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  • BEYOND THE CHICKEN

    In this book, poultry-expert Kelly Klober explores the world of poultry beyond the chicken. Filled with humorous personal anecdotes and practical advice on feeding, housing, pricing and marketing, this book is a must-read for any lover of poultry, especially the small farmer seeking an alternative to the ubiquitous chicken.

    Item: 7284

    Author: Kelly Klober

    Format: Paperback

  • CHICKEN DIY

    The popularity of egg-laying chickens is on the rise. Sustainable and fun, raising chickens is one of the most interesting and rewarding backyard hobbies you can find. In Chicken DIY, aspiring chicken farmers will find creative plans and easy-to-follow construction tips for making a safe and healthy environment for their fine-feathered friends. Veteran farmers and poultry enthusiasts Samantha and Daniel Johnson provide complete and easy-to-follow instructions for 20 essential projects, from coops and feeders to runs, ramps, roosts, and incubators. Clear step-by-step color photographs guide the reader through each hands-on project.

    Inside Chicken DIY:

    • How to prepare and build a safe and healthy environment for your backyard flock
    • 20 hands-on projects for chicken coops, roosts, runs, ramps, feeders, waterers, nest boxes, egg incubators, and more
    • Clear step-by-step color photographs
    • Overview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each project
    • Complete, thorough, and easy-to-follow instructions
    • “Why DIY?” section explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourself
    • Bonus chapter takes a fascinating look at the history of chicken-keeping and DIY chicken projects through history
    Item: 8647

    Author: Daniel & Samantha Johnson

    Format: Paperback

  • THE BACKYARD CHICKEN BOOK: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

    If your family is among the growing number interested in raising chickens for eggs or meat, The Backyard Chicken Book contains all the essential information for hatching, brooding, rearing, and managing family-sized poultry flocks.
    Item: 7135

    Author: H. Lee Schwanz

    Format: Paperback

  • THE CHICKEN KEEPER'S PROBLEM SOLVER

    While keeping chickens certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as housing, feeding, breed choice and health.

    Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud … and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longtime chicken keeper and poultry expert Chris Graham guide you through 100 common problems faced by chicken keepers. You'll discover in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each issue is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into 10 chapters covering the main areas of chicken keeping, from health and housing to parasites and predators. Don't let a simple problem ruin your love for chicken keeping. The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver has the answers you need!

    Item: 7704

    Author: Chris Graham

    Format: Paperback

  • THE CHICKEN WHISPERER'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS

    Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community and your food sources? 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! Ditch the super-technical manuals and enjoy Andy's unique, common-sense perspective in The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens. This fun, comprehensive guide is a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle.

    Inside, you’ll learn:
    • The Benefits of a Backyard Chicken Flock
    • So You're Eggspecting: The Art of Incubation
    • The Art of Brooding
    • Home Sweet Home: Coops & Runs
    • Nutrition, Health and Wellness
    • …and much more!
    Item: 5862

    Author: Andy Schneider

    Format: Paperback

  • POULTRY BREEDS: THE POCKET GUIDE TO 104 ESSENTIAL BREEDS

    Poultry Breeds is a fresh field guide of feathered friends with stunning photos highlighting the beauty and unique attributes of 104 chicken, duck, goose, and turkey breeds. Each profile outlines the bird’s history, physical characteristics, and common uses, with specially noted fun facts sprinkled throughout. This pocket-size, browsable guide is easy to use, and author Carol Ekarius knows her birds: She has been writing about livestock for nearly 20 years and has raised her own for decades.

    Item: 8162

    Author: Carol Ekarius

    Format: Paperback

  • CHICKEN TRACTOR

    The definition of a chicken tractor has evolved to mean employing your chickens skill-sets in a variety of different tasks that benefit you, your garden and yard. The chickens peck and scratch the soil to clean your beds, eat pest bugs and weed seeds, and fertilize the beds with their manure. Best of all, they provide eggs and meat with that old-fashioned flavor and homegrown goodness.

    Expanded, updated and even more detailed. Learn how to raise homestead flocks for eggs, meat and money. Loads of photos and diagrams make important information visual and easy to understand.

    Process birds in your backyard with exact, step-by-step explanations. Over 50 processing photos and diagrams—to let you do it right, efficiently and humanely each and every time.

    This incredibly popular hands-on book is a grass-roots best seller. It has helped thousands of folks have better gardens and has rekindled an interest in the backyard flocks and heritage breeds of poultry. It has literally, changed the lives of millions of chickens all over the world by taking them out of factory farms, and putting in the gardens where they are happier, more productive and healthier.

    Item: 6030

    Author: Pat Foreman

    Format: Paperback

  • PURE POULTRY

    Houdan. Nankin. Indian Runner. Narragansett. These may sound like exotic place names or unusual varieties of produce, but each actually refers to one of the many hundreds of lesser-known poultry breeds that tempt the livestock owner who's prepared to venture into less-familiar territory. Providing an alternative to commercial breeds and hybrids, heritage breeds each boast their own unique characteristics and personality traits, and are a valuable (and entertaining) addition to a sustainable food system.

    Pure Poultry is the first book in nearly 100 years to focus specifically on heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys and ducks and their role in a self-reliant lifestyle. This timely, beautifully illustrated resource includes:

    • Detailed guidelines on everything from housing, breeding and day-to-day care to processing, cooking and preserving
    • Much-needed information on using heritage breeds for egg and meat production
    • Tips, inspiration, recommended reading and additional resources
    • A unique planning worksheet that simplifies the process of starting out with poultry

    Brimming with quiet humor, Pure Poultry is an immensely readable how-to and why-to resource. Based entirely on her personal experience, author Victoria Redhed Miller includes plenty of lessons learned the hard way. Pure Poultry shows how heritage-breed poultry can enhance and deepen anyone's quality of life, whether you have a farm, a small backyard, or a neighbor with space to share.

    Item: 6848

    Author: Victoria Redhed Miller

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SUBURBAN CHICKEN

    Written by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart, The Suburban Chicken shares the author’s knowledge on general chicken husbandry, profiles of 20 suitable breeds for suburban living, how to provide your birds with optimal accommodations, and the health care needs of chickens (among other important topics about which prospective chicken owners should be familiar).

    Item: 7863

    Author: KRISTINA MERCEDES URQUHART

    Format: Paperback

  • THE MOBILE POULTRY SLAUGHTERHOUSE

    If you are raising chickens, turkeys or other poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane, local slaughterhouse, this guide shows you how to put together a slaughtering and processing unit that will accommodate any type of poultry and can be moved from farm to farm. 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.

    Item: 6782

    Author: Ali Berlow

    Format: Paperback

  • POPULAR POULTRY BREEDS

    Popular Poultry Breeds examines 40 popular breeds of chickens and bantams. Most breeds exist in several plumage color varieties, and in large and bantam (miniature) size versions, all of which are also included in this comprehensive book.

    Item: 6972

    Author: David Scrivener

    Format: Hardcover

  • DAY RANGE POULTRY

    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. Offering hard to find information on raising turkeys, small-scale breeder flocks and incubation production, the book also includes a foreword by everybody's favorite contrary farmer, Gene Logsdon.

    Item: 6693

    Author: Pat Foreman, Andy Lee

    Format: Paperback

  • FREE-RANGE CHICKEN GARDENS

    Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit — chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens.

    In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.

    For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Range Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

    Item: 5913

    Author: Jessi Bloom

    Format: Paperback

  • THE POWER OF POULTRY: BREEDING A BETTER BIRD; ASHEVILLE, NC

    Note: A separate pass is required for this workshop. This workshop can only be accessed by weekend or preferred seating passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance weekend pass or preferred seating pass to the North Carolina FAIR. Passes will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event. Please save your order confirmation.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS in collaboration with The Livestock Conservancy and author/speaker Patricia Foreman present this half day intensive breakout session scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 29.

    Now that you have a coop and are comfortable with raising chickens maybe you are thinking of making the leap to become a breeder or maybe you just want to learn what it takes to go there? In this interactive session, you will learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time, you can make great improvements to your flock, which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds.

    This session will include hands-on instruction for handling live chickens for the purpose of breeding birds and their evaluation as well as hands on egg selection from a variety of quality and ages. (Please note: Schedule subject to change.)

    12:30-1:30 – Hands-on Chickens

    There are ways to handle chickens that result in lower stress for the birds and ensure they are handled safely while they are being evaluated. Highlights in this section include:

    • Learn how to hold a chicken so it is comfortable, content, and secure.
    • Calm a bird in hand immediately without stress or trauma.
    • Restrict a bird for medical treatment.
    • Evaluating birds for selection as breeders
    • Methods of individual bird identification and tracking the flock’s progress

    1:30-3:00 – Incubation and Selecting the Best Eggs for High Hatch Rates and Healthy Chicks

    Incubating eggs is a life-skill that allows you to maintain self-perpetuating flocks. Highlights in this section include:

    • How to select Incubators that you can buy—or make.
    • Nutritional needs of the breeding flock prior to hatching season
    • Finding and setting the best eggs
    • How embryo development in the shell affects hatch-ability.
    • The critical phase of chicks hatching out.
    • The first week of chick-hood & chick nutrition for optimal health.

    3:00-4:30 – Protecting Your Investment - Predator Tips, Tricks and Techniques that can Keep Your Birds Safe and Alive.

    All carnivores love a chicken dinner. This puts every lawn and pastured flock at risk both urban and rural. There are many things flock owners can do to lessen the losses. This section dives deeply into ways of flock protection, including:

    • reflective deterrents
    • fencing strategies
    • pop-holes exposure and position
    • bird-scape design with plants and structures
    • canine poultry protectors and much more.

    This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

    This workshop is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Item: 8741

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/42/3 STARTER KIT (GREEN)- PREMIER 1

    Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. 42" tall.

    Choose this starter kit if you plan to move the fence daily/weekly and have heavy breeds such as Orpingtons and Wyandottes. Kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 42" PoultryNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 42" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester
    Item: 8338

    Format:

  • CHICKEN BROODER KIT WITH HEATING PLATE- PREMIER 1

    A basic brooder kit that is warmed with a heating plate. Heating plates warm at the base to simulate a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers. As the chicks grow, use the adjustable legs to increase the height of the plate above the bedding and chicks.

    Our starter kits include everything the flockmaster needs to set up a small brooder for up to 24 chicks: Heat source, reusable brooder panels, feeder, waterer, chick stand, and chick starter feed.

    Item: 8346

    Format:

  • BUILDING CHICKEN COOPS E-HANDBOOK

    Chicken-coop designs are as varied as the people who keep chickens. The best design for you depends on how many chickens you keep, your purpose in keeping them, their breed, your geographic location, and how much money you want to spend.

    This e-handbook shows you designs and helpful tips to make your chicken raising experience a successful one. Chapters include:

    • Twelve Tips for a Successful Coop Design
    • Providing Adequate Ventilation
    • Temperature Control
    • Choosing the Right Flooring
    • Putting Down Bedding
    • Installing Roosts
    • Nests and Nest Boxes
    • Choosing and Siting a Water Source
    • Tips and Advice for Keeping Chickens in Cages
    • Offering Access to a Yard
    • Raising Chickens Free on the Range



    The more adequate their shelter and surroundings, the healthier and more content your chickens will be.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

    Item: 3495
  • STOREY'S ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO POULTRY BREEDS

    More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, the ultimate primer for farmers and fanciers alike. Admire the handsome black and white plumage of Lakenvelder roosters, read the fascinating history of the Blue Hens of Delaware, and marvel at the petite size and toylike appearance of Call ducks. And if you’re curious to know which heritage turkeys are making a comeback, look no further. This definitive guide to North American barnyard and wild fowl includes a brief history of each breed, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography that celebrates the birds’ quirky personalities and charming good looks. If it’s fowl facts and photos you want, you’ll find them all here.

    Item: 4297

    Author: Carol Ekarius

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO SPEAK CHICKEN

    Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn?

    Item: 8639

    Author: Melissa Caughey

    Format: Paperback

  • CHICKEN BROODER KIT WITH HEAT LAMP- PREMIER 1

    A basic brooder kit that is warmed with our rugged and reliable Prima Heat Lamp™.

    Our starter kits include everything the flockmaster needs to set up a small brooder for up to 24 chicks: Heat source, reusable brooder panels, feeder, waterer, chick stand, and chick starter feed.

    Item: 8345

    Format:

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