Here is all the information you need to successfully raise chickens — from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops, keeping the birds healthy, and protecting them from predators. This revised third edition contains a new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence, expanded coverage of hobby farming, and up-to-date information on chicken health issues, including avian influenza and fowl first aid.
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About the Author
Gail Damerow has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural know-how in more than a dozen books, including the best-selling Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, The Chicken Encyclopedia, The Chicken Health Handbook, and Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks. Damerow is a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry, Countryside, and Rural Heritage magazines. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, where they operate a family farm with poultry and dairy goats, a sizable garden, and a small orchard.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Chicken-Raising Mentality
1. Choosing the Perfect Chicken
4. Meat Bird Management
5. Butchering Day (and Good Eating to Follow)
6. Layer Management
7. Table Eggs
8. Managing Breeders
9. Incubation and Hatching
10. Chick Care
11. General Management
12. Health Management
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is easy to read with lots of excellent, down-to-earth suggestions for any chicken raiser, whether you've got a couple of hens in the backyard for eggs or a whole flock for show and food. A nice addition to the new edition is information about chicken temperment. Damerow definatly saw that her audience now included more first-time chicken keepers and writes with them in mind in these sections.
If you want to know how to raise chickens, this is the book to get. It's well written and easy to read. Good information that is easy to understand.
I've yet to get my chickens. They're coming, if everything goes as planned, in February 2009. I've had luck with the other Storey books about raising animals, and when I decided I was interested in chickens this is one of a few books I bought. This is the best by far. Everything for the beginner, and probably some stuff experienced flock owners could use. It covers every area of chicken keeping I can think of without being judgmental, as some books are about butchering. Like my headline says.....Worth Reading
This book includes everything a beginner would need to know!! Many people I know have raised chickens for years yet they still learned many things from this book!