Choosing and Keeping Chickens Paperback – 15 Nov 2006
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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.
About the Author
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book about keeping chickens and a very fast service within 24hrs after placing a order with them I got the order through.Published 5 months ago by D.W Staples
Bought this after aquiring some chickens! V informative and easy to read!Published 6 months ago by D. Hammersley
Book arrived in good time, a little worn and the front cover has the corner torn off but as it was "used" then only to be expected and doesn't affect the information... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. Janet Valentine