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How To Raise Chickens: Everything You Need To Know

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Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows you what to do next. In this hands-on, easy-to-use guidebook, longtime chicken breeder and poultry expert Christine Heinrichs tells you everything you need to know to raise chickens in your backyard—from laying out the yard and designing a coop to choosing breeds, caring for chicks, egging, sexing, and butchering. Whether you’re interested in rare breeds or the garden variety; whether you want to show your chickens or serve them, this brightly...

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Overview

Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows you what to do next. In this hands-on, easy-to-use guidebook, longtime chicken breeder and poultry expert Christine Heinrichs tells you everything you need to know to raise chickens in your backyard—from laying out the yard and designing a coop to choosing breeds, caring for chicks, egging, sexing, and butchering. Whether you’re interested in rare breeds or the garden variety; whether you want to show your chickens or serve them, this brightly illustrated, clearly written guide will prove an indispensable resource.

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The Country Today (Eau Claire, WI), March 28, 2007

“No matter if you’re a neophyte in animal ownership or a seasoned farmer with years of experience, you’ll learn something in these ‘how-to’ books. Best of all, they are approved by the FFA, which means you can feel good about handing them to your future farmer.”
Midwest Book Review, April 2007

How to Raise Chickens is a comprehensive manual for novice and experienced chicken raisers … an all-inclusive guide, written in straightforward terms to be accessible to readers of all backgrounds … an absolute ‘must-have’ for anyone considering the practice.”

ANIMAL PEOPLE,

animalpeoplenews.org

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Oct. 29, 2007

“The utilitarian titles and the Future Farmers of America logo on the covers of How To Raise Chickens, How To Raise Cattle, and How To Raise Horses conceal and camouflage a wealth of indications inside about how profoundly animal advocacy is beginning to influence animal agriculture.”

Small Farm Today, July/Oct 2007

”This is a good overall book to encourage people to get into the chicken business … Lots of colored charts cover history, facts and chick lore.”


Backyard Poultry Magazine June/July 2007

“This book is thoroughly modern and comprehensive. It is highly recommended.”

Garden.org, Oct. 27, 2007

“Since tasting rich, flavorful scrambled eggs fresh from an Oregon friend's flock, I hanker to raise a few chickens myself. Christine Heinrichs' How to Raise Chickens - Everything You Need to Know (Voyageur Press, 2007; $19.95) is more than a primer. It's brimming with fascinating history and anecdotes, as well as helpful details – from breed types to caring for chicks to showing your special bird. The photos introduced me to colorful language describing bird varieties: Naked Necks, Ameraucana hen with muffs, Black Breasted Red bantam rooster, large crested Silver Laced Polish pullet, and many more. An enticement for the health conscious: eggs from free-range chickens have considerably more vitamin E, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and half the cholesterol of commercially raised eggs, notes Heinrichs.”

“I had not yet bought Christine Heinrichs’s 2007 book, How to Raise Chickens, a plainspoken guide for people who might not ever have seen a live chicken, which keeps selling more and more copies”.

Susan Orleans, The New Yorker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760328286
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Series: How to Raise... Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Heinrichs is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, Northern California Science Writers Association and Ten Spurs, the honorary society of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. She is the author of How to Raise Chickens and How to Raise Poultry, both of which focus on raising heritage breeds in small flocks. She lives on California’s Central coast with her husband, chickens and cat.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1

Why Keep Chickens?

Chapter 2

Chickens and History

Chapter 3

Breed Types

Chapter 4

Obtaining Stock

Chapter 5

Housing

Chapter 6

Feeding

Chapter 7

Flock Management

Chapter 8

Breeding Programs

Chapter 9

Incubation and Care of Chicks

Chapter 10

Selection and Culling

Chapter 11

Showing

Chapter 12

Health Care

Chapter 13

Avian Influenza

Chapter 14

Legal Aspects

Afterword

Appendix

Resources

Agricultural Organizations

Poultry Organizations

Breeds Conservation

Helpful Books

Helpful Websites

Avian Influenza Resources

Specialty Breed Clubs

Index

About the Author

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