Guide to Raising Chickens

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Storey Publishing, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 438 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

1 Choosing a Breed
1
2 Fowl Disposition
29
3 Shelter
52
4 Feed and Water
87
5 Routine Management
119
6 Health Care
151
7 LayingHen Management
182
8 Eggs for Eating
215
11 Chick Care
307
12 Exhibiting Your Chickens
336
13 Managing Meat Birds
361
14 Meat on the Table
387
Glossary
416
Recommended Reading
422
Resources
425
Index
427

9 Managing a Breeder Flock
238
10 Hatching Eggs
275

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About the author (2010)

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.

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