Chickens Are Livestock, Too - A beginner’s guide to raising chickens
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Parts is Parts
Chapter 2: Which Chickens are for You
Chapter 3: Basic Chicken Care
Chapter 4: When Something Goes Wrong
Chapter 5: All About Egg
Chapter 6: What You Need and Where to Get It
“Who’d wanna eat a chicken?” asks the hen on Disney’s® animated movie, Home on the Range. The truth of the matter is, most people. Did you know that, according to the USDA, there are over 100 million chickens butchered every single day for human consumption in the United States? That’s a lot of chicken.
That figure isn’t taking into consideration the number of eggs consumed each day—fried, scrambled or used in cooking and baking. Needless to say, chickens are pretty important.
It’s no wonder that chickens are a favorite of so many wishing to have some sort of livestock to care for. Some even call them the city dweller’s answer to farming. This is because it is possible in most cities across the country to have under a dozen hens as long as you keep them confined to a coop and/or keep a wing clipped so they can’t fly. Sorry, though, no roosters allowed in town.
All of these facts led to the writing of this book; a basic beginner’s guide to raising chickens. This book will introduce you to the different types and breeds of chickens, how to care for your chickens, how to identify and treat problems in your chickens and give you the basics of setting up and maintaining a chicken coop and yard.
This book is not meant to serve as a replacement for guidance and education from those with years of experience in raising poultry and is not meant to replace the services of a veterinarian or other livestock expert. The purpose of this book is to give you the basics of poultry selection, care and management in order to enable you to have a healthy, productive flock of chickens.