How to Raise Chickens: Everything You Need to Know, Updated & Revised (FFA)

How to Raise Chickens: Everything You Need to Know, Updated & Revised (FFA)

Christine Heinrichs

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0760343772

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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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ABA lists them as Inactive. Because he wasn’t able to find any Java bantams, Breeders are working to recreate them to meet the Standard weights of 36 ounces for roosters and 32 ounces for hens.. WHAT’S THE RAREST BREED? “What’s the rarest breed? What breed most needs attention to be saved?” Well-meaning people often ask what breed is closest to the brink of disappearance, to know where to focus their energies. Given the lack of chicken-breed registries, there is no clear answer to that

eight color varieties: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, and White, which are also recognized by the ABA. UNRECOGNIZED BREEDS Other breeds not recognized by the APA Standard but popular with small-flock owners: FAYOUMI CHICKENS are the small breed raised along the Nile in Egypt. They have a long history documented in tomb paintings and texts prior to 1550 BC. Their development was influenced by domestic Canaanite hens that came to Egypt as part of the spoils of war

chickens, pets, and children. A three-chambered trap, with the poison in the third chamber, keeps the poison out of the open, but other animals (including your chickens) might eat the poisoned carcass. Leg-hold traps can be effective. Cat food is tempting bait for many predators. Live traps can trap your marauder, which can then be killed or relocated. Be thoughtful about relocating a problem animal. Check with local game wardens to find a location where the animal won’t simply become someone

Commercial feeds include the proper amount of salt. If you are making your own feed, include a small amount of salt—less than 0.15 percent. More will cause soft-shelled eggs. Be mindful that a lot of leftovers contain salt. Chickens can die of excess salt. This Buckeye hen is happy to eat bugs from the garden. She’ll also dig up the plants, so put chickens in the garden only after the harvest is complete. Chris McCary Alternatively, if you provide your chickens with unsalted feed and give them

applied to smooth rough feathers and again rinsed well. Hard-feathered birds may only need their heads wiped off and feet scrubbed. Dried manure must be cleaned away from the vent area. The judge examines the feathers for color and condition. Feather-quality standards vary by breed. This Buff Orpington’s feathers must be moderately broad and long and fit close to the body. Scrub feet and legs with a brush and a powdered kitchen cleanser or hand cleanser. Most birds that are accustomed to being

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