Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl

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From Fertilized Egg to Baby Chick and Beyond

Whether you're an experienced poultry owner or an intrigued beginner, chicken expert Gail Damerow offers everything you need to know about acquiring and brooding hatchlings and what to expect from your young charges as they grow. When you've gained experience brooding and are eager for the next challenge, Damerow goes on to explain every step of the hatching process.

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Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl

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Overview

From Fertilized Egg to Baby Chick and Beyond

Whether you're an experienced poultry owner or an intrigued beginner, chicken expert Gail Damerow offers everything you need to know about acquiring and brooding hatchlings and what to expect from your young charges as they grow. When you've gained experience brooding and are eager for the next challenge, Damerow goes on to explain every step of the hatching process.

If you want your chickens to do the work for you, the chapter on broody hens will prepare you for their special care and feeding needs. If you choose to incubate the eggs, complete coverage of selecting and operating an incubator and understanding the structure and development of an egg will give you the confidence to act as mother hen yourself. And hatching and brooding information on turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl is also featured.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This know-all chicken manual could serve as a college textbook for the former 4H-er bound for a life of chicken raising, or an intricate tome for the many chicken enthusiasts eager for a detailed cluck for their buck. Damerow (The Chicken Encyclopedia), a chicken farmer in Tennessee, with almost 800,000 copies of chicken-oriented books in print, takes us from purchasing eggs vs. chicks to the intricacies of humidity and candling. "Chicks" in the title is a bit misleading, as "sexing," correcting birth defects with duct tape, and other troubleshooting chapters and charts are included for turkeys, ducks, guinea fowl, and geese as well. Students of chicken rearing are taken from improvisational housing after hatch (bathtubs, storage tubs) to creative takes on the incubator relying on cardboard boxes and woodworking projects. Damerow also cover the basics (and beyond) of malpositioned embryos, panting hatchlings, and the miraculous, temporary chick "tooth," which starts the eight-hour pipping process of pecking a starter hole for emerging from the shell. From eating schedules to euthanasia, Damerow addresses everything great-grandpa knew about birthing baby cacklers and quackers-and then some.
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"This know-all chicken manual could serve as a college textbook”

“Gail Damerow continues to educate, entertain, and astound us with her detailed coverage of all-things-chicken, this time with seldom-encountered facts and tips on hatching and brooding. ... Add this one to the already long list of Gail Damerow books that belong in every poultry lover’s library.”

“Background information, illustrations, and thorough instructions abound throughout this thoughtfully organized work. In addition to sections devoted to the selection, care, feeding, and development of eggs and chicks, this guide features a glossary and a comprehensive index. … for those seeking reliable instructions on brooding and hatching a variety of fowl, the book is outstanding.”

Backyard Poultry
“Gail Damerow continues to educate, entertain, and astound us with her detailed coverage of all-things-chicken, this time with seldom-encountered facts and tips on hatching and brooding. ... Add this one to the already long list of Gail Damerow books that belong in every poultry lover’s library.”
Library Journal
Damerow (The Chicken Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Reference) has published extensively on many aspects of farming, but is probably most recognized for her books about raising chickens. With more than 800,000 copies of Damerow's books in print, her contributions have helped spark a vibrant urban farming movement. Her latest work, meant for the advanced layperson, provides detailed information on a relatively specialized component of raising fowl. This emphasis, while limiting the overall appeal, will be a welcome boon for those researching the brooding process, and is especially noteworthy for the unusual inclusion of material on hatching a variety of fowl, including ducklings, goslings, turkey poults, and guinea keets. Background information, illustrations, and thorough instructions abound throughout this thoughtfully organized work. In addition to sections devoted to the selection, care, feeding, and development of eggs and chicks, this guide features a glossary and a comprehensive index. For those interested in a general omnibus, it's overly narrow, but for those seeking reliable instructions on brooding and hatching a variety of fowl, the book is outstanding. VERDICT A thoughtful, extensive guide for the serious amateur but too detailed and focused for beginning urban chicken farmers.—Dan McClure, Pacific Northwest Coll. of Art Lib., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120140
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 391,581
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee, where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food, make their own yogurt and ice cream from fresh goat milk, and bake their own bread. Damerow has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural skills. She shares her experience and knowledge as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry magazine and as the author or contributor to more than a dozen country skills how-to books.


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Table of Contents

Introduction


Part 1: The Chicks

1 Acquiring Your First Chicks

2 Setting Up Your Brooder

3 Managing Water, Feed, and Bedding

4 What to Expect as They Grow

5 Hatchling Health Issues

Part 2: The Eggs

6 The Broody Hen

7 Selecting an Incubator

8 Eggs for Hatching

9 Operating an Incubator

10 What Went Wrong?

11 Hatchling Identification

Appendix: Screwpot Notions

Glossary

Acknowledgments

Resources

Index

Interior Photography Credits

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