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Keeping Pet Chickens: You don't need much space to Enjoy the Bounty of Fresh Eggs from Your Own Small Flock of Happy Hens Paperback – August 1, 2005

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KEEPING PET CHICKENS

When you’re looking for fresh eggs, what could be better than going out to your backyard and collecting them, courtesy of your own home-bred chickens? Food doesn’t come any fresher, and the good news is that keeping two or three chickens is easy. They don’t require farmland or much special equipment, and today’s modern chicken houses are designed so that anyone with even a little backyard or terrace space can keep poultry. But you will need some essential “must-know” information, which you can find in this easy-to-understand book. The authors provide all the advice you’ll require, and the instructive captioned illustrations will show you exactly how to master every aspect of keeping and raising healthy and productive poultry.

About the Author

Johannes Paul and William Windham are co-founders of Omlet, a U.K.-based company that designs and produces small, efficient chicken houses for chicken keepers.

Joe Stahlkuppe is an expert and writer on animal care, and is the author of several of Barron's Pet Owner's Manual titles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764132628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764132629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a cute little book, but a very slim volume indeed. I've been considering getting some pet chickens for the backyard but I don't want to do it for some time (I want to wait and see how the whole bird flu thing plays out), so this was a fine introduction for me. It covers the basics of feeding, cleaning up after, and maintaining a home for your chickens. I have a better idea now of what kind of effort will be involved in keeping a few hens, how many eggs I can expect, and what kind of modifications the backyard will need. But I don't think you can rely on this book alone if you are already serious about adopting some chickens and need a thorough reference volume. There is very little information here about looking after the birds' health, for instance, and they only give information about a handful of breeds.

Note: this book is written by the makers of the Eglu, which is a pre-fabricated plastic chicken coop for people who just want 2 or 3 chickens as pets. The writers do not identify themselves this way, but I have checked the Eglu website, and the same bearded guys appear on it. To their credit, they discuss how to clean and care for traditional wooden coops as well. But this book also comes free with any purchase of an Eglu. So if you think you might get an Eglu, you might as well not buy this book now since you'll get it for free later.
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My 8 year old daughter gave this to me for Christmas. I've kept chickens for many years. I don't believe the writers of this book know what theyre talking about. When I read that the authors worked for a company that sold henhouses, it made perfect sense. Anyway, if you really want information on chickens, buy the American Standard of Perfection and/or The Beginners Guide to Raising and Showing Chickens (DVD..its awesome)- both available from the American Poultry Association website.
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This is an excellent book if you are looking to have just a few chickens in your back yard for eggs and/or are a beginner. It also shows how chicken keeping has moved into the 21st century with the wonderful Eglu, as well as showing the different types of chicken housing available. Perfect and well recommended.
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This book has wonderful ideas about all different kinds of coops, the actual keeping of chickens, and other useful tip about having your own pet chickens, even in an urban setting. I am very pleased with this book!
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I know absolutely nothing about keeping chickens, so this book helped me alot. It is full of detailed facts about anything you would ever need to know about owning and keeping a flock of chooks in a productive and happy environment. Great for beginners like me!
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