- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612120148
- ISBN-13: 978-1612120140
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
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Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl Paperback – January 15, 2013
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Once a chicken fancier has decided to raise birds for home or commercial markets, a choice arises between buying the chicks or breeding and hatching them oneself. Damerow draws on her own experience for this comprehensive and accessible guide to all matters incubatory. With lots of photographs and plenty of practical data, she outlines parameters for heat, light, feed, and water sources so critical to chicks’ nutrition and growth. She also discusses the hatching process and the diseases that can appear in even the best-managed hatcheries. She explains the mysterious method for determining the little birds’ sex and how to assess their health from body language. Damerow’s guidance embraces not just chickens but also turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl. Burgeoning interest in locavorism and in humane animal breeding make this a potentially useful addition for library collections in just about all communities, not just for traditional rural institutions. --Mark Knoblauch
"This know-all chicken manual could serve as a college textbook”
“Gail Damerow continues to educate, entertain, and astound us with her detailed coverage of all-things-chicken, this time with seldom-encountered facts and tips on hatching and brooding. ... Add this one to the already long list of Gail Damerow books that belong in every poultry lover’s library.”
“Background information, illustrations, and thorough instructions abound throughout this thoughtfully organized work. In addition to sections devoted to the selection, care, feeding, and development of eggs and chicks, this guide features a glossary and a comprehensive index. … for those seeking reliable instructions on brooding and hatching a variety of fowl, the book is outstanding.”
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There is a wealth of information in this book. There is both a high level overview and a detailed view on almost any topic that I can think of.
I have eight chickens that lay about 35 eggs per week. I plan to increase my flock to 32 chickens now. I have purchased a number of books on Amazon regarding chickens and I put this book high on the list of "should have books". Another equally good book is "The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens". If you only bought these two books you would be very comfortable feeding your family with the eggs from your own garden.
I did not purchase new chickens to get to my goal of 32. Instead three of my hens provided baby chicks for the rest. I now have 12 adults (4 donations) and 20 chicks. This book was very helpful as I researched what to do for the new "peeps".
The three hens hatched 23 chicks. Three died. This book helped me understand what to do and what not to do (and understand why we cannot do it all). One died in a half shell in the water container face down (even though this was for watering chicks). One was injured falling out of the nest (about 4 feet). I spent five days with a pen, heat lamps, hand feeding water) trying to save this one. The last one died having never been able to leave the shell (half out). In each case this book helped me understand what to do (sometimes telling me to wait it out). Nature can be cruel but knowledge can make us kind.
Great book that I turn to every day as they grow. Amazing to watch the little ones run behind their mother as I bring out some "treats" for them. Grapes, mealworms, corn on the cob (from my garden), etc. If you like to care for animals, chickens are a lot of fun and this book helps understand what to do. 5 stars plus.
as well as raising chicken, duck, geese, chicks and babies. Full of marvelous insights that come from a real pro and first rate
writer. This book is a must have and is extremely well written and illustrated. You won't be sorry for purchasing
it and every library should have a copy or two on hand.
Purchased for New chicken owners who refer to it as "their chick bible."
They lost No chicks from their very first purchase of several from different feed/hardware stores & the Hen previously owned is setting on a batch of Purebreds currently. I don't think these things would have come to pass without the help of this wonderful book.