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Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens
includes all the information farmers need -- from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops and keeping the birds healthy and safe from predators -- to keep chickens or run an egg business.
The 3rd edition, now with 188,000 copies in print contains new and expanded features:
• "Fowl Disposition" -- new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence
• Expanded coverage of hobby farming
• Disease section now includes information on avian influenza and fowl first aid
Storey's Guide to Raising Series is the essential animal husbandry information from the trusted source. With a combined total of 1.7 million copies in print.
Praise for the book:
"I didn't know how much I didn't know until I bought this book." - Keith, Bakersfield, CA
All the information farmers need, from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops and keeping the birds healthy and safe, is covered in this essential guide. The third edition, now with 188,000 copies in print, contains new and expanded features.
Here is all the information you need to successfully raise chickens — from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops, keeping the birds healthy, and protecting them from predators. This revised third edition contains a new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence, expanded coverage of hobby farming, and up-to-date information on chicken health issues, including avian influenza and fowl first aid.
Once you decide to raise chickens, you'll need all the information and advice you can get. And lucky for you, this book is as far as you'll have to look. A Guide to Raising Chickens contains everything you need to know, from starting your own backyard flock to putting eggs on the table. With easy-to-understand illustrations and text, this book shows you all about:
-- Choosing the right breed
-- Caring for chicks
--Feeding the growing flock
-- Building feeders and shelters
-- Collecting and storing eggs
-- Preventing health problems
-- Raising broilers for meat
-- Showing your chickens
About the Author
Gail Damerow, author of The Chicken Health Handbook, 2nd Edition, has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural know-how in more than a dozen country skills how-to books, including the best-selling Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, The Chicken Encyclopedia, and Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks. Damerow is a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, where they operate a family farm with poultry and dairy goats, a sizable garden, and a small orchard.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Chicken-Raising Mentality
1. Choosing the Perfect Chicken
4. Meat Bird Management
5. Butchering Day (and Good Eating to Follow)
6. Layer Management
7. Table Eggs
8. Managing Breeders
9. Incubation and Hatching
10. Chick Care
11. General Management
12. Health Management