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How to Raise Chickens: Everything You Need to Know, Updated & Revised

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Award-winning author Christine Heinrichs (Cambria, CA) serves as historian for the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities and advises numerous zoos, museums, and living-history farms on rare breeds.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nice Picture, Light on Useful Content March 5 2013
By Aaron U. Bolin - Published on
Format: Flexibound
I purchased this book along with four baby chicks, because I wanted to know how to raise chickens. The book talks around the topic of raising chickens but never delivers any practical, useful, how-to advice for someone who actually wants to raise a few chicks. You get the history of chickens, flock management and breading, showing chickens, and health care. There is nothing about necessary supplies, feed and caring, cleaning and coop management, egg safety and sanitation, or butchering.

On the bright side, the pictures of chickens were very pretty. The book was visually very appealing -- just light on useful content.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Respect for chickens Nov. 27 2013
By Elizabeth Bettenhausen - Published on
Format: Flexibound
Remembering chickens from farm life decades ago, I picked up How to Raise Chickens: Everything You Need to Know by Christine Heinrichs. If you’ve never seen a live chicken close-up or you wonder how the eggs in the omelet could taste better, read this book. If you want chickens to be raised with skillful care, read this book.
Heinrichs writes about chicken breeds, caring for chickens, showing chickens, and the history of chickens. She writes as if she and the reader were sitting in the sunshine outside sipping chamomile tea and talking about chickens. Her expertise comes through words and photos, graphs and diagrams, glossaries and technical topics. Homemade cookies accompany the tea, with a hen clucking for crumbs.
The author’s clear perspective speaks through content artfully displayed on every page. An Internet search to find the information in this readable book would take many months, and the charm of the book’s aesthetic passion would still be missing.
The American Poultry Association guides the raising of chickens with the American Standard of Perfection. The author says that raising chickens “toward perfection [is] well worth the effort.” So is reading this book, even if you won’t raise chickens but do have a healthy curiosity about the world. How to Raise Chickens engages you with respect and lives up finely to this advice. If your chickens win awards in poultry shows, Heinrich writes, “Be a gracious winner. Kind words of fellowship and encouragement are always welcome.”
The book demonstrates that advice with great factual information, wisdom, fine writing, and contagious enthusiasm for chickens. A gracious winner indeed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book Aug. 27 2013
By Dennis Bender - Published on
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This book was very informative and has been a great resource for our 4H, FFA and backyard urban farming activities.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Heinrichs has written the ultimate how to raise chickens book ❤ Nov. 21 2013
By Sam P. - Published on
Format: Flexibound
I bought this book at the urging of a friend and was not disappointed. Not only is it chock full of essential information on how to raise a chicken, not only is it full of really beautiful pictures, the text is written in a great, easy-to-read manner that just sucked me in and kept me reading. I love this author's style! Wish she would put out a book on raising rabbits ❤
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How to Raise Chickens April 10 2013
By Sherry Brisco - Published on
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Really found the book informative on how to build coops, different breeds of chickens, feeds. About all I needed to know about backyard chickens.