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    DescriptionThis book, the latest innovative "Haynes Manual", will provide a complete and easy-to-understand reference for the growing band of people wishing to keep their own chickens for both food and pleasure. Pitched at the novice but also containing plenty to interest the experienced chicken-keeper, the book will contain no-nonsense advice, tips, facts and step-by step sequences, as well as plenty of relevant photographs and diagrams. As more people keep chickens nowadays than at any time since the Second World War, this book is a timely addition to the "Haynes" range.


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    Title
    Chicken Manual
    Subtitle
    The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Keeping Chickens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Laurence Beeken
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 200
    Width: 210 mm
    Height: 270 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844257294
    ISBN 10: 1844257290
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PET
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.4
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003020
    DC22: 636.5
    BIC subject category V2: WNGK
    Thema V1.0: WNGK
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Publisher
    HAYNES PUBLISHING GROUP
    Imprint name
    J H Haynes & Co Ltd
    Publication date
    02 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Somerset
    Author Information
    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.
    Table of contents
    Four major sections are devoted to 'Getting started', 'Keeping your chickens', 'Specialist information' and 'Problems'. Getting started: choosing a breed, the popular breeds (30 are highlighted), hybrids, other poultry, the various ways of acquiring chickens (including hatching your own). Keeping your chickens: daily care, seasonal care, feeding and watering, housing, security from predators (two-legged and four-legged), vermin (rats/mice, foxes, mink/stoats/weasels, pigeons, magpies/crows), laying (types of eggs, selling, regulations), first aid. Specialist information: anatomy and plumage, colours and markings, breeding (reproduction, mating, incubation, hatching, rearing), showing, conservation, dispatching (methods of killing, dressing). Problems: common diseases (includes simple diagnosis charts), biology, health, nutrition, bird 'flu facts. Step-by-step procedures will feature where relevant, in time-honoured Haynes style, and will include construction of a poultry house and brooder and how to use an incubator correctly.