My Pet Chicken Handbook: Sensible Advice and Savvy Answers for Raising Backyard Chickens

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The backyard chicken is the new "it" pet—and with good reason: These birds are personable, beautiful, and (mostly) low maintenance. But they’re not without their quirks and sometimes puzzling behaviors.

That’s where the experts at MyPetChicken.com have a beak up on the competition—they hear from chicken keepers daily and offer advice about common mistakes and pitfalls that occur when raising a flock of chickens in the backyard. And customers tell them that the advice they most ...

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Overview

The backyard chicken is the new "it" pet—and with good reason: These birds are personable, beautiful, and (mostly) low maintenance. But they’re not without their quirks and sometimes puzzling behaviors.

That’s where the experts at MyPetChicken.com have a beak up on the competition—they hear from chicken keepers daily and offer advice about common mistakes and pitfalls that occur when raising a flock of chickens in the backyard. And customers tell them that the advice they most appreciate is actually how not to raise chickens, what not to do, and why not to panic.

The handbook helps potential chicken owners decide whether chicken keeping is right for them, how to make the best choices for their situations, how to start planning for the new pets, and—most importantly—how to head off potential trouble before the chicks arrive. Detailed care instructions for baby chicks and mature hens help to ensure a friendly and enjoyable flock. Covering both the good and the "oh no" experiences that beginners and avid backyard farmers experience, topics include choosing coops, planning a daily routine, learning about sanitation practices, and discovering signs of distress. Then the joy of chicken keeping comes full "ovoid" with 50 recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring the incredible and versatile egg, from homemade egg noodles and sesame mayonnaise to a vegetable frittata and caramel custard.

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"An informative insider’s guide…My Pet Chicken Handbook teaches just about everything you need to know to manage your own flock."—LA TIMES "If you're thinking of raising chickens in your backyard...The My Pet Chicken Handbook is filled with invaluable information about this enjoyable past time."—THE MARTHA BLOG "It's filled with sensible advice and savvy answers for raising backyard chickens. Thank you Traci! I can't read enough about this subject."—THE MARTHA BLOG
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623360016
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 161,114
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

LISSA LUCAS is a marketing communication specialist and head writer for My Pet Chicken, as well as a devoted chicken keeper. She lives in Cairo, WV.

TRACI TORRES launched MyPetChicken.com in 2005, and the Web site continues to be the go-to resource for backyard and urban chicken information and advice. The site recorded 30 million page views in 2012 and now carries more than 500 chicken-related products. Torres lives in Monroe, CT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Amazing BOOK!!

    Most books only cover the aspect of raising chickens as meat products or for egg production, but this book was a gentle approach to keeping our feathered chicken friends as pets. We have 10 chicks we are ordering from this site, and I just wanted to say....BEST SITE EVER. You can order as few as 3 chicks which is great for pets. Lots of cool info too. This is the ONLY book you need that has lots of info and is not too overwhelming or for those who wish to raise 'meat birds'. If you are going to get pet chickens...GET THIS BOOK!

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