How to Raise Chickens: Everything You Need to Know, Updated & Revised Flexibound – Jan 21 2013
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About the Author
Christine Heinrichs is the author of How to Raise Chickens and How to Raise Poultry (both Voyageur Press, 2013) and has won many awards over the course of her 30-year writing career. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Northern California Science Writers Association, and Ten Spurs, the honorary society of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. She is also a member of the American Poultry Association, where she serves on the Heritage Breeds Committee, the American Bantam Association, and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. She lives with her husband, chickens, and cat in Cambria, California.
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On the bright side, the pictures of chickens were very pretty. The book was visually very appealing -- just light on useful content.
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!
I've reared fowls, ducks and turkeys for many many years in my own yard and by learning from experience over the years I think I know quite a lot about them. I raised my chickens in such a way and trained them to go to there chicken coop when its evening to roost. I remember back when my grand parents used to raise chickens all they did was throw some corn in the morning and the evening for them and the rest of the day they go around the yard and forage around for there own food looking for insects etc. I on the other hand when I started to raise my own always had food throughout the day in there coop so whenever they feel to eat they just came into the coop and eat and back out to forage around for insects and eating a lot of green grass. Oh yes chickens love to eat plenty grass. One day one of my chicken got diarrhea and I had some baby medicine for diarrhea and tried it with a small teaspoon into its mouth and amazingly it got better the very next day. That is one of the things I've tried and was successful when raising my chickens plus many other things you'll use when your chickens get sick especially when they get worms and using some home remedy medicine to purge them from the worms.
What is striking for me in the book is the five toes chicken and that is the very first time I ever knew about those type of chickens (I've posted two pictures of them). Reading this little poem in the book was so exciting and thrilling for me that I must add it to my review.
[Quote] Robert Frost captured that fascination and pride in his poem about his favorite chicken:
Such a fine pullet ought to go
All coiffured to a winter show,
And be exhibited, and win,
The answer is this one has been—
And come with all her honors home,
Her golden leg, her coral comb,
Her fluff of plumage, white as chalk,
Her style, were all the fancy’s talk.
It seems as if you must have heard.
She scored an almost perfect bird.
In her we make ourselves acquainted
With one a Sewell might have painted.
Here common with the flock again,
At home in her abiding pen,
She lingers feeding at the trough,
The last to let night drive her off.
The one who gave her ankle-band,
Her keeper, empty pail in hand,
He lingers too, averse to slight
His chores for all the wintry night.
He leans against the dusty wall,
Immured almost beyond recall,
A depth past many swinging doors
And many litter-muffled floors.
He meditates the breeder’s art.
He has a half a mind to start,
With her for Mother Eve, a race
That shall all living things displace.
’Tis ritual with her to lay
The full six days, then rest a day;
At which rate barring broodiness
She may well score an egg success.
The gatherer can always tell
Her well-turned egg’s brown shapely shell,
As safe a vehicle of seed
As is vouchsafed to feathered breed.
No human specter at the feast
Can scant or hurry her the least.
She takes her time to take her fill.
She whets a sleepy sated bill.
She gropes across the pen alone
To peck herself a precious stone.
She waters at the patent fount
And so to roost, the last to mount.
The roost is her extent of flight,
Yet once she rises to the height,
She shoulders with a wing so strong
She makes the whole flock move along.
The night is setting in to blow.
It scours the windowpane with snow,
But barely gets from them or her
For comment a complacent chirr.
The lowly pen is yet a hold
Against the dark and wind and cold
To give a prospect to a plan
And warrant prudence in a man.
—Robert Frost [End Quote]
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