Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock
Have you heard the news: chickens have left the farm and made themselves at home in neighborhoods everywhere! For anyone ready to put their eggs in this basket, here is the perfect beginner’s guide to raising chickens, with information on choosing a breed, acquiring the chicks, and housing, feeding, and caring for them. Plus, it provides the lowdown on eggs, including “egg”celent recipes, and profiles of people who have taken on the chicken-rearing challenge. Includes two projects with exploded woodworking illustrations and photos: a simple nesting box and a wildly creative mobile chicken tractor.
A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Best Breeds, Creating a Home, Care and Handling, Outdoor Fun, Crafts and Treats
Chickens make wonderful pets, and Melissa Caughey provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have lots of fun doing it. Covering everything from feeding, housing, and collecting eggs to quirky behaviors and humane treatment, Caughey’s engaging advice helps children understand the best ways to care for their chickens. Spark enthusiasm with creative activities like chicken forts and a veggie piñata for the flock, and feed more than the imagination with egg-centric dishes like Mexican egg pizza.
Susan Orlean once wrote raising chickens was a "do-it-yourself hobby at a moment when doing things yourself was newly appreciated as a declaration of self-sufficiency, a celebration of hand-work, a push-back from a numbing and disconnected big-box life." Many of us long for a renewed connection with the earth and greater control over our food. One might even say we long for a more Zen existence. Chickens, in their simple scratches and pecks, call us back to our true nature. "The Way of the Hen "explores the entertaining, rewarding, and--yes--enlightening art of raising chickens in an urban or suburban backyard. It examines why keeping chickens has become so popular as it addresses environmental issues, the locovore movement, and a shift in the way we want to live. How to fit hen-keeping into a busy lifestyle? Find out in "The Way of the Hen."
Whether it's moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city- living a little simpler and easier, the "Green" movement is changing the way we live our day- to-day lives. Skyhorse's Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to help-offering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. This is a beautifully illustrated series made even more beautiful, because its goal is to help everyone live in a more earth-friendly fashion. This handbook provides an introduction to some of the key aspects of raising chickens. You don't need a large space to raise and keep chickens, and most families find that they only need a couple of hens to keep them stocked with fresh eggs year-round. Packed full of information on the basic housing costs and requirements, food and water requirements, disease prevention, and breeding-this book also includes a comprehensive section on the breeds available, their specific requirements, and a list of resources.
Raising Chickens : Step-By-Step to learn everything you need to know in 20 minutes (Keeping, Caring & Setting Up a Chicken Home, Feeding, Building a ... Chicken's Trust) (Pet Animal) (Volume 1)
Have you always wanted an adorable, feathery pet that you can keep at home? A pet chick will be a sweet companion and a lifelong friend that you’ll love having near you. Chicks are cute, cuddly and very active, and can light up the day with their fun antics and adorable activities. However, they’re really sensitive and delicate when they are young, so you have to be very careful in their care, feed and housing. This guide has all the information on how you can raise a chick; right after they have hatched to the time they are a fully-grown chicken or rooster! From finding the perfect name, selecting the best cage to choosing the right diet and activities for your chick friend, we have compiled all the information in a step-by-step, easy to read format! Happy raising!
Ever wondered about owning your own flock of chickens? Have you considered raising backyard chickens, but don’t know where to start? If so, then this is your go-to-guide. Having your own flock of chickens can be a rewarding experience both for you, and your family. Chickens are easy to care for and bring tons of enjoyment to your backyard. In this simple guide, you will find all the information you need to get started with your flock including: • Choosing Which Breeds To Get • How To Raising Your Own Chicks • Caring For Your Chickens • How To Keep A Happy And Healthy Flock • What To Feed Them • What NOT To Feed Them • And Much More.. This comprehensive ebook will help answer the most common questions regarding raising chickens and is designed to provide you with everything you need to know to get started. Scroll Up And Grab Your Copy Today!
As the popularity of urban homesteading and sustainable living increases, it's no wonder you're in need of trusted, practical guidance on how to properly house the chickens you're planning (or have already begun) to keep. "Building Chicken Coops For Dummies" gives you the information you need to build the most cost-efficient, safe, and easy-on-the-eye enclosures for your backyard flock. This practical guide gives you easy-to-follow and customizable plans for building the backyard chicken coop that works best for you. You'll get the basic construction know-how and key information you need to design and build a coop tailored to your flock, whether you live in a small city loft, a suburban backyard, or a small rural farm. Includes detailed material lists, instructions, and schematic plans for building a host of different chicken coops Step-by-step guidance on how to build a coop--or design your own Accessible for every level of reader Whether you're just beginning to gain an interest in a back-to-basics lifestyle or looking to add more attractive and efficient coops to your current flock's digs, "Building Chicken Coops For Dummies" gives you everything you need to build a winning coop
Keeping chickens--even for city dwellers is a trend that just keeps on growing. With this book, today's modern farmer will find plans and construction techniques for making seven different chicken coops, fun chicken facts, and recipes for eggs. Experienced farmer, woodworker, and author Chris Gleason's hip eye for design, combined with sound woodworking techniques make the coops both attractive and sturdy. Practical information such as how to properly size a coop and how to source reclaimed materials is included. Don't miss the authors "tour de coop" where he visits coops from other backyard farmers to find out why they keep chickens and what lessons they have to share with others interested in doing so.
Forward ByDr. Allen Pestion, DVMI first met Steven Koopes about 20 years ago when he brought to my office a Leghorn Chicken that needed medical care. Since then, Steven and I have had many visits together; some were on a professional level that required my Avian Veterinary skills and other were on a personal level. During our visits, Steven has continually to impress me with his enormous amount of knowledge about chickens. Without a doubt, I consider Steven to be an expert on how to give the correct care needed to provide a high quality of life for these creatures. I have encouraged Steven to take his prodigious amount of knowledge and put this information into a book so that others may benefit from it. Now, Steven has finally done this by writing the book “Chickens Complete A to Z Care Guide”. I have read Steven’s book and it is my pleasure and responsibility to strongly recommend this outstanding, substantial book to anyone that’s either new to the chicken world or even has been a long time owner. Steven’s book is immensely filled with ‘Spot On’ information about their total care taking needs. This is a must read book! I could not be more proud of my long time friend, Steven Koopes, and all that he has done for these extraordinary, beautiful creatures.Dr. Allen Pestion, DVM
Chickens are the hottest new backyard "pet" It seems that every Tom, Dick, and Susan wants to raise chickens in his or her backyard, whether that yard is one square foot or one hundred. There's nothing more local than an egg freshly laid right in your own yard. But what should you expect when you're adopting a couple of day-old chicks? In "Chick Days," Jenna Woginrich, award-winning author of "Made from Scratch," the homesteading memoir for the twenty-something generation, offers a highly entertaining and informative photographic guide for today's fledgling chick parent. Fun for the complete newbie and for families with young children, " Chick Days" chronicles the journey of three chickens from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to grown hens laying eggs. Day by day and week by week, readers watch the three starring chickens grow and change, learning about chicken behavior, feeding requirements, housing, hygiene, and health-care essentials, and fun facts on all things poultry. As Jenna herself says, "Chickens are more than 12-piece buckets, country diner kitsch, and egg whites. They're your backyard ambassadors to healthier eating and basic husbandry. Keeping chickens is a crash course in local eating. When you start collecting eggs you'll be eating so local you'll know the amount of cracked corn in the feeder at ground zero of your breakfast . . . " Jenna's witty commentary is accompanied by the photography of Mars Vilaubi, who raised the three chickens himself, along with his wife and son. Their accompanying "chick diary" notes particular things this family learned and did along the way to make chicken raising fun. Presenting just the essential information in a highly visual and inviting format, "Chick Days "makes every stage of chicken life fun, entertaining, and, most of all, doable. It's sure to give any chicken lover or wannabe owner the confidence and enthusiasm to join the flock
Raising Chickens For Meat And Eggs: Homesteading Animals - Includes Tasty Chicken Recipes For The Slow Cooker!
Raising Chickens could be considered as a quintessential part of living on a homestead, or living a self-sustainable lifestyle. Whether you are rearing hens for eggs or meat – or even just for company, this introduction to raising chickens offers all the information you will need to get started.Over 70 pages crammed with information on homesteading essentials such as the following, will ensure of a good grounding in self-sufficiency and rearing animals on your homestead or even backyard.1. A glossary of 30 terms relating to the keeping of poultry, that will ensure you of a basic understanding as to what it is all about.2. Keeping chickens for eggs or meat? This is a list of ten of the most popular chicken breeds along with a brief description of the birds and whether they are most suitable for egg production or for the meat.3. Should you have a static chicken coop, or a chicken tractor – and what is the difference anyway? This is a simple look at what your chicken shed requirements may be, and how to choose the best hut for your hens.4. Chicken feed – so often used to describe my pay! Joking apart, this section will show you what to feed your poultry during the different stages of growth, from baby chick ,to point-of-lay pullet, to full production egg-laying chicken.5. Dressing Your Chicken. No this is not to do with the latest clothes they must wear! For those interested in keeping poultry for meat, this is all about how to dispatch your chicken humanely and how to prepare the bird for the table – complete with pictures to help illustrate.6. Last but by no means least – ten top chicken recipes to get your taste buds flowing! Courtesy of F. A. Paris’s book ‘Fantastic Chicken’, available on Amazon kindle books.
With more and more city dwellers and suburbanites embracing the notion of getting back to basics and living simpler, more rustic lives, it’s no surprise that the popularity of backyard chicken keeping has skyrocketed in recent years. Whether for enjoyment as pets or for the convenience of farm-fresh eggs right outside your door, chicken keeping can be an easy and fun step on the road to more sustainable, ecologically friendly living.Written by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart, The Suburban Chicken shares the author’s knowledge on general chicken husbandry, profiles of 20 suitable breeds for suburban living, how to provide your birds with optimal accommodations, and the healthcare needs of chickens, among other important topics about which prospective chicken owners should be familiar.INSIDE SUBURBAN CHICKEN:The benefits and enjoyment of keeping chickens as pets.Considerations for would-be chicken keepers, including local ordinances, space requirements, initial and ongoing expenses, and preparing the home and family.Favorite standard-size, bantam, and egg-laying breeds for metropolitan and family living.Hatching eggs and raising chicks.Coop styles and descriptions of all equipment that a budding chicken keeper needs, as well as a chapter dedicated to keeping chickens safe from predators. Preventive care and optimal diets for healthy, hardy birds. Raising chickens for eggs: the science behind egg production, how to properly handle and store fresh eggs, and the differences between store-bought and homegrown eggs, as well as some exciting recipes for your bounty.
This is a solid, practical, everything-you-need-to-know guide to keeping chickens for people who are as interested in them as pets as they are in eggs and other poultry produce. It reveals how, as well as being useful, chickens are interesting and colourful characters that can enliven any garden. They become very tame and make good companions. It includes chapters on using feathers and eggs in art and craft projects, as well as delicious egg recipes. It fuses contemporary design, imaginative and appealing images and lively, authoritative text to ensure the widest possible interest.
Your hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods Thinking about raising chickens? You've come to the right place! This new edition of Raising Chickens For Dummies provides the most up-to-date, thorough information on the many aspects of keeping chickens in your backyard. Inside, you'll find hands-on, easy-to-follow instructions on choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing for your birds, feeding your chickens for optimal health, combating laying issues, controlling pests and predators, optimizing egg production, and much more. Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular—and growing—pastime. If you're interested in keeping chickens as pets or as a source for eggs, Raising Chickens For Dummies gives you plain-English explanations of everything you need to know to about caring for chickens. Inside, you'll learn about basic chicken biology, breeds, and behavior, which chicken breed is best for you, how many you need, ways to spot healthy chickens, how to build a chicken coop, best practices for mating your chickens, how to incubate eggs, how to hatch and nurture chicks, manage laying hens, collect and store eggs, and butcher meat birds. Offers practical advice on choosing and purchasing chickens Helps you construct the right housing for your chickens Provides tips on feeding and caring for your chickens Includes top tips for raising healthy chickens Whether you're a first-time poulterer or you've been raising chickens for years, this comprehensive guideprovides practical how-to advice for keeping chickens in virtually any backyard.
Pam Percy provides a colorful, egg-straordinarily entertaining account of chicken history; breeds; the world of chicken collectibles; and the chicken's role in art, pop culture, myth, legend, religion, and folklore. The lighthearted yet informative text is complemented by delightful illustrations and photographs. Whether you've been a longtime fan of chickens or have recently become fascinated by these captivating creatures, you'll find something to crow about in "The Complete Chicken."
Everywhere, it seems--from urban backyards to latter-day gentleman's farms in the country--chickens have become a passion for those who love animals, feel strongly about consuming locally, and/or find conventional mechanized alarm clocks somehow insufficient. And here is the book for such people. What follows is a compact miscellany of chicken wisdom--a lively and amusing collection of quotations from past authorities on all things chicken, interspersed with brief editorial comments and complemented by wonderful illustrations. Whether a single sentence or several paragraphs, selections are all little known and long on charm. "In Praise of Chickens"can be savored in small pieces or enjoyably devoured all at once. It includes a demonstration of how to hypnotize a chicken; an account of a chicken rodeo; Mark Twain's sly tips on raising chickens; and a dictionary of the twenty-three-word vocabulary of the domestic chicken.
Backyard Chickens for Beginners: Getting the Best Chickens, Choosing Coops, Feeding and Care, and Beating City Chicken Laws
Amazon Exclusive for 2016!Valuable, short guide for beginners on how to start a backyard mini-flock of 2-4 chickens and get fresh eggs every day. Written by the author of the best-selling Fresh Food From Small Spaces book, a former columnist for Urban Farm magazine. Topics include:* Fresh Eggs Every Day * How Much Space Do You Need?* Building or Buying a Coop* Feeders, Waterers, Nesting Boxes, and Roosts* Getting Chicks or Chickens* Feeding Your Chickens* Tips for Cold Climates* Health and Safety* Dealing with Neighbors, City Chicken Laws, and Other Challenges* Resources: Everything You Need!Fresh eggs every dayThis 36-page booklet provides the ultimate beginner's guide to raising chickens for eggs in a city or suburban backyard. You can pay $10-$30 for a longer book containing lots of filler material you don't need. Are you really going to start a chick hatching business, compost doggy doo, or perform surgery on a sick hen? Stick to the essentials and pay a lot less. Everything You Need to Get Started!Are you ready to start raising chickens on a small scale? This booklet has all the information you really need to know on getting chicks or chickens for the city, where and how to find a good coop, what other items you need (feeders, waterers, nesting boxes), and how to feed your chickens nutritious food that will make the best eggs you have ever tasted. Learn some tips for proper chicken health and safety as well as for getting your chickens through cold winters in freezing climates. Learn how to deal with neighbors and restrictive city chicken laws so that no one can stop you from raising chickens for fresh eggs. Includes Free Resources SectionIncludes a great Resources section with organized links to every important piece of information available for free online, including more information on coops and city chicken laws. Some people say this section alone is worth the price of this booklet. Get access to all the resources and support you will ever need to help you have a great experience raising backyard chickens. Never pay a penny more for chicken info! Get started today and enjoy fresh eggs from your own backyard! (36-page booklet with 20,000 words)If you're looking for an introductory guide to raising chickens, this is the one!
The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything You Need to Know . . . and Didn't Know You Needed to Know About Backyard and Urban Chickens
Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer (poultry personality Andy Schneider) teach you everything he knows…and everything you need to know…about raising a backyard flock! Ditch the super-technical manuals and enjoy Andy's unique, common-sense perspective in The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens. This fun, comprehensive guide is a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle. Inside, you’ll learn: —The Benefits of a Backyard Chicken Flock —So You're Eggspecting: The Art of Incubation — The Art of Brooding —Home Sweet Home: Coops & Runs —Nutrition, Health, and Wellness …and much more!