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Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock
     

Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock

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by Sue Weaver
 

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Hobby Farms Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit is geared toward the hobby farmer looking to begin his or her own flock of chickens on a small farm or even backyard. Author Sue Weaver, who keeps various exotic breeds and countless barnies on her farm, is an expert on all things livestock and an avowed chicken fanatic. This photo-filled guide

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Hobby Farms Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit is geared toward the hobby farmer looking to begin his or her own flock of chickens on a small farm or even backyard. Author Sue Weaver, who keeps various exotic breeds and countless barnies on her farm, is an expert on all things livestock and an avowed chicken fanatic. This photo-filled guide begins with “Chickens 101” and details the physiology of chickens, members of the Phasianidea family, providing beginning hobby farmers with a basic education in the chicken’s unique physical makeup (from wings and feathers to beaks and digestive tracts), behavior, mating, and its unexpected high intelligence. The author offers advice on choosing the right types of chickens to get started: meat, egg, or dual purpose, or maybe even “just for pets.” The book is an excellent resource for selecting which breed of chicken is best for the hobby farmer, based on the birds’ traits, such as aggression, personality, noise factor, tolerance for heat, confinement, cold, etc. Chickens also provides information on selecting or building a suitable chicken coop for the hobby farmer’s brood, outlining the basic requirements (lighting, ventilation, flooring, waterers, insulation, safety, and so forth). A detailed chapter on feeding chickens offers essential guidance on nutrition, commercial feeds, supplements, and water requirements. For the chicken hobby farmer looking to start with a clutch of baby chicks (from his own hen or an outside source), the author provides excellent info on incubators and hatching as well as all of the accommodations and preparation required for hens in the nest box. A chapter on selling eggs and broilers provides timetables, requirements, and dos and don’ts to get a hobby farmer’s business off on the right foot. All chicken keepers will find the chapter on health of particular value, with expert advice on preventing common problems and dealing various maladies and diseases. Much detailed information about all of the topics in the book is encapsulated in sidebars. A glossary of over 125 terms plus a detailed resource section of chicken and poultry associations, books, and websites complete the volume. Fully indexed.

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"Chickens is a great introductory guide to raising a healthy flock of happy chickens. From hens to roosters, from layers to broilers, Weaver covers the essentials in a straight-forward style. You won't need to worry about your chickens flying the coop with this resource in hand."
— John Ivanko, co-author of Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life

"Chickens are the perfect hobby farm animal, and Sue Weaver's book Chickens is the perfect primer for anyone contemplating the addition of chickens to the farm—or in their backyard. Sue clearly covers the practical side of small-flock chicken farming—from selecting the right chicken to keeping them happy and healthy, and she delivers the goods with her trademark wit."
— Carol Ekarius, author of Hobby Farm: Living Your Rural Dream for Pleasure and Profit

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935484912
Publisher:
Lumina Media
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
786,880
File size:
13 MB
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From the Publisher

"Chickens is a great introductory guide to raising a healthy flock of happy chickens. From hens to roosters, from layers to broilers, Weaver covers the essentials in a straight-forward style. You won't need to worry about your chickens flying the coop with this resource in hand."
— John Ivanko, co-author of Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life

"Chickens are the perfect hobby farm animal, and Sue Weaver's book Chickens is the perfect primer for anyone contemplating the addition of chickens to the farm—or in their backyard. Sue clearly covers the practical side of small-flock chicken farming—from selecting the right chicken to keeping them happy and healthy, and she delivers the goods with her trademark wit."
— Carol Ekarius, author of Hobby Farm: Living Your Rural Dream for Pleasure and Profit

Meet the Author

Sue Weaver has written hundreds of articles and nine books about livestock and poultry. She is a contributing editor for Hobby Farms magazine and writes the Poultry Profiles column for Chickens magazine. She lives on a small farm in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, which she shares with her husband of 37 years, a flock of Classic Cheviot sheep and a mixed herd of goats, horses large and small, a donkey who thinks she's a horse, two llamas, a riding steer, a water buffalo, a pet razorback pig, guinea fowl, and Buckeye chickens.

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Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Put netting around the whole pen and on the top thats what i did because i had10 chickens and now i only have 3. I know how you feel. Exept mine got aten by my black lab
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for both beginners and experts and it provides lots of information for chicken lovers. The book itself has many great full screen pictures for the NOOK simpletouch and the NOOK simpletouch with Glowlight. I highly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have several of Sue Weaver's books and all of them are good books. Great for the hobby farmer !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looks around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started my name was Alex and I had a wife named Kaitlynn. e.e That was years ago. She disappeared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ah. Bleh. I'll just be at our new book.. o.o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME! This book is informative, easy to understand and helpful with plenty of pictures. 100000000000 stars ( if you could give that many)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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A diamond colored shekit stumbles in
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Okay
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Just saying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so yesterday we had six chickens. Today we have zero. A minx riped their heads off. Does this book tell u how to keep chickens safe?
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Gingerstar brings the pregnat kit 2 small res. 1
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"When am I gonna get adopted?" She mewed.
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