Self-Sufficiency: Hen Keeping: Raising Chickens at Home

Self-Sufficiency: Hen Keeping: Raising Chickens at Home

by Mike Hatcher


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Self-sufficiency and organic living have never been more prominent and hen keeping is becoming increasingly popular. This authoritative book provides an introduction to the key aspects of acquiring a self-sufficient lifestyle by keeping your own chickens and benefiting from the produce. You don't need a large garden to keep poultry and an average family only needs a couple of hens to keep them well stocked in fresh eggs all year round. The set-up costs are minimal and you don't need a whole host of expensive gadgets or equipment to care for your chickens. Packed with information on poultry keeping (housing, food and water, daily care, disease prevention and cure, encouraging egg production and breeding), there is also comprehensive information on available breeds and a list of useful resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504800327
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Self-Sufficiency , #7
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

MIKE HATCHER, retired President of the Poultry Club of Great Britain, has a lifetime’s experience in keeping poultry. He began his career in commercial poultry and later crossed into pure breeds. He holds a qualification in Poultry Husbandry from the Lancashire College of Agriculture. He has judged in the UK, USA, Canada and Holland, and writes for various poultry magazines. He has worked with DEFRA to reduce the impact of avian influenza on small poultry keepers.

Table of Contents

The basics 6

The rewards of hen keeping 8

Where you live 9

Types of birds 10

Choosing your birds 10

Getting set up 13

Housing requirements 15

Chicken feed 24

Bringing your birds home 33

Growing stock 38

Essential routines 40

The magical moult 46

Winterizing your birds 48

The benefits of second-year birds 49

The end of laying life 50

Breeding your own 52

Producing your own stock 55

Pests and how to treat them 59

Diseases 62

Less common problems 65

Finding a vet 68

Chickens and other household pets 68

Taking a holiday 69

Exhibiting your birds 71

Poultry breeds 74

Heavy breeds 77

Light breeds 94

Bantam breeds 115

Hybrids 119

Egg production table 121

FAQs 122

Glossary 124

Useful contacts/Acknowledgements 126

Index 127

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