Raising Chickens For Dummies, 2nd Edition

By Kimberley Willis   |   Published On: Mar 2, 2015
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Discover the joys and how-to's of growing chickens with the Wiley Raising Chickens For Dummies, 2nd Edition. If you’re thinking about raising chickens, this hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods has everything you need to get started―and beyond. This new edition provides the most up-to-date know-how on keeping chickens in your own backyard, including choosing and buying chickens, building the appropriate housing, feeding for optimal health, and how to deal with common problems like pests, predators, and laying issues.

Perfect for beginners or avid poulterers alike, it’s full of useful, actionable advice to getting started and optimizing your backyard poultry operation, whether it’s just a hobby or a small scale source of home-grown eggs. Inside, you'll learn about basic chicken biology, breeds, behaviors, ideal chicken numbers, ways to spot healthy chickens, how to build a chicken coop, best practices for mating your chickens, how to incubate eggs, how to hatch and nurture chicks, managing laying hens, collecting and storing eggs, as well as butchering meat birds. Best of all, all of the explanations are written in plain-English and take you step by step of the way.

About the Author

Kimberley Willis has raised numerous breeds of chickens and other poultry for eggs, meat, and showing for more than 40 years.

Robert T. Ludlow owns and manages BackYardChickens.com, the largest and fastest-growing community of chicken enthusiasts in the world.

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  • Dimensions
    9.2 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight
    1.3 pounds
  • Edition
    2nd Edition
  • Format
  • ISBN-13
  • Pages
  • Subject
  • ISBN-10
  • Author
    Kimberley Willis, Robert T. Ludlow
  • Publication Date
    Mar 2, 2015
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Raising Chickens 5

  • Chapter 1: The Joy of Chickens 7

  • Chapter 2: Basic Chicken Biology and Behavior 21

  • Chapter 3: A Chicken Isn’t Just a Chicken: Your Guide to Breeds 45

  • Chapter 4: Buying Chickens 65

Part II: Housing Your Flock 85

  • Chapter 5: Choosing Your Housing Type 87

  • Chapter 6: Designing and Constructing a Coop 111

  • Chapter 7: Coop, Sweet Coop: Furnishing and Housekeeping 133

Part III: Caring for Your Flock: General Management 149

  • Chapter 8: Feeding Your Flock 151

  • Chapter 9: Controlling Pests and Predators 175

  • Chapter 10: Keeping Your Flock Happy and Healthy 193

  • Chapter 11: Handling Health Problems 217

Part IV: Breeding: From Chicken to Egg and Back Again 247

  • Chapter 12: Mating Your Chickens 249

  • Chapter 13: Incubating Eggs and Hatching Chicks 267

  • Chapter 14: Raising Chicks 295

Part V: Special Management Considerations 319

  • Chapter 15: Managing Layers and Collecting Eggs 321

  • Chapter 16: Raising and Butchering Meat Birds 349

Part VI: The Part of Tens 383

  • Chapter 17: More than Ten Tips for Keeping Healthy, Stress-Free Chickens 385

  • Chapter 18: More than Ten Misconceptions about Chickens, Eggs, and So On 393

Index 401


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    Preparing for raising chickens

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    This is my 1st book I purchased to educate myself on chickens before we get them. I love the book. Gives me all the information I need in one book. I wish there were more colored papges of chickens.

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    So much help! Never disappointed with what I buy from Chewy! If you want to learn chickens this is the book!

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