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.
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.
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.