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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470465441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470465448
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Admirably comprehensive, lucid and sensible guide.' - The Times, Sept 2011 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Raising Chickens for Dummies

Learn to:

  • Raise chickens in virtually any backyard

  • Choose and purchase chickens

  • Construct the right housing

  • Feed and care for your chickens

Kimberly Willis

Poultry breeder and enthusiast

with Rob Ludlow

Owner, BackYardChickens.com

Your hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods

Thinking about raising chickens? This comprehensive, practical guide gives you expert advice on all aspects of keeping chickens in your backyard. Whether you're interested in chickens as pets or as a source for eggs or meat, you'll find all the latest information on housing, feeding, healthcare, breeding, and much more.

  • Do you speak chicken? — learn about basic chicken biology, breeds, and behavior

  • Select your chickens — from eggs to chicks to adults, decide which to buy, how many you need, and find the healthy ones

  • Take care of a small flock — choose a type of housing, construct a chicken coop, feed your birds, and do housekeeping

  • Make more chickens — discover how to mate your chickens, incubate eggs, and hatch and nurture chicks

  • Reap the harvest — manage laying hens, collect and store eggs, butcher meat birds, and package and store meat

Open the book and find:

  • Basic chicken-keeping requirements

  • Misconceptions about chickens explained

  • Top tips for healthy chickens

  • Do-it-yourself housing ideas

  • The best feed for your birds

  • Advice on controlling pests and predators

  • Hints for optimal egg production

  • Information on raising meat birds

  • Answers to combat laying issues


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Easy to read and very informative.
Maxine
This Book will be good as a reference or source of information during your venture of raising chickens.
Kathleen Uyvari
I have been reading and following bits at a time since I bought my six chicks at one day old.
John C. Karcher

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Joe D. Bryant on August 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I started raising chickens last year. Before that I read a lot of chicken books and got some necessary basic information. Many of the books were much too technical for my level and/or for what I wanted to know.

The wonderful thing about this book is the way it's written. Every subject area starts off and ends with simple, thorough explanations for the reader. After reading a page or two, I invariably realize that I fully understand what normally would have been confusing and complicated.

I keep it by my recliner, open it anywhere, read the page and learn something new every time. I seriously doubt that I will ever need to buy another book about chickens.
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I have been researching the raising of chickens endlessly lately now that we picked up some baby silkies who are happily chirping in their brooder. (We are urban chick farmers and the 3rd homeowners in our small city neighborhood to have a flock, interestingly enough)

Being a city girl, I didn't have any experience in this chicken raising stuff...yet, being an animal lover and lover of research, I insist on doing it perfectly and will research it until I do.

And this helped tremendously.

While researching on the net and talking to chicken "experts" at feed stores, it amazed me how much misinformation was out there. Some said line the brooder with newspaper. (The book says no, but better yet, it listed the best ideas for liner and litter in order of preference and why). I quickly found out from REAL experts how bad newspaper is for the chicken's legs and what problems often develop from slick surfaces. Some said you can use a regular lightbulb for heat then I found out how much lig including some deformities in growth/leg problems.

So, with all the confusion I found out there from old wives tales to people who throw lots of hens in a too-hot unventilated coop old-school style without thinking of the BIRD, I ordered this book to get some real facts in one place.

I learned a lot. This will even tell you what's bad to feed them from your scraps...such as no moldy bread, bad potato parts, no avocado etc. and why.

This tells you how to select and care for your chickens through all ages and, unfortunately, even for those raising them for meat how to kill them. I DID NOT read that chapter. But I guess if someone is going to do that, at least it tells you how to do it right I suppose.

Good advice on predators...
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Renee C. Fraser on August 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought a number of books on chickens two years ago when I was first entertaining the idea of keeping hens. I can toss them all out now that I have this book. I sure wish it was out when I started this project!

Everything you really need to know to raise chickens is in this book. The authors give clear and reasonable recommendations on vaccinations, worming, feeding... just about everything you can think of.

The book is easy to use and clearly organized. It's also engagingly written. I have more confidence in my chicken-keeping after reading this book.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Jimbob Rebel on August 2, 2009
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This book is the ultimate in chicken books and I have a bunch of them! If I had to pick out one chicken book to give as a gift or to recommend to a new chicken person it would be a copy of this one. And if for some reason the book doesn't have the answer to the question you have then the people on the website listed on the cover will have it and they are very helpful! The book is easy to read and very easy to understand. Get a copy today! Mine didn't come from Amazon but it is so good that I want to give it 5 stars and let everyone know about it! And I very rarely review anything. This deserves my review! Signed the Mrs of the account holder and yes, I am a chicken addict! Now go buy a copy of this book and get yourself some pets that will make you breakfast! :)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ML775 on January 31, 2011
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The reason I love THIS book more than the many others I've read about raising chickens is that it made me realize I'm not ready to keep chickens right now. The book honestly lets readers know how much work (as well as how much joy) is involved in raising healthy chickens and keeping them comfortable and safe from predators. It's a super-comprehesive book that describes exactly what keeping chickens entails (Where will I put the chicken manure and how will I carry it to that spot every time I clean the coop? Exactly how can I figure out the best location and construction for a coop? What equipment will I need? How much time and money will this cost?, etc..).

If you are thinking of getting chickens, read Chapter 1 of this book "The Joy of Chickens;" especially pages 13-14 "Assessing Your Capabilitiues: Basic Chicken Care and Requirements: Time, Space, Money." Keeping any animal is a huge responsibility. Chapter 1 is enlightening in terms of what you can expect. If you decide chickens are for you after reading Chapter 1, the rest of the book will be an invaluable reference book for you.
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