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Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows you what to do next. In this hands-on, easy-to-use guidebook, longtime chicken breeder and poultry expert Christine Heinrichs tells you everything you need to know to raise chickens in your backyard—from laying out the yard and designing a coop to choosing breeds, caring for chicks, egging, sexing, and butchering. Whether you’re interested in rare breeds or the garden variety; whether you want to show your chickens or serve them, this brightly illustrated, clearly written guide will prove an indispensable resource.
About the Author
Christine Heinrichs is the publicity director for the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities. She is a rare-breeds advisor to numerous zoos, museums, and living-history farms and works closely with the Poultry Press monthly newspaper. Heinrichs and her brood make their home in Madison, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
Why Keep Chickens?
Chickens and History
Incubation and Care of Chicks
Selection and Culling
Avian Influenza Resources
Specialty Breed Clubs
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
The Country Today (Eau Claire, WI), March 28, 2007
“No matter if you’re a neophyte in animal ownership or a seasoned farmer with years of experience, you’ll learn something in these ‘how-to’ books. Best of all, they are approved by the FFA, which means you can feel good about handing them to your future farmer.”
Midwest Book Review, April 2007
“How to Raise Chickens is a comprehensive manual for novice and experienced chicken raisers … an all-inclusive guide, written in straightforward terms to be accessible to readers of all backgrounds … an absolute ‘must-have’ for anyone considering the practice.”
Backyard Poultry Magazine June/July 2007
“This book is thoroughly modern and comprehensive. It is highly recommended.”
Garden.org, Oct. 27, 2007
“Since tasting rich, flavorful scrambled eggs fresh from an Oregon friend's flock, I hanker to raise a few chickens myself. Christine Heinrichs' How to Raise Chickens - Everything You Need to Know (Voyageur Press, 2007; $19.95) is more than a primer. It's brimming with fascinating history and anecdotes, as well as helpful details – from breed types to caring for chicks to showing your special bird. The photos introduced me to colorful language describing bird varieties: Naked Necks, Ameraucana hen with muffs, Black Breasted Red bantam rooster, large crested Silver Laced Polish pullet, and many more. An enticement for the health conscious: eggs from free-range chickens have considerably more vitamin E, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and half the cholesterol of commercially raised eggs, notes Heinrichs.”
ANIMAL PEOPLE, animalpeoplenews.org, Oct. 29, 2007
“The utilitarian titles and the Future Farmers of America logo on the covers of How To Raise Chickens, How To Raise Cattle, and How To Raise Horses conceal and camouflage a wealth of indications inside about how profoundly animal advocacy is beginning to influence animal agriculture.”
Small Farm Today, July/Oct 2007
”This is a good overall book to encourage people to get into the chicken business … Lots of colored charts cover history, facts and chick lore.”
“I had not yet bought Christine Heinrichs’s 2007 book, How to Raise Chickens, a plainspoken guide for people who might not ever have seen a live chicken, which keeps selling more and more copies”.
Susan Orleans, The New Yorker