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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; UK Edition edition (19 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119994179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119994176
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′Admirably comprehensive, lucid and sensible guide.′ – The Times, Sept 2011

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Town, country and in–between – your total guide to keeping chickens in any setting Whatever your reasons for wanting to make chickens part of your life, the best way to get started is with Keeping Chickens For Dummies – your one–stop guide to choosing, housing, feeding, breeding, showing, selling and tending most common varieties of gallus domesticus. Get up to speed with chickens 101 – immerse yourself in crucial chicken facts and figures, from basic biology and behaviours to common breeds and their varying requirements Choose wisely – find the ideal breed for your lifestyle and long–term goals, and discover how to plan and buy a healthy flock Set up home for your chickens – choose and build or buy a habitat for your flock, perform essential housekeeping and maintenance and keep your birds fat and happy Breed a brood – discover how to mate your chickens, incubate eggs and hatch and nurture chicks Be the Cheerful Reaper – manage laying hens, collect and store eggs, butcher meat birds and package and store meat ′For me, raising chickens, for eggs and meat, has beenone of the most enjoyable aspects of our family farm. I am a great admirer of "chicken whisperer" Pammy Riggs, and with her two co–authors she has produced an admirably thorough guide to enjoying the pleasures and avoiding the pitfalls of keeping chickens. Get the book, and take the feathery plunge!′– Hugh Fearnley–Whittingstall Open the book and find: Chicken–keeping basics The truth behind common misconceptions A gold mine of chicken health tips Do–it–yourself housing ideas The best feeds for different breeds How to ward off pests and predators How to optimise your layers′ laying The lowdown on raising meat birds Important legal considerations with keeping chickens Learn to: Feed and care for your chickens Breed and rear chickens Construct the perfect hen house Keep your chickens happy and healthy

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carol M on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive and very readable book. It is clearly laid out and very easy to access. I wish that I had had a copy before embarking on keeping my wonderful and extremely intelligent ex-battery hens. I feel I would have avoided many of the mistakes I made initially with my long-suffering girls, despite reading many other books on the subject. I thoroughly recommend it for anyone considering keeping chickens, or indeed for those who already have hens, as it is a quick and easy reference guide, as well as being a thoroughly good read, for the odd problems which inevitably arise during the lives of chickens. If there is one very user-friendly book about keeping chickens that is invaluable, this has to be it. I also appreciated the fact that this edition was for keeping chickens specifically in the U.K. It would make a wonderful Christmas present! I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elise J. on 26 July 2012
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My son wanted to live on a farm. We live in the City. Difficult to reconcile the two... until we started to raise hens.

Our coop grew from 4 hens to 10 within a blink of the eye - but as new urban chicken farms, we really needed to figure out what we were doing.

I purchased Keeping Chickens for Dummies, UK Edition at a thrift store (sorry, Amazon) - but that didn't make it any less of an integral guide for our new farming adventures.

We learned a great deal about our birds and how to maintain them from this book.

Some other reviewer made mention of some of the remedies recommended in this book, and I too, found them a bit audacious! Sometimes a sick hen really needs to see a vet.

I usually get insulted by the "for Dummies" series - but since I was a novice - this was an apt title.

Find out about broody hens, how to build coops, types of feed to give layers at various points during their lives, how to detect illness, what to do with their poop....

This book is a no brainer to buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2011
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A very good and detailed overview of the world of keeping chickens but I was a bit disappointed at some of its focus and some of the omissions.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Oct. 2011
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Wanting to raise chickens without any idea or not having done it before?

Or have done but found a few issues or troubles?

Let this guide by your chicken bible ..... From the basics of chicken keeping, egg laying, housing, skin issues, to housing an all round great guide.

Now myself I haven't chickens at the moment just ducks a dog and pigs, but if wanting to this is the book I would follow for advice and guidance. I would recommend giving it to anyone just embarking on chicken keeping as a Christmas present as am sure it would go down great.

There were quite a few things both my husband and myself wondered about chickens and keeping them, have seen many at local farm shows etc this book answers all those and many more. Even down to building a chuck house..

The only one part I did avoid was the getting rid of part (death/killing). Not a vegetarian or anything, but the thought of giving them food for days and days and talking to them, then one day going in to dispose of one...... Then having to face the rest of them after the deed is done .... Well not for me, I prefer not to have fed the chicken first, but to pick it up ready plucked and inners removed from the local farm shop. Daft though it sounds and I know other people might laugh, and if they can feed, kill and eat fine by me ... But it is just one of those things that is not for me. The book does mention about the fact that if you can not kill it yourself then to take to local abattoir (not seen anyone in our village going in there with a live chicken though). Just coming out with ready made ones so to speak.

Wished there had been a 'Ducks' guide for Dummies bought out before we got ducks, would have saved all the fighting we had when I introduced a new duck to the flock.
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