Finally backyard farmers who want to keep a few hens for eggs have a bible that's attractive enough to leave out on the coffee table, and inexpensive enough to purchase on a whim. This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them. With this in mind, farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising the birdsgeneral biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so onand she cuts through the smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultry farmers and consumers.
No chicken book would be complete without information on how to show chickens for prizes, and this is no different, but The Joy of Keeping Chickens also stresses the importance of self-sustainability and organic living, and the satisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive nature of this readable, informative guide, and Megyesi's enthusiasm about keeping chickens. Coupled with Geoff Hansen's gorgeous full-color photographs, this text makes for an instant classic in the category.
About the Author
Geoff Hansen is a photographer and editor at the Valley News in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He has published in Newsweek, USA Today, and The New York Times. He lives in Tunbridge, Vermont, with his wife, daughter, and two beagles.
Table of Contents
1 Why Keep Chickens 12
2 Starting Your Poultry Enterprise 26
3 Housing Chickens 68
4 Feeding Your Chickens 98
5 Keeping Chickens for Eggs 114
6 Keeping Chickens for Meat 134
7 Using the Eggs You Produce 156
8 Using Your Chicken Meat 184
9 Showing Chickens 200
10 Flock Health: Common Illnesses, Conditions, and Diseases 212
Appendix 1 Bibliography 245
Appendix 2 Poultry Organizations and Clubs 247
Appendix 3 State Resources 251
Appendix 4 Poultry Hatcheries and Supplies 257
Appendix 5 Recommended Reading 261
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
But not extraordinarily informative. Also the charts for breeds in the nook version doesn't enlarge so you can't read it.
It was very clear and easy to read. Also, it was full of lots of practical information organized in a clear, and easy to understand fashion. Full of photos printed on semi-glossy paper. The best book on the subject in my opinion, at least for a beginner.
This is a good book, but does not have as detailed information as 'Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens.' The color pictures are beautiful. I'd get it simply for the pictures. It's a good starter book because it's not too much information. After you read it you will know enough to idenfify the details you will probably want to find elsewhere.