Raising Chickens For DummiesPractical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard! Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and proper feeding. Raising Chickens For Dummies provides authoritative, detailed information to make raising chickens for eggs, meat, or backyard entertainment that much easier.
In days gone by, Keeping Chickens & Ducks as well as growing your own vegetables, it was popular for households to keep a small flock of chickens in the back garden to produce eggs and the occasional bird for the table. Eggs were valued as an essential part of the diet and were a valuable commodity that could easily be produced at home.During the 1950’s, hybrid chickens were created that could produce large numbers of eggs in intensive farming systems. The price of eggs came down as their availability increased. Supermarkets were born and contributed further to the downward pressure on price. Outbreaks of Salmonella further added to the decline in the number of people keeping chickens at home.Thankfully, over the last few years, chickens & ducks have been making a come back to our back gardens and there are more and more people looking at keeping a few hens for eggs again at home. From hybrid egg layers to some of the more specialist pure breeds, there is a breed to suit everyone.
A flock of chickens isn't just for the official farmer anymore. As it turns out, there is a resurgence of America's love affair with their feathered friends. And why not? What's not to love about chickens? Chickens, with their silly antics and funny ways are entertaining. Even though they aren't cuddly pets, they have lots of personality.In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully select and keep chickens. With just a small investment of reading time, you will learn how you can comply with city ordinances to keep chickens, and also stay friendly with your neighbors. You'll learn the best places for getting chicks or chickens, and how to select the breed of chicken that is best for your specific purposes, whether it be for meat, eggs, or both. Creating a safe and practical habitat, as well as caring for and protecting your chickens, will be a priority for any flock owner. This guide will show you how to do that, too.After reading this guide, you'll be confident and ready to join the many others who have found the joy of keeping chickens. So go find your flock!