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Chicken Manual: The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Keeping Chickens Hardcover – 4 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844257290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844257294
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Laurence Beeken has kept poultry for 20 years both as a back-garden hobby and for exhibition, showing at National level. He has contributed to Kitchen Garden magazine, providing articles and pictures covering all aspects of poultry-keeping, from egg to plate.


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Format: Hardcover
The descriptions and clear layout of this book are delivered in an easy, approachable style and I would actually recommend this book not only to the beginner but also to the more experienced poultry keeper.

Each chapter is expressed clearly with highly effective photos. Laurence has provided many of his own photographs for this book and for me, this really gave the book a personal touch. This is definitely a reference book you should have to hand on your bookshelf.

I thought the `Health Problems' section of the book was particularly good, so many books these days don't go into sufficient detail and so many simple health problems could be rectified without a costly trip to the vet with this information at hand.

Definately a must buy, well worth the money.
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Having just purchased 4 chickens and had a custom made run built for them, I realised I did not know the first thing about keeping chickens. A friend gave me a book called Choosing and Keeping Chickens (which was useful) but I had already ordered the Haynes Chicken Manual from Amazon. It crossed my mind that I could return it if it didn't have any more useful information than the book I already had.

However, when the Haynes Manual arrived, I was really impressed! It's a great book! I have read it from cover to cover and it's very easy reading and in lay terms (pardon the pun!) I have referred to it constantly since it arrived. When we had a soft shelled egg land in the run, I looked it up and realised it's normal for newly laying pullets to produce these to start with... when Nellie started sneezing, I looked it up and realised this too is normal. I am sure if I hadn't had this book to refer to, I would have had them all up the vets by now! :-) My 4 girls are happy and healthy and if we ever have any problems I know I can look them up in this easy to use manual. I would even advise that it's a great book to buy BEFORE you order your chickens (learn from my experience!)

For those of you who want to know a bit more about the manual, the contents of the book are as follows:
1) Introduction - Why keep chickens?
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Great pictures and a great book for information for any one starting out in poultry.

Gives you details of everything you need to know even plans to build you own coop.

The lot is covered from breeding to health care to what your eggs should be like.

All the basics are there on care and feeding even what you need in your first aid kit.

I will be recommending this book to all the people who buy chickens from me as a great start up book.

Simon Power
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I have several books on keeping chickens but this has to be the most in-depth and informative of them all. The section on health and disease is especially detailed and useful. Highly recommended.
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I bought this book because I wanted to start keeping a few chickens. The book is very useful in case you need generic information about keeping chickens, but I missed some practical information like: how much food does an average chicken need per day. The book says it depends on the breed so they can't say anything specific about it, but what they could have done at the least is give some guidelines... But it's still a handy book to have, it tells you a lot about breeding, chicken diseases etc.
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Brilliant - plenty of clear pictures, and loads of information written in a plain, easy to understand style. I will be referring to the tips throughout the season, and have already learnt a lot from the text. Thoroughly recommended for beginners as well as the more experienced poultry keeper.
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This book is excellent for those like myself who are just embarking on hen keeping. Good presentation and photos and clear text.
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This is without doubt the best chicken book that I have bought. Maybe doesn't have so much write up about the specific breeds as some books do but has lots of useful information in. Very colorful - very easy to read. My kids love to read through it too !!
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