Chickens, Ducks and Bees: A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Livestock in the Garden

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Growing your own vegetables often leads gardeners to want to go one step further and keep some livestock. Chickens, ducks and bees are the most likely candidates for the first time livestock owner - especially if you live in a town or have only a small amount of land. They can all be kept happily together. Keeping these animals is a fun and absorbing hobby and is a great antidote to stress. There is nothing more rewarding than the collection of your own fresh eggs and honey. The book is full of sound, practical ...

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Chickens, Ducks and Bees: A beginner's guide to keeping livestock in the garden

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Overview

Growing your own vegetables often leads gardeners to want to go one step further and keep some livestock. Chickens, ducks and bees are the most likely candidates for the first time livestock owner - especially if you live in a town or have only a small amount of land. They can all be kept happily together. Keeping these animals is a fun and absorbing hobby and is a great antidote to stress. There is nothing more rewarding than the collection of your own fresh eggs and honey. The book is full of sound, practical advice and looks at exactly what you need to get started: the equipment, housing, space and feed. Taking the breeds best suited for the smaller garden, town garden, or allotment, the responsible care and management of these animals is thoroughly covered in a friendly, approachable style with their welfare always in mind. Chickens: from breed selection to housing, feeding, care, and health issues this book provides simple, no nonsense information about how hens live, their needs and lifestyle and how to keep happy, healthy and productive hens. Ducks: here is all you need to know to introduce these entertaining animals to the garden - their walking requirements, their feed, and the surprisingly small amount of water they need. Duck eggs are great for baking and this book shows you how to keep your ducks happy and laying. Bees: there are many more people now interested in keeping bees. Paul Peacock shows you how to get started, where to get help, what equipment you need, and how to handle bees and harvest their honey. It emphasises gentle bees, and covers the control of varroa and other potential bee diseases.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905862573
  • Publisher: How To Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Paul Peacock has himself kept chickens, ducks and bees - sometimes in small, urban spaces - and has written many books and numerous articles on these subjects. He advises a major city council on public beekeeping and is also a published expert on gardening and smallholding. He is editor of The Home Farmer magazine. Paul Peacock writes for the Daily Mirror as Mr Digwell.

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Table of Contents

KEEPING HENS
1. Housing and equipment
2. Which breeds are best and how many should I keep
3. How to feed properly
4. How to clip wings and everyday care
5. How to recognize problems
6. When you need a vet handy
7. How the egg production cycle works
8. How to recognize a happy hen
9. Dispatching hens
KEEPING DUCKS
10. Specific housing needs of ducks
11. Providing water
12. Feeding Ducks
13. Duck breeds for eggs and ducks for meat
14. Everyday care
15. Recognizing problems
16. Using duck eggs
17. When you need a vet handy
18. How the egg production cycle works
19. How to recognize a happy hen
20. Dispatching ducks
KEEPING BEES
21. The basics
- when, where, how and why
22. What kind of bees should I keep
23. What kind of garden do I need
24. What equipment do I need
25. The bee year
26. Managing Varroa
27. The bee casts and their role
28. Swarming
29. Collecting honey
30. Other bee products
Glossary & resource.

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