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Whether you want to raise 5 chickens or 50, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook makes it easy for you to get started raising a healthy flock. Whether you want to raise 5 chickens or 50, whether you have a 40-foot city lot or a 40-acre farm, the expert advice in this hands-on guidebook makes it easy for you to get started raising a healthy flock. Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book will show you what to do next with longtime chicken breeder Christine Heinrichs explaining all the helpful DOs and important DON'Ts. This brightly illustrated, full-color guide will prove an indispensable resource for anyone interested in raising their very own flocks. Easy-to-follow advice helps you to: * Choose breeds and obtain stock * House and feed chickens * Manage your flock and keep it healthy * Select and cull for breeding programs * Incubate eggs and care for chicks * Raise chickens in the country, suburbs, or city The book provides information on breed types, obtaining stock, housing, feeding, flock management, breeding programs, incubation and care of chicks, selection and culling, showing, health care, and the legal aspects of raising chickens. Reviewed and approved by Dr. Clint Rusk (Purdue University Associate Professor in the Youth Development and Agriculture Education Department), this book will give you the tools you need to succeed in a challenging but rewarding business.
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Acknowledgments Chapter 1Chickens Past and Present Chapter 2Breed Types and Flock Management Chapter 3Selecting, Culling, and Breeding Chapter 4Showing Your Chickens Chapter 5Health Care Afterword Resources Index About the Author

About the Author

Award-winning author Christine Heinrichs (Cambira, CA) serves as historian for the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities and advises numerous zoos, museums, and living-history farms on rare breeds.

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