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Living With Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock
     

Living With Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock

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by Jay Rossier
 

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Chickens - why not? Tens of thousands of people in all areas of the country enjoy raising these birds, whether for food or companionship. You can, too, with this indispensable guide. In fact, you may want to read Living with Chickens just for the sheer joy of it.Straightforward prose and dozens of clear, detailed illustrations offer advice on everything from

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Chickens - why not? Tens of thousands of people in all areas of the country enjoy raising these birds, whether for food or companionship. You can, too, with this indispensable guide. In fact, you may want to read Living with Chickens just for the sheer joy of it.Straightforward prose and dozens of clear, detailed illustrations offer advice on everything from choosing the best backyard birds for your needs to suggestions for building a well-ventilated, windowed coop. Throughout the book, Rossier emphasizes that you should be relaxed - there is lots of room for flexibility in this chicken raising business. One of his friends used an old, abandoned car as a chicken house, which worked just fine, and another feeds his birds table scraps. Living with Chickens reveals how easy it is to become a competent "poultryman" at any level. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 224 pages, color photos, b&w photos, illustrations)Jay Rossier is an occasional contributor to Northern Woodlands magazine. In addition to being a husband and a parent, he reads, writes, and looks after various fowls in Vershire, Vermont.The American Poultry Association, was founded in 1873 to help uphold the value of standard-bred poultry and pure breeding The APA supports sanctioned meets at countrywide poultry shows, and publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual yearbook.

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These two new books are targeted at anyone with a couple of acres (and even city dwellers where ordinances permit) who would like to raise a few farm animals for meat, milk, eggs, or simply enjoyment. Both volumes are intended for beginners and are written by nonexperts who nonetheless can offer a great deal of practical information and advice based on their own experiences. Peck-Whiting and her family have dabbled in raising chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, pigs, and cows on their country homestead in the mountains of northern Washington. In Farm Animals, she devotes at least a chapter or two to each of these species while saving the most space for pigs. (She previously wrote Pigs and Other Stories.) The author crams her book with personal anecdotes, enthusiastically sharing the successes and failures of her ventures in a casual, down-to-earth style. While Farm Animals gives readers a relatively quick survey of a variety of livestock and poultry and is best employed as supplemental reading material, Living with Chickens focuses entirely on one species and stands on its own as an excellent introduction to chicken basics for newcomers. Rossier draws heavily on his own experiences raising fowl in Vermont and fits in additional chicken facts as he gives detailed "how-to" advice on housing, hatching, buying, feeding, and butchering. He even includes a chapter on children and chickens. Photographer Hansen (My Life as a Dog) ably captures the essence of chickens at home in various barnyards and other Vermont locations. Both titles are recommended for public libraries. (Index of Living with Chickens not seen.) William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781585744527
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Living With Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.00(d)

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Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kac1962 More than 1 year ago
I bought the book as a gift for a friend who is raising chickens. She says she loves the book at not only a great story, but also as an equally great instructional tool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone curious of the chicken process or anyone looking into having chickens of their own. I was truly amazed at how many different types of chickens there were! I am looking forward to reading this book over and over.
jsphtnnr3920152 More than 1 year ago
Best Book On Chickens Ever.
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I like taking care of chickens.