Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted. The answer is chickens-endearing birds that require but a modest outlay of time, space and food.
As they learned to raise chickens, Gail Damerow and Rick Luttmann came to realize the need for a comprehensive but clear and nontechnical guide. Their book covers all the basics in a light and entertaining style, from housing and feeding through incubating, bringing up chicks, butchering, and raising chickens for show.
Throughout Chickens in Your Backyard, Gail and Rick express their wonder at the personalities of chickens-the role of brash protector played by roosters, and the instinctive motherliness of the hens. Given some freedom and attention, these birds can become much more than the egg-and-meat machines of commercial hatcheries and broiler factories. Chickens provide backyard farmers with enjoyable pastime, as well as a supply of good food.
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About the Author
Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food, make their own yogurt and ice cream, and bake their own bread. Gail has written extensively on raising livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural skills. She shares her experience and knowledge as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines, as an occasional contributor to numerous other periodicals, and as the author or contributor to more than a dozen country skills how-to books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've enjoyed reading this book and using it as a reference. I am new to having chickens in my backyard and have found this book to be an easy to read, handy resource as a quick reference. It is a great starter book that answers general questions.
This is a great book to help you decide if you want to raise chickens on a small scale, and it could easily be the only book you need. It is easy to read and illustrated with nice b&w line drawings. It was written in the 70's and has not been updated except for a new cover photo of a girl holding a hen, but chickens haven't changed much. Other books: For colorful photos and more ideas, try Keeping Chickens by Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis. This gives a more British/European view and is easier for kids to read. For more than you ever wanted to know about what can go wrong, try The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow. For in-depth chicken instruction, try Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, also by Gail Damerow.
A Great read for anyone considering raising chickens or even just interested in chicken basics. Contains a glossary of basic chicken terms, some plans for coops, information on chicks, eggs, meat, diseases and a lot more. Well written and organized with plenty of humor thrown in. A fun read!
This is a great book. The humor is a nice way to introduce the topic. I might wait until I can convince my wife that I will be responsible for the chickens :). The authors cover the whole gamut. My thanks to them for making the read informative and exciting. I read the whole book in just one day.