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Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying Paperback – January 11, 2011
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The two chicken books that I like are City Chicks (even for those of us who live in the country), and Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens. Both of these have chapters on raising chicks that I found much more informative than Chick Days.
But six months ago, we moved and I got my first 5 chickens. Having poured over this book already, I had zero questions for the feed store employees (though I will say they told us what size fount and feeder five chickens would need when they outgrew their chick fount and feeder). Later, they told us to go ahead and keep giving them the chick feed until we ran out (the 25 pound bag lasted almost 12 weeks) rather than switching to grow mash in week 5 as the book suggested.
When a book costs as much as a 50 pound bag of feed, I didn't want to buy more chicken raising books unless I needed them. So, can you make it to six months on just this book, as the title suggests? The short answer is yes, you absolutely can. In full disclosure, I should say I had bought Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World at about the same time and they have a chapter on building chicken coops with some tidbits about chickens in general. I'm sure I absorbed some information from that.
This book is deceptively light. It isn't very thick and graphics eat up a lot of space. You've read the whole thing before you know it. And yet, if there is information that other books have that Jenna didn't include, I can only say I must not have needed it (the three pieces of information that I've since seen in other books are: you can freeze excess eggs, laying hens will crouch when you approach them as though you are an amorous rooster, and how to trim flight feathers).Read more ›
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Written more in the line of a day to day journal of three chickens. I was looking for a good reference book.Published 3 days ago by Susan
Fast delivery great condition. It is very helpful and informative.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect for our family starting a small newbie chicken flock in the suburbs. It has a planned out schedule that was very helpful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jennifer e entwistle
This is a very helpful book.. However it does not include info on hatching eggs like the bolded title by Amazon suggests. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Megan Martin