The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook: Raising a Healthy Flock from Start to Finish

The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook: Raising a Healthy Flock from Start to Finish


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The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook is the modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying the noblest animal on the farm—the chicken. From the rooster’s crow in the morning, to the warm egg in the nesting box, chickens are the gateway livestock for almost every homesteader and backyard farm enthusiast. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about raising chickens naturally. Fewell guides you in:
·understanding why chickens do what they do
·creating your very own poultry or egg business
·preventing and treating ailments with herbal remedies
·setting up your property, coop, and brooder
·hatching chicks
·purchasing chickens properly
·cooking delicious recipes with your farm fresh eggs and poultry.

This is heritage chicken keeping skills 101, with a modern twist. Not only will you gain knowledge about naturally keeping chickens through every stage of their lives, but you’ll fully embrace the joy and ease of raising all-natural chickens on your homestead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493037391
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 211,124
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amy Fewell is the author of The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion and founder of The Fewell Homestead blog and website ( She’s a writer, photographer, and the mastermind behind the annual Homesteaders of America conference. She lives in Rixeyville, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joel Sabatin ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The New Chicken Keeper xvii

Chapter 1 Chicken History and Terminology 1

Chapter 2 Chicken Characteristics and Breeds 15

Part 2 Hatching: Purchasing, and Raising Chicks 31

Chapter 3 Hatching and Purchasing Chicks 33

Chapter 4 Raising Chicks Naturally 55

Chapter 5 A Broody Hen and Her Chicks 69

Part 3 Raising a Healthy Flock 81

Chapter 6 Feed and Diet 83

Chapter 7 Coops, Chicken Maintenance, and More 103

Chapter 8 Using Herbs in Feed and on Pasture 113

Chapter 9 Preventing and Treating Common Chicken Health Issues 129

Chapter 10 Herbal Treats and Medicinal Products for Chickens 151

Part 4 Georious Egg Layers 165

Chapter 11 The Incredible Egg and Egg Layer 167

Part 5 The Chicken Business 177

Chapter 12 The Egg Sale Business 177

Chapter 13 The Chicken Breeding Business 185

Part 6 A Family That Gathers Together 191

Chapter 14 Involving Your Family on the Farm and in the Kitchen 193

Afterword 210

Tools and Resources 212

Further Learning and References 214

Index 216

About the Author 221

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