Synopses & Reviews
Whether you want to raise 5 chickens or 50, whether you have a 40-foot city lot or a 40-acre farm, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook makes it easy for you to get started raising a healthy flock. Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book will show you what to do next with longtime chicken breeder Christine Heinrichs explaining all the helpful DOs and important DON’Ts. This brightly illustrated, full-color guide will prove an indispensable resource for anyone interested in raising their very own flocks.
Easy-to-follow advice helps you to:
- Choose breeds and obtain stock
- House and feed chickens
- Manage your flock and keep it healthy
- Select and cull for breeding programs
- Incubate eggs and care for chicks
- Raise chickens in the country, suburbs, or city
The book provides information on breed types, obtaining stock, housing, feeding, flock management, breeding programs, incubation and care of chicks, selection and culling, showing, health care, and the legal aspects of raising chickens. Reviewed and approved by Dr. Clint Rusk (Purdue University Associate Professor in the Youth Development and Agriculture Education Department), this book will give you the tools you need to succeed in a challenging but rewarding business.
Whether you want to raise 5 chickens or 50, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook makes it easy for you to get started raising a healthy flock.
Award-winning author Christine Heinrichs (Cambria, CA) serves as historian for the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities and advises numerous zoos, museums, and living-history farms on rare breeds.
About the Author
Christine Heinrichs is the author of How to Raise Chickens and How to Raise Poultry (both Voyageur Press, 2013) and has won many awards over the course of her 30-year writing career. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Northern California Science Writers Association, and Ten Spurs, the honorary society of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. She is also a member of the American Poultry Association, where she serves on the Heritage Breeds Committee, the American Bantam Association, and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. She lives with her husband, chickens, and cat in Cambria, California.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsChapter 1Chickens Past and PresentChapter 2Breed Types and Flock ManagementChapter 3Selecting, Culling, and BreedingChapter 4Showing Your ChickensChapter 5Health CareAfterwordResourcesIndexAbout the Author