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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