The Chicken Chick's Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps for Healthy, Happy Hens

The Chicken Chick's Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps for Healthy, Happy Hens

by Kathy Shea Mormino

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Overview


The Chicken Chick's Guide to Backyard Chickens covers all aspects of keeping pet chickens in a beautifully illustrated, no-nonsense format. Kathy addresses everything needed to keep chickens simply, including coops, chick care, breed selection, chicken health, and beyond!

Internationally known as The Chicken Chick, Kathy Shea Mormino brings an informative style and fresh perspective on raising backyard chickens to millions of fans around the world. An attorney by profession, Kathy is the founder and one-woman creative force behind her wildly popular and award-winning Facebook page and blog, The-Chicken-Chick.com.

Now her practical, down-to-earth approach to chicken-keeping is available in book form. Sharing her years of hard-earned experience and collaborations with poultry veterinarians, nutritionists, and professors, she provides simple steps to care for these uncommon pets with confidence. Kathy’s personality permeates the book as she guides newbie, veteran, and would-be backyard chickeneers alike through all aspects of small-flock care—from getting into the hobby to housing, feeding, egg production, health, and much more. The result is accurate information presented in the fun and abundantly illustrated format that Mormino has delivered on her blog for years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760352427
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 189,975
Product dimensions: 8.12(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kathy Shea Mormino is the author of the best-selling The Chicken Chick's Guide to Backyard Chickens. Her background as a litigation attorney, combined with the street-cred she has garnered from sharing personal chickening successes, failures, and gaffes online in real-time make her a relatable, trustworthy adviser readers depend on to deliver the straight dope on all things regarding backyard chicken keeping. Having spent years fighting for the right to keep backyard chickens, Mormino has consistently put her money where her mouth is, educating lawmakers and changing zoning regulations proving that animal welfare and the right to keep chickens responsibly is foremost on her agenda. 

In addition to being a brand ambassador for Tractor Supply Company, Purina Poultry, Vetericyn, Durvet, and Sloggers, Kathy has become the trusted voice in backyard chicken-keeping, frequently sought out by media outlets and publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Associated Press, for her perspective on chickens. She appears on local and national television, radio, and podcasts, and is featured on Discovery’s Destination America reality show Coop Dreams, as well as P. Allen Smith's Garden Home. Kathy lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughters Sophia and MaryKate where she is the personal assistant to 50+ chickens, a rescue cat, and a Yorkie with cattitude. In 2017 she took the plunge into the world of beekeeping.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 First Things First, Why Keep Chickens? 9

2 Housing Essentials, Creating a Healthy, Comfortable Home 17

3 Predators and Pests, Managing the Risks 33

4 Choosing Your Chickens, Select Wisely 43

5 Caring for Chicks, Baby Basics 55

6 Food and Water, Diet Matters 71

7 Health Basics, Part 1, Wellness 87

8 Health Basics, Part 2, Treating Injured and Sick Chickens 101

9 Seasonal Considerations, Predictable Challenges Throughout the Year 121

10 Behavior, Chicken Psychology 101 143

11 Eggs, Not as Simple as We Thought 153

12 Landscape Gardening with Chickens, Secrets to a Beautiful Chicken Yard 169

Glossary 174

Index 176

Acknowledgments & About the Author 179

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