Keeping Pet Chickens: Bring Your Garden to Life and Enjoy the Bounty of Fresh Eggs from Your Own Small Flock of Happy Hens

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When fresh eggs are needed for the kitchen, what could be better than going out to the back yard and collecting them, courtesy of home-bred chickens? Food simply doesn't come any fresher, and the good news is that keeping two or three chickens is quite easy. They don't require farmland or much special equipment, and today's modern chicken houses are designed so that anyone with even a little backyard space can keep chickens. The authors of this enlightening new book offer essential advice, provide the basic, ...
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Overview


When fresh eggs are needed for the kitchen, what could be better than going out to the back yard and collecting them, courtesy of home-bred chickens? Food simply doesn't come any fresher, and the good news is that keeping two or three chickens is quite easy. They don't require farmland or much special equipment, and today's modern chicken houses are designed so that anyone with even a little backyard space can keep chickens. The authors of this enlightening new book offer essential advice, provide the basic, easy-to-follow chicken-raising facts, and present their information in clear jargon-free text. Keeping Pet Chickens is arranged as a series of clearly-captioned pictorial spreads, each of which focuses on a particular topic of importance to chicken owners. Topics covered include pure breeds and hybrid chicken varieties, maintaining daily routines, catching and handling hens, keeping chickens in good health, and much more. Sidebars on every two-page spread present additional information and fascinating facts about chickens and chicken raising. Approximately 100 color photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764132629
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,412,425
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 5.82 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Johannes Paul and William Windham are co-founders of Omlet, a U.K.-based company that designs and produces small, efficient chicken houses for chicken keepers.

Joe Stahlkuppe is an expert and writer on animal care, and is the author of several of Barron's Pet Owner's Manual titles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Basic Anatomy 8
Pure Breeds 12
Crossbreed Varieties 18
Bantams 22
Traditional Chicken Houses 26
A 21st-Century Chicken House 30
The Run 32
Food and Water 34
Preparing Your Backyard 36
Buying a Chicken 38
The First Day at Home 40
Eggs 42
Chickens' Daily Routine 44
Seasonal Tips 46
Keeping Things Clean 48
How to Handle a Chicken 50
Chicken Behavior 52
Making a Health Check 54
Health Care 56
Raising Chickens 58
Glossary 60
Index 62
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