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Raising Chickens for Dummies, 2nd Edition


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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

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, the largest and fastest-growing community of chicken enthusiasts in the world.

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