Your hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods
Thinking about raising chickens? You’ve come to the right place!This new edition of Raising Chickens For Dummies providesthe most up-to-date, thorough information on the many aspects ofkeeping chickens in your backyard. Inside, you’ll find hands-on,easy-to-follow instructions on choosing and purchasing chickens,constructing housing for your birds, feeding your chickens foroptimal health, combating laying issues, controlling pests andpredators, optimizing egg production, and much more.
Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular—andgrowing—pastime. If you’re interested in keeping chickens aspets or as a source for eggs, Raising Chickens For Dummiesgives you plain-English explanations of everything you need to knowto about caring for chickens. Inside, you’ll learn about basicchicken biology, breeds, and behavior, which chicken breed is bestfor you, how many you need, ways to spot healthy chickens, how tobuild a chicken coop, best practices for mating your chickens, howto incubate eggs, how to hatch and nurture chicks, manage layinghens, collect and store eggs, and butcher meat birds.
- Offers practical advice on choosing and purchasingchickens
- Helps you construct the right housing for your chickens
- Provides tips on feeding and caring for your chickens
- Includes top tips for raising healthy chickens
Whether you’re a first-time poulterer or you’ve been raisingchickens for years, this comprehensive guideprovides practicalhow-to advice for keeping chickens in virtually any backyard.