Raising Chickens for Eggs and Food
Table of Contents
It Is Just Chicken Feed
Sustainable Poultry Feed
Crop bound Chickens
Best Natural Food for Chickens
How to Make an Incubator
Fresh Water Supply
Free Ranging Birds
Dust baths and Shed Floor Covering
Building Your Own Chicken Coop
Raising Broilers for the Market
Well Ventilated Coops
Protecting chickens from Predators
The Truth about Growth Promoting Feed
Ever since man found out that it was extremely easy to have domesticated sources of food, reared right in his yard, millenniums ago, is it a wonder that poultry especially chicken farming is one of the best methods to get easy access to a good source of food for your family?
There is absolutely no country in the world, except perhaps the Arctic regions, – where man has not reared ducks, chickens and other poultry for table purposes down the centuries.
Apart from these being an easy source of eggs to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, you also knew that you would have a tough old rooster for dinner, when a large number of family members popped in unexpectedly, demanding sustenance.
We are going to be concentrating on chicken farming, for domestic purposes in this book. You have this dream of raising chickens in your backyard. You are interested in a continuous supply of eggs, and the occasional chicken for your pot of a Sunday. Layers are those chickens, which are normally raised for egg production. The chickens which are going to go straight into the pot are called broilers.
Since ancient times, human beings have been raising poultry for domestic purposes and also for marketing purposes.
Poultry farming has been a part of rural life in the east down the centuries. All the kitchen waste was fed to the hens. These hens came under the 21st century poultry farming term – free ranging. That meant they were allowed to scratch about in the backyard, getting their fill of insects, worms, green vegetables, organic matter, and was it a wonder that they laid delicious, nutritious, and proteinaceous eggs?
Every intelligent householder kept three or four hens depending on the size of his family, and he bought a cock from the market, when he needed chickens. Once a clutch of chickens was hatched, Cocky Locky went into the cook pot.
One of the common mistakes made by new poultry farmers is buying a large number of birds, because they are not very clear about whether they want these words for home consumption or they want to trade in the eggs and poultry meat.
Around 50 years ago, one of my father’s colleagues was facing this problem. He had this huge garden and backyard. He had heard about dad rearing poultry in that garden successfully. So he also wanted to experiment in this exciting new activity which would keep his family well supplied with eggs, and fresh meat.
So the next time dad went visiting to his base on a tour, he asked dad the best way to raise birds without too much of a hassle. You are going to get these easy tips in the book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: It’s What You Do With What You’ve Got That Matters
Proper management includes keeping your pastures in good shape.
Chapter 2: Moo, Bah, Cluck And Oink
Chapter 3: Eat Your Veggies
Chapter 4: Fruits, Herbs And Flowers
There’s a little bit of pioneer spirit in all of us. We can’t help it…it’s in our blood. For some this pioneer spirit shows itself in someone’s determination to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. But for others, this pioneer spirit takes them back to their roots…literally; giving them the desire to be self-sufficient to the greatest extent possible.
If you are reading this book you are most likely someone wanting to be more self-sufficient. Good for you! With the cost of food going higher and higher every week (literally) and the nearly-constant revelations of the negative effects of chemicals, processed foods and other things we ingest, it’s a shame more people aren’t willing to do more to get back to the basics of providing for themselves.
Yes, it’s true you may raise a few eyebrows or be asked if you’re hooked on reruns of “Little House on the Prairie”, but that’s okay. Besides, I bet those same people will be wishing they would have been a little less critical when you’re giving away excess produce.
Anyway…the purpose of this book is to give you the direction and encouragement you need to be able to be as self-sufficient as possible. So without further ado…let’s get started.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Being Prepared… it’s More than Just a Motto
Chapter 2: Fencing
Chapter 3: The Three Essentials—Food, Water and Shelter
Chapter 4: I Pick Ewe
Chapter 5: Hello, my Name is Shepherd
Most people consider sheep to be cute, wooly…and dumb. These same people would be wrong. The truth of the matter is sheep are cute and wooly, but as for being dumb…while it is true that some breeds of sheep are less resilient than others and don’t do very well in the mothering department, the word ‘trusting’ is a much more appropriate adjective to describe these wonderful (yes, wonderful!) animals.
There are a few other adjectives which aptly describe sheep: manageable, functional and profitable. Whether you have a couple of acres or a couple of hundred acres—sheep have much to offer in the way of an agricultural venture as long as you do it right. That’s where this book comes in.
“I cannot tell you how many times I’ve turned people away wanting to buy sheep; telling them to come see me when they are actually ready to buy.” –Darla Noble
That’s what this book is all about; getting you ready to raise sheep. Based upon the assumption that you’ve decided that’s what you want to do, we will tell you:
*How to prepare yourself and your property to raise sheep
*What you need to raise sheep
*How to select sheep for your farm
*The primary functions of a shepherd (that’s you!)
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Table of Contents
How to Choose the Best Turkeys for Breeding
Incubation of Turkey Eggs
How to Test Turkey Eggs
Housing Your Birds
Lean to Roosts
Ranging Baby Turkeys
Containers for Food
Feeding Your Turkeys
Fattening Your Turkey Chicks
How to Prepare a Turkey For Table
Did you know that turkeys are native to the New World- i.e North America, and have been around for millenniums? So, is it a wonder that when these delicious and pompous birds reached the shores of Europe in the 16th century, thanks to the traders in West Indies and Spain, they were immediately added to exotic and popular fare. And since then, a turkey dinner, especially on Thanksgiving and on Christmas was soon a part of the social fabric.
Turkeys may not be eaten as often as you eat chicken, but you can always have them for Turkey sandwiches. Turkish traders and merchants brought them to Europe by ship, and that is why the name “turkey” became synonymous with this unusually funny looking and self-important birds strutting about in your backyard.
Once upon a time there were also called the Indian fowl. I was under the impression that that was because the Native Americans were called Indians at that time. They knew the value of this bird and hunted it regularly.
That was until I found out that the “Indian” part of the name came from the European tendency of naming exotic birds, with the names of exotic lands. So the Catalans called it Gall d’inde and the French also called it Poulet d’inde meaning fowl from India.
In Hebrew, it is called Tarnegol Hodu – rooster of India. And the irony is that in Turkey, it is called Hindi which means related to India! In reality, Indians of India did not know about this bird until the Britishers brought it to India for their turkey dinners in the late 18th and 19th century.
But these are native birds living for millenniums in the North American continent. Wild turkeys also known to the first settlers as “gobblers” soon became a part of the dining table, and the Puritans must have been really surprised at such a show of pomp and colorful splendor in a gobbler.
Do you love eggs and chickens? If yes, then you got to have your own flock of chickens in your backyard. Raising chickens in the city, is that even possible? Yes, it is possible. Chickens are the new favorite pets of many people.
Some places don't allow you to keep chickens at homes, but the list of places who are relaxing their laws and ordinances is growing day by day. So, if you are a city dweller and would like to get your hands on some fresh eggs, keep a flock of your own hens.
But why this interest in raising chickens? The reasons are simple. They are quite inexpensive to keep. It costs about $1-$10 to raise one hen. You will spend around $500 on an average on a coop. This is a one-time expenditure. Feeding them will cost around $5 per month. Keep around $10 per month unexpected expenses on raising 3 hens and that's it!
You get to eat your own fresh eggs. You also know what the hens producing the eggs have been eating. So, compared to your factory farmed poultry and eggs you have a safer and healthier alternative.
These eggs are also more nutritious and taste better than the eggs of battery hens. They contain a much higher content of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, and folate. At the same time, the cholesterol and saturated fat found in the eggs of free-range hens is much lower than those of battery hens.
Besides this, chickens are excellent pets for children. Their manure can be used for composting since it is high in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. They will also eat up all the weeds, slugs and seeds leftover after you have harvested your vegetable garden along with various pests.
In short, chickens are a wonderful pet, and even your small kid can take good care of them with a little bit of guidance from you.
But the problem is where and how to start? Not to worry. Read this guide and you will know how and where to begin. You will learn everything from buying your coop and chickens to cleaning and storing your eggs in this guide. So, let's get started with your own flock of chickens!
This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink?s relationship have appeared on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share.
Table of Contents
Raising Ducks in Your Backyard
Dabbling Ducks and Diving Ducks
Incubation of Ducklings
Cleaning duck eggs
Ducks and drakes
Housing Your Ducks
How to Make a Grass Run
Keeping a Small Flock
Traditional House Dimensions
Preventing Flight over Netting
Breeding Ducks for the Table.
Ducks and Water
Feeding Your Ducks.
Layers Mash for Ducks
What is Grass Meal?
What is Bean Meal?
It must have been somewhere, and some time millenniums ago, when man found that the Mallard and Muscovy that he hunted in the marshes, and brought home to his family was a bird which could be domesticated.
One is not very certain about which particular civilization decided that duck brought up in your own farmyard, was a good source of eating for the whole family. Roast duck, broiled duck, duck with seasonings and herbs, even wild duck, along with their cousins, the geese and the swans made excellent fare especially during times, when other food resources were not so easily available.
Geese and swans are definitely not considered ducks, though they belong to the same family. The original ancestral species is the same, even though the characteristics differ. Geese and swans are larger in size and can be found in seawater, as well as in freshwater. Ducks are smaller in size, but prefer freshwater habitats.
In the same manner, you should not confuse ducks with other aquatic birds like divers, coots and grebes. All of them are good eating, but they are unrelated, except for their liking for water.
Apart from the meat content and eggs, ducks have also been reared for their soft down. Drakes are larger in size, when compared to the female ducks.
Some of the popular species are Muscovy ducks, Mallards Paradise Shelduck and Aylesbury . The bills are long, broad and sometimes, they are serrated so that the ducks can feed on easily filtered aquatic plant and animal species.
A duck shoot has always been a popular occupation of people who enjoy hunting for gain, especially when you are shooting these birds on the wing. A duck cannot fly when it is molting, and it normally molts before the duck group’s migration to a warmer climate.
and you will find Mary Britton Clouse’s Chicken Run Rescue. Over the years, Mary
and her husband have given hundreds of homeless birds a safe place to rest until they
can be adopted by caring families.
Each chicken has a story to share, and the debut author Christine Heppermann
(who adopted her own chicken) has crafted a spare, moving, and at times humorous
text that will open young readers’ eyes and also inspire to help all creatures great and
Come along and find out why lovable chickens are actually, according to Mary, “the
ones who need friends the most.”
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- How to choose the kind of goat to raise
- How to help your goats stay healthy
- What to feed your goats
- How to breed your goats
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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.
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Table of Contents
What are chickens?
What do chickens look like?
How do chickens act?
What do chickens eat?
Chickens and humans
Naked neck chickens
There are more chickens in the world than any other kind of bird. They are the staple of many farms, kept by farmers and country families alike. They are known as the “bird that gives birth every day” and have been around since ancient times.
Chickens were domesticated since long before we can remember. They are very important in many parts of the world for food and feathers, which help to keep us warm and comfy.
As a cheap way to have fresh eggs, chickens have grown more and more popular as pets. They also are not as vicious as geese, a similar animal that lays eggs and that humans use for food.
The chicken’s popularity will only grow in places like America and Canada as the allure of fresh eggs and having a unique pet catch people’s fancy. The chicken is already popular in other parts of the world.
The chicken comes in an astonishing amount of varieties, from bantams to naked necks to Cornish chickens. It has been a long time staple for the peoples of the world, and it will continue to be so long into the future.