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Backyard Chickens for Beginners: Getting the Best Chickens, Choosing Coops, Feeding and Care, and Beating City Chicken Laws (Booklet) [Kindle Edition]

R.J. Ruppenthal
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Valuable 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. (Updated 2012 Version)

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 day


This 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 Section


Includes 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!



About the Author:
R.J. Ruppenthal is a college professor, licensed attorney, and gardening writer. He is the author of Fresh Food From Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardeners Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting (Chelsea Green 2008). He is a former columnist and frequent contributor to Urban Farm magazine. Raising city chickens is one of his backyard passions.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

When I first got chickens, I thought it would be like getting another pet. I was wrong. Keeping chickens is much easier than having a dog or a cat. It takes 5-10 minutes a day to check on them, making sure their water and feeder are full, and collecting eggs. Mine have an attached run space which is predator-proof, worry free. And you need to clean the coop once a month or so. Chickens eat our kitchen scraps, peck around in the yard, and get a little organic feed from an automatic feeder.

In return, we get fresh eggs every day which look and taste much better than anything in the store (according to studies, they are more nutritious and lower in cholesterol, too...see the book for more info). Save some money, become a little more self-reliant, and lower your cholesterol by eating homegrown eggs. The information in this booklet is all you need to get started. Chickens are simple and fun to keep, and you won't believe you many eggs you can get from 2-4 laying hens. Enjoy!

About the Author

R.J. Ruppenthal is a licensed attorney and college professor in California who has a passion for growing and raising some of his own food. He regularly writes and blogs about fruit and vegetable gardening, growing food in small urban spaces, sustainability, and raising backyard chickens. On occasion, he even puts his degrees to use and writes something about law or government. You can follow his blogs at http://backyardcvf.blogspot.com or on his Amazon Author’s Page.

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  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479197009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084HOC50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but.... July 25, 2013
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Excellent book. Easy to read, informative, eases the intimidation of starting to own chickens. I would add or clarify just a few things:

First and most importantly, the author makes reference to poultry wire when discussing coops. In passing he mentions half inch hardware cloth. Readers should not infer that poultry wire is the large-holed hexagonal chicken wire. That wire is too open and too flimsy to use to protect your chickens. Racoons will make short work of it. Though more expensive, invest in the half-inch grid hardware cloth and save yourself the expense and trauma of losing your birds to predators.

Second, I would have liked to see some info on how smart and trainable chickens are. There's a downside to that trait. If you hear your chickens crowing one morning and as a result go out and let them free range or give them a treat, you have just trained them to crow every morning for the same thing again. (Don't ask me how I know.) As with children, don't reward behavior you don't wish to see repeated. BTW, there's a very interesting youtube video on clicker training chickens.

Third, the subject of pecking order and introducing new chickens to established flocks would have been very helpful.

Finally, I would just add my chickens' number one treat, one they will fly up to peck the bottom of the clear container for: leftover cooked brown rice.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got chickens? Get book! August 18, 2012
By Denise
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I'm so glad I got this book, the author is right about getting right to the info your looking for. It skips the long winded and sometimes unneeded info you pay for in a larger book. This is the perfect book to get you started with chickens, from what kind to get,how many , what you intend and how to keep them. One helpful hint I got was to slightly bury my coop to keep other critters from digging in underneath. If it's not in this book it tells you where to find it! Perfect! Thanks!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book first! August 29, 2012
By Cara
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This book answered more of my questions about owning chickens than my $20 paperback on the same topic! This was definitely more specific and thorough, and at a fraction of the cost. The resource section at the end points you toward lots of free online information as well. I would highly recommend this e-book to anyone who is considering owning chickens.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thorough May 21, 2012
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This is an excellent book for raising a few chickens in a small backyard. It covers all the basics and is very thorough, even with ideas to deal with city ordinances. There are many online resources included for further study. I would recommend this to anyone who hoped to learn how to start having fresh eggs each day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Backyard Chickens October 6, 2012
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The book is concise, clear and informative, and speaks in a light-hearted voice. Anyone interested in the whole poultry industry would do well to read this. The author's point of view is pretty animal-friendly also...except for the slaughtering part (which is up to the individual chicken owner, after all!) Apart from everything else, fresh eggs are infinitely superior to cold-storage. Read this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous little booklet! October 8, 2012
By skeezyx
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we have 17 laying chickens and this book has been so informative! i continue to learn more about our little layers! i would most definitely recommend this book prior to getting your chicks or chickens! will be extremely helpful with planning out your coop and run and also provide a learning curve before you begin! love the idea of wooden eggs, will be trying that soon! we opt for purchasing pullets, it does save money in the long run. however, we are looking forward to hatching some chicks just for the experience! a MUST read book! well written and so very helpful!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Basic Backyard Chickens Info October 27, 2012
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If you haven't already scoured the web for info on backyard chickens, this would be a good start. However, if you have already checked out information on the web, I suggest you buy a more detailed offering on backyard chickens. Also note, this booklet also points to the author's Best Chicken Breeds booklet, which is NOT included in this booklet and you will have to buy that TOO if you want details about chicken breeds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best if you don't know anything August 21, 2013
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If you have done even the most basic research on raising your own flock this won't offer you much. I knew more about setting things up for my first flock through online searches and a few websites dedicated to people who raise their own chickens and are more than willing to share their knowledge with you than what this had to offer. If you have done absolutely no research and are looking for a way to have one or two laying hens in a city, this may help you, otherwise, don't expect to learn much from this one.
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Published 2 days ago by Paul Echols
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good information about raising chickens
This booklet has a lot of good information about raising chickens. I love all of the links. A must have for people who want to have chickens.
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I found this short kindle book easy to read, informative, and useful for someone like me-who is just getting into the backyard chicken scene. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely helpfull
I have a few chickens for fresh eggs for a long time but didn't know how to go about it. Now I do. This book is very informative and gives you web sites as well with more... Read more
Published 12 days ago by nana p
5.0 out of 5 stars I say a number five
I think it was a really good book.I would recommend this book to my friends who own chickens. THANK YOU
Published 14 days ago by KATIE DICKEY
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT EASY TO READ INFORMATIVE BOOK!!!
This is a very easy, quick informative book on raising chickens. I gave it a 4 as it was only missing info about the pooh which if healthy your chickens will leave a cookie dough... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Cynthia A Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book. Information was spot on!
First, I edit books professionally. I have skimmed through and the English usage was a breath of fresh air! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guidebook
Since my wife and I are planning to live on a farm in a year or so, we've starting doing research on what animals we may want to raise. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lucas Ostrowski
5.0 out of 5 stars we keep going back to it as our source of truth
We don't know a thing about chickens, but this simple book was absorbed in just hours by our 10 year old boy. It covers the basics. Read more
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More About the Author

Hi Folks! I'm R.J. Ruppenthal, the guy who wrote the book (or booklet) you're viewing.

Long story short: I never planned to become a gardening and food author. But I couldn't find the book I wanted, so I sat down and wrote what I thought people should know. That book did really well. Since then, readers have encouraged me to continue writing. I hope my books and articles can help you grow a little more of your own food.

Full story: When I lived in an apartment, it took me a long time to find any useful gardening information for small space gardeners with balconies, rooftops, decks, small backyards, and the like. At that time, nobody had written a good book on small space food growing. Every gardening book I ever read told me I needed many acres and full blast sunlight all day (neither of which I had).

Even so, I worked hard to create a garden on that first balcony. Some things I tried worked well while other ones failed miserably. I found out which vegetables grew best in partial shade and how to get the most production from this small balcony garden. I wanted to save other people some time and show them what was possible, so I ended up writing the Fresh Food From Small Spaces book in 2008. With the economic crisis and growth of interest in local food, that book became a bestseller.

Soon after, I was asked to serve as a columnist for a new magazine called Urban Farm, which is published by the great folks who produce Hobby Farms. I have written many columns and crop profile articles for Urban Farm, which is available online and at finer news stands.

Today, my first garden has expanded to a small yard that includes vegetables and fruit trees wherever I can fit them. We also have a chicken coop and a chicken run, which gives the chickens free range access to part of the yard but keeps them away from the veggies and blueberries. We feed the chickens with kitchen scraps and they peck up the bugs and weed seeds in the garden (OK, we give them a little organic chicken feed also). In return, we are rewarded with almost two dozen fresh eggs each week.

It's really easy to keep backyard chickens and I urge everyone to consider it. If you'd like to learn more, please check out my e-book called Backyard Chickens for Beginners. You can read it on a Kindle, iPad, iPhone, PC, or Mac with the Kindle app or on Amazon's online Cloud Reader.

Recently, I've written several other "e-booklet" titles that you can find by clicking on my name at the top. I'm particularly proud of the Blueberries in Your Backyard book, which shows people how simple it can be to grow this very tasty, healthy, yet expensive fruit. Also, I plan to stay active with the new blog here, so please bookmark this page and come visit me often. Contact me at freshfoodbook @ gmail.com (remove the spaces in that address if you e-mail me; I included them here so I don't get automatic spam).

In other news, I live in Northern California with my family, where I teach at a college and have a law license I rarely use. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my books and articles. Drop me a line if you have some comments and I'll see you in the garden!



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