Backyard Poultry Naturally: A Complete Guide to Raising Chickens & Ducks Naturally Paperback – Jan 31 2007
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We will be raising chickens soon, and I absolutely LOVE the section on this book on caring for and preventing common chicken maladies by incorporating various herbs in bedding, feed, water, and even topically on the chickens. Both acute treatment and tonic nourshment are covered. I can guess what you're thinking, so know that I am NOT against culling when necessary, and in fact "spent hen" is one of our favorite ingredients. However, I do believe the animals whom we have been given dominion over should have plenty of access to sunshine, fresh air, fresh green food, and be slaughtered humanely when the time comes. I believe this so strongly that I actually learned to slaughter chickens so that I could be sure to do it with the least amount of trauma to the birds (and yes, it can be done). At any rate, just as I would not subject my family to conventional drugs as a first line of defense, I am happy to find the info here to provide our chickens with natural health.
There is also a nice section on hatching out chicks under a natural mother (novel!) and also alternatives to conventional feed. I am not a fan of GMO soy or corn in my family's food and we make quite an effort to minimize their presence in our diets - so likewise I am looking to reduce or eliminate these ingredients in our food's food, so to speak.
You will need to do more research on housing, but libraries and the internet are full of great ideas. I found "Fresh-Air Poultry Houses" to be very enlightening and a real stand-alone resource on the subject of chicken housing. Joel Salatin's books also cover deep litter technique in detail which is another way to allow for good air quality with the added advantage of enriching your soil.
The big value in "Backyard Poultry Naturally" is in the sections on remedies, natural brooding, and alternatives to conventional feed. You will not find these topics covered in the other chicken books. If you are like me and try to do things yourself, with fresh ingredients either grown or foraged, then you will find this book a necessary addition to your library.
Unfortunately this book is more geared toward beginers in poultry rather than poultry keepers looking to expand their knowledge on natural solutions to health and diet. The actual content other than glossary and sources sited is only 120 pages long. That is including 14 pages in the back of pictures of breeds that were covered in the begining of the book and an appendix of botanical names of plants (not common names, their botanical names, uses and guidelines - just a list of the common name and the botanical name; aka useless information in my opinion).
The first 60 pages (half of the book) cover VERY basic things like housing, fencing, feeders, brooders and breeds.So when the title says "Complete" do take note! This book is also half about ducks and half about chickens which depending on your needs could be good or bad. The author has strong feelings about the food industry and how chickens are being treated and this comes through into the book - especially in the first few pages which are all about this, rather an editorial about the injustices instead of an introduction to the book.
What is good about the book are pages 61-100 (3 sections) covering some of what I was expecting the whole book to contain. The sections are "Poultry Health - Naturally", "Poultry and Permaculture" and "Poultry Plant Profiles". There were some good tips contained in these chapters but not anything that you couldnt find in other sources.
So if you are a beginer this could be a good book to add to your "starting-out" resources because it does cover most of the basics and includes a "taste" of natural remedies and methods. For someone looking for an exhaustive work on natural remedies, plant uses, dietary supplements, etc. this book will disappoint you like it did me and is not worth the money spent on it.
Also, experienced . . . 1st hand Ms. Moore's caveat: I have been ninjaed by my chicks, and so far have incurred one face plant secondary to their frollicking. Chicks are fun to watch + like kids are gonna do what they will -let them run free in back yard (fenced in). They seem most happy.
While perhaps an exception, doggie doored entrance I mounted in their condo (left openned unless cold/inside) my chicks don't require gangplank. Jump /fly 3' easily in and out. Second surprise, my Napolean complex 13 lb terrier . . . whom barks at cats @ 200 yrds . . . doesn't fool with my chickens. Not once.
Finally, fertilizer recipe works.
Ms. Moore's book would be a great gift to both a sketical spouse and/or a veteran Rooster. Nicely done Ms. Moore.
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