Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide

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Rodale, Sep 15, 1976 - Technology & Engineering - 157 pages
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Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted. The answer is chickens-- endearing birds that require but a modest outlay of time, space and food.

As they learned to raise chickens, Gail and Rick Luttmann came to realize the need for a comprehensive but clear and nontechnical guide. Their book covers all the basics in a light and entertaining sytle, from housing and feeding through incubating, bringing up chicks, butchering, and raising chickens for show.

Througout the book, the Luttmanns express their wonder at the personalities of chickens-- the role of brash protector played by roosters, and the instinctive motherliness of the hens. Given some freedom and attention, these birds can become much more than the egg-and-meat machines of commercial hatcheries and broiler factories. Chickens provide backyard farmers with enjoyable pastime, as well as a supply of good food.
 

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Cool. It helped me raise my chickens. Also has lots of facts and information about chickens.

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Great for beginners. Easy to understand and answers most questions for the backyard raise . Read full review

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Contents

Before the Beginning
ix
Words You Should Know
2
Protecting Your Chickens
10
Protecting Your Garden
14
The Coop
16
The Run
28
Feeding Your Flock
31
Scratch
33
Summary
88
The Core and Feeding of Chicks
90
Chickens for Meat
99
Butchering
102
Storing the meat
105
Chickens for Show
107
Advice and Solutions
112
Wing clipping
113

Feed supplements
34
Mixing your own feed
36
How much and how often?
38
Facilities
39
Water
41
Roosters
43
Chickens for Eggs
50
The Setting Hen
58
Preparing for spring
60
Collecting and storing eggs
61
Hens for hatching
62
Hens as foster mothers
65
The new brood
69
Incubating
71
The eggs
76
Temperature
77
Humidity
78
Turning
79
Cooling
80
The hatch
84
Continuous hatching
86
Marauders
114
Hot weather
115
Frostbite
117
Feather loss
118
Worms
120
Mites and lice
122
Egg eating
124
Egg binding
125
Symptoms and treatment of disease
126
Starting Your Flock
131
How many?
135
Eggs chicks or chickens
136
Cost
140
Sources
141
Summary
143
Chickens for Fun
144
Appendix
147
Further information
148
Index
151
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