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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

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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: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084HOC50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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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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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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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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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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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Ridiculous. Just received the "paperback book" version of this. This is NOT a book. Beware. It is a glorified pamphlet. It's like this was an afterthought of the kindle version. First page jumps right in to chapter one. Not even a table of contents, no page numbers, nothing... Just requested my refund with Amazon. Disappointed as this was a gift, and I purchased it based on the positive reviews.
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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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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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