch at Portland's Urban Farm Store, and now they're ready to help you go local and sustainable with your own backyard birds. In this handy guide to breeds, feed, coops, and care, the Litts take you under their experienced wing and share the secrets to:
- Picking the breeds that are right for you
- Building a sturdy coop in one weekend for $100
- Raising happy and hearty chicks
- Feeding your flock for optimal health and egg nutrition
- Preventing, identifying, and treating common chicken diseases
- Planning ahead for family, neighborhood, and legal considerations
- Whipping up tasty egg recipes from flan to frittata
With everything that first-timers will need to get started — along with expert tips for seasoned keepers — this colorful, nuts-and-bolts manual proves that keeping chickens is all it's cracked up to be.
"Backyard chickening may be the best next step beyond backyard gardening. Leveraging their own experience with their Oregon customers’ shared wisdom, Robert and Hannah bring to every aspiring next stepper a mentoring book that can nudge anyone into micro-eggery." Joel Salatin, founder of Polyface Farm, author of You Can Farm, and contributor to Food, Inc. A Participant Guide
"This is the guide to raising chickens that I desperately needed when I first started urban farming. Robert and Hannah have seen it all when it comes to raising cluckers." Novella Carpetner, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
This colorful, nuts-and-bolts guide to selecting and raising backyard chickens offers everything a first-time keeper needs to know, from the experts at the Urban Farm Store in Portland, Oregon.
Portland's Urban Farm Store stocks everything today's modern locavore needs to live a sustainable life, from custom chicken feed to beekeeping equipment to cheese-making supplies. Owners Robert and Hannah Litt have spent hours each day researching and answering customers' questions about their chickens. They have gathered all their best advice in this resource on breeds, feed, and care, including plans for a coop that can be built in a single weekend, and answers to common questions such as "How do I raise chicks?"; "Which breeds are the best layers?" and "Should I bring a $5 chicken to the vet?" From behavior to broods to litter, the Litts share their hard-earned wisdom along with a few of their favorite egg recipes — proving that raising a healthy backyard flock is all it's cracked up to be.
About the Author
Robert and Hannah Litt have been keeping chickens for seven years. As Robert, a landscape architect, and Hannah, a nurse-midwife, became increasingly interested in urban foodgrowing, Robert returned to school to obtain an MS in sustainable agriculture. In early 2009, they opened an urban farm supply store. They've been featured on KATU News, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Planet Green's Renovation Nation. Robert was recently named to Food and Wine magazine's "40 Big Food Thinkers Under 40." Visit www.urbanfarmstore.com and www.achickenineveryyard.com.
Table of Contents
Why Keep Chickens? 1
Planning: Are We Ready for This? 11
Breeds: Pickin’ Chickens 21
Chicks: Parenting Your Peeps 43
Coops and Runs: Building Your Poultry Palace 69
Adult Chickens: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Farmer 97
Health Management: Should I Bring a $5 Chicken to the Vet? 131
Eggs: How to Make Them and Eat Them 165
About the Authors 192