A guide for the growing band of people wishing to keep their own chickens for both food and pleasure. It contains advice, tips, facts and step-by step sequences, as well as photographs and diagrams.
This book, the latest innovative Haynes Manual , will provide a complete and easy-to-understand reference for the growing band of people wishing to keep their own chickens for both food and pleasure. Pitched at the novice but also containing plenty to interest the experienced chicken-keeper, the book will contain no-nonsense advice, tips, facts and step-by step sequences, as well as plenty of relevant photographs and diagrams. As more people keep chickens nowadays than at any time since the Second World War, this book is a timely addition to the Haynes range.
Four major sections are devoted to ‘Getting started’, ‘Keeping your chickens’, ‘Specialist information’ and ‘Problems’. Getting started: choosing a breed, the popular breeds (30 are highlighted), hybrids, other poultry, the various ways of acquiring chickens (including hatching your own). Keeping your chickens: daily care, seasonal care, feeding and watering, housing, security from predators (two-legged and four-legged), vermin (rats/mice, foxes, mink/stoats/weasels, pigeons, magpies/crows), laying (types of eggs, selling, regulations), first aid. Specialist information: anatomy and plumage, colours and markings, breeding (reproduction, mating, incubation, hatching, rearing), showing, conservation, dispatching (methods of killing, dressing). Problems: common diseases (includes simple diagnosis charts), biology, health, nutrition, bird ‘flu facts. Step-by-step procedures will feature where relevant, in time-honoured Haynes style, and will include construction of a poultry house and brooder and how to use an incubator correctly.