Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock

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Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock
Jay Rossier
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Chickens-why not? Tens of thousands of people in all areas of the country enjoy raising these birds, whether for food or companionship. You can, too, with this indispensable guide. Then again, you may want to read Living With Chickens just for the sheer joy of it.Straightforward prose and dozens of clear, detailed illustrations gives any future chicken farmer the tools he needs to get started, from step-by-step instructions on building the coop to a brief background on chicken biology ("gizzard talk"); from hints on getting high-quality eggs from the hens, to methods for butchering. Vermonter Jay Rossier draws on his own experiences and those of his fellow poultrymen in discussing how to keep marauders from the chicken coop, the benefits of homemade grain versus commercial, and how to live (and sleep) with a rooster in your midst. Personal anecdotes, interesting facts, and lush, full-color photographs of the birds and their landscape round out this comprehensive book.

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Wanting to get some chickens, but unsure of where to start? This is the book for you!
Living with chickens 2nd addition is a great basic starter guide to chicken keeping and walks you through how to find, house, feed, slaughter and care for your birds in 10 easy to read chapters, and dozens of color photographs.
The author also talks about what to look for when buying at a swap or auction, common health issues, dealing with predators, basic anatomy, and more.
Just about everything you need to get started raising chickens can be found in this book, and it's available at most public libraries.

Errors: I only found 2 minor errors in this book. The chicken on the left of page 42 is in fact a black sexlink, and not an Australorp as the caption says. On page 49 the photo shows a pic of chicken wire, and the caption says '' a ring of chicken wire around the coop and run is essential to keeping predators at bay'' While the author does say on the previous page that chicken wire is not sufficient, and that hardware cloth should be used instead, this a a little missleading.
Overall though I would highly recommend this book. :thumbsup
Pros: Personal experience, common sense
Cons: A lot of reading involved
This book covers just about everything you need to know about keeping chickens. Advice for every chicken keeper, whether you keep them for eggs or meat. Lovely full-colour photographs. The personal stories of the author make the book both interesting and humorous. Keep in mind there's a lot of reading to get through!


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