Start a great DIY project, and build a chicken coop with these how-to drawings and conceptual plans for 45 different designs — from strictly practical to flights of fancy — guaranteed to meet the needs of every chicken owner.
Keeping chickens isn’t just a common practice on homestead settings, it’s also taking the urban community by storm. Whether you’re raising a flock in the suburbs or on a small farm, the articles found in Community Chickens Guide to Backyard Chickens will help you learn to keep and maintain a flock of your own.
From creating the right pre-slaughter conditions to killing, skinning, keeping cold, breaking the meat down, and creating cuts of meat you'll recognize from the market, Danforth walks you through every step, leaving nothing to chance. He also covers food safety, freezing and packaging, and tools and equipment.
These units can be funded, built and used by a community of small farmers, or you can develop one by yourself and use it as part of a business. The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse covers the mechanics of constructing the unit, government regulations, the permitting process, sanitation, safety, and much more.
GRIT's 2011 Guide to Backyard Chickens E-book includes an extensive collection of relevant articles, including:
This reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.
This guide to raising chickens and other poultry has everything you need to know from choosing and raising poultry to the benefits of heritage chickens.
Get ready to jump into the world of chickens, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising chickens doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you can make everything your flock needs for their health and safety.
Caughey shares her advice in an engaging way so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens and what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to thrive. She also suggests lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard.
A must-have for every backyard chicken keeper, Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics goes beyond introductory lessons and explores the realities of raising a flock for eggs -- and entertainment, of course! From odd eggs and molting to feeding and preparing for the seasons, this book covers the subjects beginner books don't adequately address and re-examines common knowledge that may not actually hold true. It's a resource to turn to time and again for expert advice to make sure your birds are happy, healthy, and productive.
Author Pam Freeman, an editor and "Ask the Expert" columnist at Backyard Poultry magazine, draws on her years of experience fielding reader questions to identify and clearly explain many common - and some not-so-common - issues in chicken keeping. How do you add new chickens to your flock? What is the pecking order and how can you change or control it? Is it better to raise chicks by hand or with a broody hen? What do you do when you collect eggs and discover: lash eggs, calcium deposits, soft eggs, eggs within eggs, or wrinkled eggs? In Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics, readers will find not just answers, but a book full of "coop truth" that helps them continue on their journey. Because as every chicken owner knows: Chickens are individuals and real-life chicken keeping often takes you far from the beaten path.
The homesteading adventures of Jenna Woginrich have caught the imagination of thousands who dream of a more self-sufficient lifestyle. As she learns to farm by trial and error, she records her offbeat observations and poignant moments with honesty, humility, and humor.
The age-old question of which comes first is finally answered in Chicken and Egg! For the purposes of egg-centric chicken keepers, it's the egg! A new approach to chicken keeping, Chicken and Egg is specifically geared toward hobby farmers and casual chicken keepers who wish to produce eggs of a particular color, flavor, and type. Whether the reader desires the delectable turquoise eggs of the Araucana or the chocolate brown eggs of the Blue Copper Maran, learn how it's possible to put the egg before the chicken. Written by two expert poultry breeders and specialists, Andy Cawthray and James Hermes, this new colorful handbook offers an edifying overview of the natural history of chickens and the science of egg production so that keepers better understand how to care for egg-layers, improve the quality of their eggs through diet and housing, and maximize their egg production for years to come. The authors have rounded up a few dozen chicken breeds and offer their hardboiled advice about which hens offer the most egg-cellent daily output.
Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, your community, and food by raising chickens? Are you looking for suggestions on how to reduce waste, repurpose material, and recycle everything else? This package of two useful books from the Chicken Whisperer will guide you through it.
THE CHICKEN WHISPERER'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS:
Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer (poultry personality Andy Schneider) teach you everything he knows … and everything you need to know … about raising a backyard flock!
CHICKEN WHISPERER'S GUIDE TO ZERO-WASTE CHICKEN KEEPING:
With this book, chicken keepers will save money, improve production, support sustainability, and use fewer resources overall.
With the Chicken Whisperer’s step-by-step insights and how-to secrets, your life with chickens will be more fruitful, less expensive, and better for the planet.
As raising chickens becomes more popular, the information you’re able to search through is more widespread. The Community Chickens Guide to Backyard Chickens Set, includes three special issues that will prove a great starting point to help you raise your new feathered friends. From helping you choose the right breed to showing you the benefits of keeping chickens in the garden, all the information you’ll need is packed into these three issues.
Keeping chickens is a wonderfully rewarding experience on the homestead or in your urban community. Whether you have 5 chicks or 500, the articles found in Community Chickens Guide to Backyard Chickens, 2nd Edition will provide you with valuable information to keep your flock safe, healthy, and thriving.
From choosing the perfect breed for your situation to making delicious recipes with your bounty of eggs, this guide will help you from start to finish. The special issue gives an inside look at all things related to flocks, as well as providing you the opportunity to explore topics such as raising healthy chicks, preparing for the winter months, protecting your flocks from outside predators, and more! No matter your skill level, you will want this resource for all your chicken-related questions.
• The Best Backyard Chicken Breeds for Kids
• Why Raise Heritage Livestock?
• Seven Safety Tips for Free-Ranging Chickens
• Treating and Preventing Lice on Chickens
• Affordable Ways to Keep Your Flock Warm
• And more!
There’s a lot more to keeping chickens than bringing them home and watching them grow up. As they grow from egg to mature hen or rooster, the information available for how to best take care of your flock is plentiful. The Community Chickens Guide to Backyard Chickens, 3rd Edition is the perfect place to start your research. You’ll learn how to prevent and treat sick chicks, what breeds thrive in certain climates, the proper care for baby chicks, tips for protecting your flock from predators, and more! Whether you’re a new flock owner or have been raising chickens for years, this special issue will set you up with the information you need to help your feathered friends stay healthy and thrive.
This is the book that tells you just about everything you need to know to raise poultry on pasture, from the egg up through processing. Based on years of hands-on experiences -- both success and failures -- the authors hold back nothing about the realities, advantages, disadvantages and rewards of small-scale poultry production systems for income and community food self-sufficiency.
When was the last time you tasted a really fresh egg? Most commercially produced eggs spend time in storage and become stale. There’s a big difference, too, between poultry raised commercially and raised at home. Commercial eating birds live out their brief spans in totally artificial surroundings, but home-grown chickens can result in better flavor and firmer texture.
Roll up your sleeves and build a better farm!
Loaded with complete plans and easy-to-follow construction tips, this book offers a creative mix of both practical and decorative projects for working and hobby farms. Veteran family farmers and 4-H alumni Samantha and Daniel Johnson present 20 essential projects for aspiring homesteaders. From log jacks, rabbit hutches, and milking stands to a weather vane and a barn quilt, each hands-on project includes clear step-by-step color photographs to guide the reader.
An introduction to the DIY mindset, the book explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourself (and it provides an overview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each task). Farm DIY also includes a background discussion of farming today, as well as instructions for building an effective farmer’s market display stand for selling your products.
Inside Farm DIY:
• 20 step-by-step, do-it-yourself projects for creating the farm of your dreams
• Build practical items like fences, gates, bee houses, log jacks, rabbit hutches and milking stools
• Make fun items like a weather vane, barn quilt, and goat seesaw
• Create an attractive display stand for selling your products at farmers markets
• Easy-to-complete projects that all feature inexpensive materials and basic techniques