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Choosing and Keeping Chickens [Hardcover]

Chris Graham
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5 April 2007
With information of over fifty of the most popular breeds, Choosing and Keeping Chickens will not only help you find the chickens that are right for you and your family, but will also teach you how to care for them and get the best out of them from day one.From housing to feeding, ealing with common ailments to breeding, all the information you need is covered in expert detail in this practical book.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bounty (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075371552X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753715529
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction. The history of chickens. Why keep chickens. Are they the right choice for you. Choosing chickens. Which breed? A gallery of over 60 of the most popular birds. Includes: Ancona. Brahma. Cochin. Frizzle. Leghorn. Silkie. Vorwerk. Setting up for chickens. Buying birds. Chicken houses. Safety and security. Looking after chickens. Routine care. Handling. Feeding and nutrition. Health and wellbeing. Planning for the future. Breeding. Showing. Making the most of the eggs. All your questions answered. Index and acknowledgments. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris Graham is an experienced freelance writer and professional photographer, and has been editor of Practical Poultry magazine since its launch in 2004. As well as poultry, he writes on other subjects including motoring, football and cookery. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and the author of an instructional guide to MIG welding. Location: UK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best buy for those making a start. 13 Aug 2009
I make it a rule only to review books on subjects I know something about. Although we have something approaching 100 birds, I am relatively new to keeping chickens and this review is based on those early experiences coupled with the frequent use of this book.

Author Chris Graham is the Editor of a leading UK poultry magazine with considerable knowledge of the subject. Whilst the book itself is somewhat disjointed in parts, I have found it to be both an enormous help and, so far at least, able to cover each topic I have needed to consult. In addition, the photography - covering various breeds, equipment and other items, is of the highest standard.

Arranged into; Which breeds, getting started, care, hatching & rearing, showing, different breeds, hybrids, pests and diseases, the book appears to cover all the main topics of interest to the beginner with a fair degree of thoroughness. Personally, I have consulted this book on an almost daily basis for the past several weeks and have yet to find it lacking.

My only real complaint is the order in which the different breeds are arranged. I would have preferred a straight forward alphabetical order of all types. This would allow quick access to whichever variety I was seeking at the time. Instead, they are arranged into 5 sections, albeit alphabetically within each, by; Hard feather, soft feather heavy, soft feather light and so forth.

I do also feel that the RRP of GBP 12:99 is a tad too expensive - although I was quite happy with the GBP 7:50 I paid for my own copy. All things considered, this is possibly the best buy for the complete beginner.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By TheTeh
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Ideal book for anyone who is thinking to keep chickens! Great introduction to all aspects of keeping chickens with just the right depth covering everything from housing, litter materials, feed types, chicken well beings, natural vs artificial fertilised eggs incubations, chicken breeds... etc etc.. All these are explained in plain English together with excellent colour photos to maintain reader interest throughout the book. Did you know that chickens need to eat sand or grits to help digestions? I did not before reading this book! All in all, a great book which is both entertaining and educational to read before keeping your first chicken in your backyard! Definately a 5-Start for this book!!!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
We've been keeping chickens for a couple of years now, and we wish we had this book when (or even before) we started out. It has information on all aspects of keeping chickens, from coops and enclosures, avoiding health problems, integrating with the existing family, feeding, etc. The text is well-thought-out and clearly written, and the pictures with their associated captions add even more information. Buy this book before you dive in and get your first chook. If you're already a chicken-parent, buy it anyway and keep it to hand always!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to keeping chickens 24 Nov 2006
I've just started looking into keeping chickens in my back garden and found this book really helpful - from picking the right breed to how to house and care for them. It's clearly set out with sound advice and the large colour pictures of the different breed types are great!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - well worth the price 1 Nov 2007
By Annie J
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If you are thinking about keeping chickens everything that you need to know is in this book. Absolutely excellent!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners book 22 May 2008
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This is a lovely book for the beginner, since there are lovely colour photos and bite size information covering what you need to know to get into keeping chickens. It is limited, in that once you have your chickens you probably want to have more information and there are only a limited amount of breeds covered but the lay out is reader friendly, digestible and sufficient for the novice to make a good start. Then the fun begins! The book does relay the real joy of keeping chickens and the benefits for children. Well worth reading before getting started on buying coop, hens etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for those new to the Joy of Chickens 27 Nov 2012
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My partner and I purchased this book when we decided to try our hand at chicken keeping but needed help to get started. And this is the ideal book for the newcomer. It tells you all you need to know to get you started; what type of coop to buy, how much space they need, feeding, illness, etc. And most importantly it takes you through all the most common breeds and their characteristics. We purchased two wynandottes on the basis of this book, and they've proved to be great girls.

Four years on we have 10 chickens and wouldn't be without them. If you're tempted, buy the book. The only down side to bear in mind is that they'll wreck your garden if you let them have the run of the place. But if you have the space, they are great to own, huge personalities and very rewarding. And you get eggs. One last suggestion if you take the plunge; have a few rescue chickens to complete your flock. Watching those poor girls learning to love life is a great pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight for those wanting to keep chickens 29 April 2012
By A. J. Parkes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have been thinking about keeping chickens for a while and decided to get this book to shed some insight and info on the subject. As it was a low price, I thought it worth a punt and take the risk.

What a good book. The sections are clearly defined, plenty of colourful pictures and lots of information on keeping and looking after chickens. This has firmly made up my mind that I will continue to the next stage and get a coop and run and make it fox proof before getting the hens.

If there was any criticism is that a large section tells you about the pure breeds of chickens and only a small section on the hybrids, which is what I shall be getting as they are more docile and lay more eggs.

Overall, a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, written informative book
A good book , some of it is probably more suited for the more experienced keeper but the health and feeding parts were very helpful
Published 1 month ago by MRS KIRSTY WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars chickens
this was a really good book with lovely photographs to look at. very interesting for anyone interested in keeping chickens
Published 3 months ago by sheila mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars thamks
description was accurate and the book was un damaged, was as detailed in the advert and the book was very informative
Published 5 months ago by aaron coote
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations
This is a beautifully illustrated guide and simply written.
Excellent price and I would recommend it for anyone considering keeping chickens
Published 6 months ago by Leesa Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars keeping chickens
I bought it for my son for Christmas who has just got 2 ex-battery hens. He thought it was a good book and gave him some extra ideas on keeping his hens healthy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Izzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book. Good beginners guide to breeds
It does exactly what it says it will do. Give you an insight into the various breeds.

I bought this as new I think and so it's well worth the few 's I spent.
Published 6 months ago by D. S. Trees
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read for the first time chicken keeper
This book was just what I was looking for nice illustration and very informative but not over the top all the q&a that you all want to know
Published 9 months ago by jtoan
Published 11 months ago by DENISE LUDBROOK
3.0 out of 5 stars Good pictures
Excellent photography of a multitude of breeds of chickens. I think it is aimed more at the specialist poultry keeper's coffee table rather than a comprehensive reference for the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Oddjob
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