Raising Chickens For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard!

Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and proper feeding. Raising Chickens For Dummies provides authoritative, detailed information to make raising chickens for ...

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Raising Chickens For Dummies

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Overview

Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard!

Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and proper feeding. Raising Chickens For Dummies provides authoritative, detailed information to make raising chickens for eggs, meat, or backyard entertainment that much easier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470573327
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/8/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 83,568
  • File size: 3 MB

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.

    6 out of 6 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.

    4 out of 4 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.

    3 out of 3 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    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.

    2 out of 4 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!

    2 out of 2 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 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Great book

    Told me everything I needed to know.

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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 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 13, 2013

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    0 out of 3 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 3 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 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    KT's review

    This helped us recognize our flaws in the coop we made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Piper's Review

    I really loved this book. My family lives on a small, 4 acre farm in Higganum, CT. Njok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Good book

    I love CHICKENSas pets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Huh?

    Raising chickens? Really?

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    Highly highly recommend it

    I have read it twice. Ordered my chicks today. Also joined the online backyard chickens web site. This book and those chicken people are all you need to a happy and sucessful adventure into chickendom....mercedsoup

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    I liked it

    I liked it becuase the book could give you facts and advice.And did you know if you got hens that lay eggs,they are heathier than store bought eggs

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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