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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.
Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds & Care: A Color Directory of the Most Popular Breeds and Their Care
A comprehensive and richly illustrated guide to keeping chickens. Chickens kept as pets are increasingly popular, even in urban environments, as more and more people discover it is easy to keep chickens, even in a small backyard. They make excellent pets and offer the immeasurable benefit of a free and ready supply of fresh eggs. The expert author alerts the many newcomers to chicken-keeping to the amazing variety of breeds available -- more than 100 registered pure breeds and bantams, as well as many hybrids. This beautifully illustrated reference provides essential advice about the housing and care of chickens, as well as profiles of more than 70 of the most popular breeds, with details such as: History and origins Weight ranges Egg characteristics Physical appearance Behavior. The "Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care" provides an unrivalled depth of practical information, and it features more than 500 specially commissioned color photographs. From the plump, cushionlike beauty of the Buff Orpington to the extravagantly ornamental bantams, readers will discover there is a chicken breed that ideally suits them.
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.
Keeping Chickens, 2nd Edition is the perfect introduction to small flock poultry keeping. Not only are chickens useful (as both a food source and as consumers of weeds in the yard), but they are interesting and colorful creatures that make good pets and can enliven any garden. The book covers everything potential chicken farmers need to know about housing, feeding and welfare, plus it includes a section full of great egg recipes. Lively, authoritative text and a gorgeous gallery of chicken images make this book appealing to both casual and avid chicken enthusiasts.