Raising Chickens For Dummies

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Your hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods

Thinking about raising chickens? You've come to the right place!This new edition of Raising Chickens For Dummies providesthe most up-to-date, thorough information on the many aspects ofkeeping chickens in your backyard. Inside, you'll find hands-on,easy-to-follow instructions on choosing and purchasing chickens,constructing housing for your birds, feeding your chickens foroptimal health, ...

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Overview

Your hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods

Thinking about raising chickens? You've come to the right place!This new edition of Raising Chickens For Dummies providesthe most up-to-date, thorough information on the many aspects ofkeeping chickens in your backyard. Inside, you'll find hands-on,easy-to-follow instructions on choosing and purchasing chickens,constructing housing for your birds, feeding your chickens foroptimal health, combating laying issues, controlling pests andpredators, optimizing egg production, and much more.

Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular—andgrowing—pastime. If you're interested in keeping chickens aspets or as a source for eggs, Raising Chickens For Dummiesgives you plain-English explanations of everything you need to knowto about caring for chickens. Inside, you'll learn about basicchicken biology, breeds, and behavior, which chicken breed is bestfor you, how many you need, ways to spot healthy chickens, how tobuild a chicken coop, best practices for mating your chickens, howto incubate eggs, how to hatch and nurture chicks, manage layinghens, collect and store eggs, and butcher meat birds.

  • Offers practical advice on choosing and purchasingchickens
  • Helps you construct the right housing for your chickens
  • Provides tips on feeding and caring for your chickens
  • Includes top tips for raising healthy chickens

Whether you're a first-time poulterer or you've been raisingchickens for years, this comprehensive guideprovides practicalhow-to advice for keeping chickens in virtually any backyard.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470465448
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 382,695
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Willis has raised poultry for more than 30 years. She currently keeps a flock of laying hens and Bourbon Red turkeys on her small farm and works at an MSU county Extension office in Michigan. Rob Ludlow runs BackYardChickens.com, the leading chicken-raising information resource on the Web. Rob and his family raise a small flock in their San Francisco Bay-area backyard.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Choosing Chickens.

Chapter 1: The Joy of Chickens.

Chapter 2: Basic Chicken Biology and Behavior.

Chapter 3: A Chicken Isn’t Just a Chicken:Your Guide to Breeds.

Chapter 4: Buying Chickens.

Part II: Housing Your Flock.

Chapter 5: Choosing Your Housing Type.

Chapter 6: Designing and Constructing a Coop.

Chapter 7: Coop, Sweet Coop: Furnishing and Housekeeping.

Part III: Caring for Your Flock: General Management.

Chapter 8: Feeding Your Flock.

Chapter 9: Controlling Pests and Predators.

Chapter 10: Keeping Your Flock Happy and Healthy.

Chapter 11: Handling Health Problems.

Part IV: Breeding: From Chicken to Egg and Back Again.

Chapter 12: Mating Your Chickens.

Chapter 13: Incubating Eggs and Hatching Chicks.

Chapter 14: Raising Chicks.

Part V: Special Management Considerations.

Chapter 15: Managing Layers and Collecting Eggs.

Chapter 16: Raising and Butchering Meat Birds.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: More than Ten Tips for Keeping Healthy, Stress-Free Chickens.

Chapter 18: More than Ten Misconceptions about Chickens, Eggs, and So On.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    A "How To" written by people who know how

    This book is a simple all inclusive book on raising your own chickens. It takes everything you need to know and puts it in one place and keeps it easy to understand. You can tell by reading that it was written by people who love chickens and want to share the enjoyment with others. I did a lot of looking online, but this was the only guide that I was convinced that I needed to buy, and I'm glad that I did.
    If you're looking to start your own chicken family, then this book is a must have!
    Don't forget to check out backyardchickens.com while you're at it.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    Great Book!

    I got this book because I started raising 8 chickens. Best thing I ever did! Very well put together and lots of good, helpful information. I read this book from end to end and had all my questions and concerns addressed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about raising chickens and those who are raising chickens.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Very Insightful

    After attending a class on raising chickens in your backyard, i wanted more information before starting my flock. I looked at all of the books on the shelf and decided that Raising Chickens was the best fit.

    The book has been very informative in helping with my brooder, building a hen house and yard. Helping me decide on which breeds would work with my area, needs, and family.

    Now that I have my chicks, my book is very dog-eared on the pages that help me to understand their needs, and how they are growing.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of starting a flock.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    Really great reference book!

    This book is well-written, well-organized, and very useful for anyone with backyard chickens. There are simple, straight-forwards lists or what to do and what not to do.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

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    Some Errors

    I have read most of this book and I have found some parts that state some incorrect facts that could harm a first time chicken raiser. Such facts that I found was that they stated several times that you raise the fast growing broilers for 15 weeks when they are in fact only supposed to be raised for 6-8 and you would have lots of losses from this. Even though I have only had chickens for under a year I know this and all of the hatcheries state this so this is a big error.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    Great book for chicken keepers!

    The "for Dummies" books never disappoint, and this one is no exception. The book is easy and fun to read and touches on every subject chicken related. I bought a couple of other chicken raising books, but this one is far superior!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    good reference for people who are starting to raise chickens

    Great reference book. We raise chickens for a hobby & this is the perfect book for us. Lots of answers for people just starting out raising chickens/hens.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    I thought this book was wonderful. Very informative and helpful

    I thought this book was wonderful. Very informative and helpful. It is great for reference when questions come up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2010

    wonderful and informative book, I am constantly picking it up and referring to it , I love it

    I love this book and have used it alot since I purchased it. It really comes in handy.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    Everything you ever wanted to know about raising chickens is in this book!

    I bought this book after reading a number of other books on raising chickens at the library, and I think this is one of the most comprehensive complete books on the subject for people who want to have a small flock of hens for eggs. The information would also serve those with large flocks. Someone who didn't know anything about chickens could become proficient and competent to have a flock of their own after reading this book, and it is easy to refer to different sections if you have a certain question later on. The information is accurate and up to date, love the sections of behaviour, breeds and disease, injury and cures. Good all-round book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

    Great Book For ANYONE That Has Chickens!!

    This book was one of the best that i've read for raising chickens! Its written is such a way that anyone can benefit from it. From the simple back yard flock owner, on up..
    Its format is simple and easy to follow.. and it answers just about every question that flock owners may have.
    I highly recommend this book for those that have a flock or even those just looking to do some research on chicken ownership and care before getting them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Best Authoritative all purpose poultry resource available

    This book is a collaboration of years of research and compilation of facts and knowledge. This is the one stop everything in one spot book. If you don't find it here go to www.backyardchickens.com and find the info on the website but this booklet has it all!!

    From the beginning to the end, this book has simple(for everyone) information. It is very well written and has excellent examples,pictures and information links.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

    A book that fanciers of all levels will find useful

    I'm not a total novice when it comes to chickens, but sometimes it seems that I can get so caught up in advanced details and the sophistication of a subject, specifically regarding the breeding, genetics and the showing of chickens, that I forget about the nuts and bolts issues. The only thing that can come of that is my chickens suffer for it. I found that "Raising Chickens for Dummies" not only filled in many missing pieces regarding the general care of chickens including feeding, health, housing and protection, but it was full of information that folks at all levels of the fancy would find useful and/or interesting. As with all of the "for Dummies" manuals, it's written in an entertaining, funny style, an easy quick read, and a great book to have in your reference library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    Everything you need to know about chickens!

    At last! An entertaining and informative book about the fast-growing hobby of 'backyard chickens' --
    This book tells you everything you need to know -- wish I'd had it years ago!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    In Tough Times ,yes you can raise those chickens!!!!

    This the best informative book that i ever read in a long time.So very interesting aswell..The authors of this book tell it all ,laying all the facts on the line about everything one needs to know about rasing chickens,to important issues where your town ship boards stands on letting you raise chickens..This is a must have book to read before getting your baby chickens...i really enjoyed this book !! A big thank you to the authors for the book..i really enjoyed reading it..excellent book to give as a holiday gift!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Great book

    Told me everything I needed to know.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Chicken breeds (MUST READ FOR THOSE PLANNING TO GET CHICKENS)

    My top 5 favorite chicken breeds 5. Faverolle 4. Orpington 3. Sussex 2. Silkie 1. Australorp NOTE: Silkies are not very good layers of eggs but are great pets and are cute and fluffy. Australorps are true queens of the nesting box and the average australorp hen lays about 300 eggs a year. All of the breeds on this list can be bought at Murray McMurray hatchery. Murray McMurray hatchery's birds that they sell all are quality chickens, so it is a good idea to buy from them. Their birds are sold as chicks. All of the breeds on the list are friendly and quiet. Check these breeds out!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Hahahahahahahaha

    I dont even want to read the book. The title says enough. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Raising chickens

    Dont they are annoying and smelly

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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