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The Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens: How to Raise a Happy Backyard Flock (Raising Chickens Guide) Paperback – Illustrated, June 4, 2019
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A beginner’s guide to ruling the roost and raising happy backyard chickens
The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens makes it easy to start keeping these surprisingly smart birds right in your own backyard. From constructing coops to rearing chicks, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make sure your chickens stay happy and healthy all year round.
Which breed of chicken is right for you? What’s the best bedding material? What sort of feed should you use? Expert chicken keeper Anne Kuo answers these questions―and many others―in this fun and friendly reference book that will get you excited to raise your new feathered friends.
This book on raising chickens guides you through:
- Getting from the chicken to the egg―Find out how to raise chicks, keep your birds safe from predators, introduce new birds to the flock, and more.
- Creating a custom coop―Build the perfect home for raising chickens with detailed backyard coop construction guides.
- Expert care advice―Learn how to identify different behaviors in your chicken, help solve egg shortages, and navigate a range of potential surprises with confidence.
Get your first flock started successfully with The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens.
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It is very important to make sure your birds have access to clean, fresh water all day long. (They don’t wake up and drink overnight.) Dirty water harbors and spreads disease. You can provide water in any sort of plastic, glass, ceramic, stainless steel, or other nonrusting container that’s not too deep. Don’t put water in any container that can rust. You can also buy waterers and drinkers made for chickens. There are a myriad of designs and options.
A peek at some of the info inside:
If you live in a cold climate, freezing water can be a major concern. Here are some tips to help keep your waterers from freezing. For best results, use some of these tips in combination, especially if you don’t have access to electricity outside:
- Don’t leave waterers out overnight (remember, chickens don’t need a drink in the middle of the night). Refill them during the day, starting with warm water.
- Use a larger black plastic tub, like a cement-mixing tub, or a rubber tub. Black absorbs heat, and a larger surface area will also help keep water from freezing.
- Don’t use metal bowls. Metal cools very fast and doesn’t retain heat.
- Buy a heated water bowl. You’ll need access to electricity for this.
- Place the waterer on top of some cement pavers in a sunny spot. The cement will absorb and radiate heat.
- Borrow tips from the gardening world and use a modified cold frame or greenhouse around the waterer to retain solar heat.
- Build some sort of insulation or cozy around your waterer.
“As an avid urban gardener looking to start raising chickens, Anne's book is a beautiful, informative, one-stop-shop for the beginner chicken owner.”—Kevin Espiritu, founder of Epic Gardening and author of Field Guide to Urban Gardening
“We’re blown away by this impeccable resource for backyard chicken owners, and want to shout out it from the coop tops. It’s a fun-to-read go-to guide for raising happier, healthier chickens. Every last detail you could possibly wonder, worry, or dream about is in here. Whether you’re new to owning chickens, or a well-seasoned chicken parent, there’s so much to discover. The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens is one of those ‘buy one for me, get 5 for my friends’ books.”—Hailey Dray, head of marketing at Grubbly Farms
“For years folks have asked me for a book on raising and keeping chickens and I did not have anything I could confidently point them to. It is with great joy that I now recommend The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens because I am completely aligned with how Anne cares for her animals and the consciousness she has around her ecological footprint and raising of the birds. Rejoice chicken keeping novices and veterans: the book you have been waiting for has finally hatched!”—Franchesca Duval, head chicken wrangler at Alchemist Farm
“Being a chicken enthusiast myself, I was thrilled to read The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens. Anne Kuo’s book is a comprehensive, enjoyable, and informative guide for any chicken keeper, and her expert chicken care knowledge is apparent. If you follow Anne’s journey with her flock on social media and her blog, you know that she takes great care of them. I am glad that she wrote this complete guide to raising chickens so that more flock owners can get off to a fabulous start.”—Janet Garman, owner of Timber Creek Farm (www.timbercreekfarmer.com) and author of 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens
About the Author
ANNE KUO is a backyard chicken keeper, avid gardener, urban homesteader, crafter, and proponent of living sustainably. She is the voice behind the popular Instagram account @RealHensOfOC and the Real Hens of Orange County blog.
- Publisher : Rockridge Press; Illustrated edition (June 4, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641524057
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641524056
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.25 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
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Since I know nothing about chickens, this book is of special interest and use to me. I now feel that I have enough know-how to decide to take on the project or now. Nice work Anne.
Her book is geared exactly for people like me who are rank beginners. The size of the project is also perfect for me. She is a backyard chicken lady, on the same scale that I would be doing.
I heartily recommend this well-titled book for people who are thinking about getting their own flock of backyard chickens.
Read this book before you build your coup!!!
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I knocked one star off, as this is really written for a American audience. It refers to US shops and products, so you will need to figure out the UK (or other) equivalents. Nevertheless recommended read if you like me are new to the world of chicken keeping. So keen to get my little chicks now!
Very informative about everything to do with chickens and how to look after them
Plus there are detailed instruction on build coops.
This is going to be my bible for the next future while i get my girls settled.