Self-sufficiency and organic living have never been more prevalent than in recent years. Keeping hens is becoming increasingly popular and is one way of ensuring you have fresh produce at your fingertips.
This authoritative book provides and introduction to some of the key aspects of keeping your own chickens and benefiting from the produce. You don’t need a large garden to keep poultry, and an average family only needs a couple of hens to keep them well stocked in fresh eggs all year round. The set-up costs a minimal and you don’t need a whole host of expensive gadgets and equipment to get started or care for your chickens.
Packed with useful information on poultry keeping (housing, food and water, daily care routines, disease preventation and cure, encouraging egg production and breeding), there is also comprehensive information on breeds and a list of useful contacts.
Mike Hatcher has a lifetimes experience in keeping poultry. He began his career in commercial poultry. He holds a qualification in poultry husbandry from Lancashire College of agriculture. He has judged in the UK, USA, Canada and Holland, and writes for various poultry magazines. He is now president of the poultry club of Great Britain, and has worked with DEFRA to reduce the impact of avian influenza on small poultry keepers.