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Raising backyard chickens has become a rave among homesteading enthusiasts. There is a surge in the number of backyard chicken farmers across the United States, and these numbers keep rising. This is unsurprising, as more and more people realize the benefits of keeping backyard chickens.

If you are reading this right now, you are probably seriously raising chickens. As simple as chicken-raising may sound, the art of raising backyard chickens is not so straightforward. To start your own backyard poultry farm, you need a guide to help you from start to finish.

Fortunately for you, and every other backyard chicken enthusiast, Backyard Chickens has been written as an authoritative guide and resource on everything you need to know about raising happy and healthy backyard chickens. This book covers important aspects of how to raise chickens, from how to choose the right breed to how to get your chickens to lay healthy eggs. The backyard chicken book is great for both beginners and chicken-rearing veterans.

From start to finish, the book promises to be an interesting and educating listen. To find out all about backyard chickens and how you can start your own backyard poultry farm, buy the audiobook and start your adventure today!

©2020 Catherine Xavier (P)2020 Catherine Xavier

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  • Dollie Ring
  • 28-04-2021

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No research or evidence shows or even conceptualize that brown eggs may be more nutritious than white eggs. So, whether your flock is laying white eggs or brown ones, just know that you are getting the nutrients you need.

Note that there is a lot of emphasis on the "No." Chickens are omnivorous, like humans. They can eat just about anything they find and care to eat. Your flock will eat snails, frogs, baby snakes, and other things that you may find horridly fascinating. Generally, they feed on weeds, grass, insects, seeds, leftovers, their main feed, and the tasty treats you feed to them. When you start raising your backyard chickens, you will see as they pick at the grass and weeds in the backyard and scratch through the earth to find things to eat. The good thing about this is that you know that your chickens don't ever have to go hungry as there are ready sources of food for them. However, don't forget that most of the nutritional properties they need come from the crumble feed or pellet you are supposed to feed to them. Therefore, don't attempt to substitute this for other things. Remember that the quality of the eggs you get from your chickens will be determined by the quality of foods you feed to them. As you see, hens are not very vegetarian.

Chickens can only be as dirty as the flock keeper allow. It is your job as the flock keeper to clean and keep the coop in good shape. And, the coop can only be as clean as you maintain it. Yes, chickens can litter the place with poop. But, as long as you have poop trays and you clean them out regularly, it won't be a problem. During the summer, poop tends to attract flies and other unwanted bugs. So, make sure you remove the trays and clean them every other day. A dirty and unclean chicken coop result in a "flystrike." This refers to when flies lay eggs on the mucky buttocks of a chicken. When the eggs hatch and turn to maggots, they start to eat all the filth on the rear-end, but once they’ve cleaned all that, they will start on the healthy flesh of the bird. Also, during summer, the fumes and smell from your birds' poop's ammonia can become pungent to the point where they affect your flock's respiratory and optical health.

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  • Williams
  • 02-05-2021

If you want to start raising chickens!

You stand to gain much more from raising chickens than just the fresh and delicious eggs. Another benefit of raising chickens is that it provides an opportunity for education. Owning a backyard flock is a sure way of teaching your kids, if any, where food comes from. The more comfortable your family becomes with your chickens, the more they come to understand the value of chickens. It is essential that children at least know where food comes from. A lot of kids believe that food comes from the grocery store. As a kid, you likely knew that eggs came from hens, but you also probably didn't care what the whole process entailed. Children learn to respect animals more when they know that their foods come from them. Also, chickens are much easier to care for, unlike other animals. Once you have set up your backyard flock, they will require very little care daily. All the hens need from you are food, shelter, and regular exercise. That is right – chickens need exercise too. The only time you will need to invest considerable time and effort is when you are building your chicken coop and preparing a new home for your flock. After you have established everything, you may not spend more than ten minutes a day to ensure the flock has enough food, water, and scraps. You can also check for eggs during this time. If you allow your hens to the free-range outside of their coop, you might need to clean out every three to four weeks. You will also need to hose your back patio more regularly.

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  • Terry
  • 10-05-2021

For any chicken enthusiast.

This audiobook contains everything you need to know about raising a flock in your backyard, from choosing the right breed and building a chicken coop to feeding your chickens and caring for them. If you don't already know why raising chickens might even be right for you, this book offers a detailed insight into the benefits of raising chickens. Written in simple and straightforward language, this book also provides helpful information on the things you need to do before you choose your chicken breed or bring the flock home. It also offers information on the different kinds of chicken and how you can choose one that suits your lifestyle. That isn't all you will gain from this incredible book, though. In case you didn't know, chickens can also be given socialization training. You will find a chapter that provides a step-by-step guide on how you can socialize your flock. More importantly, there are tips, tricks, and techniques on how you can care for your chickens to make them as big and happy as you want. Some of the ways to make your flock happy include feeding and protecting them. How exactly do you do this? This is another information you will find in Backyard Chicken. As a plus, there is also a chapter dedicated to teaching you how to build a chicken coop in your backyard. You will find this very helpful as you won't need to hire anybody to build the coop for you, meaning you get to save money!

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  • Morris
  • 11-05-2021

Now I want chickens!

If you are considering chickens, new to chickens, struggling with your chickens, or are experienced and want to expand your knowledge this is an excellent course.

The subject coverage is comprehensive and Catherine's style left me feeling that I had an extended personal visit with an expert. I've had chickens for years. I still loved the course and learned a lot.

Catherine does a great job at making this a very personal experience.

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  • Anne Vierra
  • 20-05-2021

Great book if you are into .......................

Great book if you are into backyard chicken keeping.
As if you didn’t have enough to do? It does look like fun and the eggs will be such a great reward.

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  • Ernest Vasquez
  • 20-05-2021

Raising Chickens

Within few years, the idea of raising chickens in the backyard has become increasingly popular across the United States. You probably have one or more neighbors with poultry in the back of their home. If you have neighbors like this, you may be lucky enough to get a fresh supply of eggs from them occasionally. However, what is really better – getting fresh eggs from your neighbors from time to time or starting your own backyard poultry? Many people consider the idea of raising hens in the backyard crazy. After all, what normal person wants to deal with all that noise and smell from the hens? If you look beyond the smell and noise, though, there are tons of benefits that come from raising hens in your own backyard. There is more than one reason why you should raise chickens, and these reasons together trump any misgivings that you may have about rearing chickens in your home. Even though the number one reason why many homeowners decide to start home poultry is egg, there are many more benefits of raising chickens in the backyard.

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  • Jeffery Anderson
  • 19-05-2021

Want chickens? This book is for you!

This course is just so easy to use and understand. Before taking up the course my biggest worry was not having face-to-face interaction. Nevertheless, the lecturer delivered the online course so intuitively that I cant wait to put all I learnt into practice. I would recommend this course to anyone who has got an interest in starting up a broiler chicken project.

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  • Tracy Taylor
  • 19-05-2021

Tackles the Tough Subjects in Chicken Keeping.

The information that i was provided with was really helpful, but I think that there could be a bit mor information for the beginners. Also it was good that in some lectures there is ways to build stuff for the chickens. In some way I'd prefer the teacher actually ingadge with the student, but the lectures themselves were very helpful and understendable

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  • James Vinson
  • 19-05-2021

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Chickens are known to be great at tilling soil. Basically, this means that they can perfectly mix the upper layer of soil with the mulch. As they scratch and dig at the ground, they are helping your build a nice little garden bed, which is perfect for you. Garden beds raised by chickens accommodate more produce and require less water.

Like dogs, chickens have personality, and this makes them quite interesting animals. Anyone that is part of a chicken forum must have heard the term "chicken TV" at least once. This term describes the act of sitting on your deck or porch for hours just to watch your flock and be entertained. Many chicken owners believe that watching their flock is entertaining, as well as therapeutic. There are chicken owners who just can't help but treat their flock like they treat their dogs and other regular pets. It is not uncommon to become attached to your flocks after starting backyard poultry. You may even end up giving your hens interesting and names. If you choose to train them, you will find your chickens to be almost as tame as dogs. All of this is due to the personality of chickens and their ability to endear anyone towards them.

Your backyard flock can become a part of your family, just like your dog or cat.

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  • Sidney Shook
  • 16-05-2021

keep in mind

The ability to lay eggs vary from breed to breed, and chicken to chicken. Some hen breeds were developed to produce eggs at an unusually fast rate. On the other hand, heritage chicken breeds may produce an egg every one or two days. During winter, all hens instinctively slow down the rate at which they lay eggs due to the temperature and the shorter days. Egg-laying also slows down the older the hens become. You should also keep in mind that egg productivity may be affected by health, illness, and seasonal molting. So, don't expect your flock to lay eggs every single day.

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