This title presents the perfect introduction to the rewarding hobby of poultry keeping. It reveals how, as well as being useful, chickens are interesting and colourful characters that make good pets and can enliven any garden. It fuses contemporary lifestyle design, imaginative and appealing images and lively, authoritative text to ensure the widest possible interest. It is a comprehensive guide to chicken breeds including hybrids and rescue birds. It offers everything you need to know about housing, feeding and welfare as well as a useful recipe section full of great ideas for using up all those extra fresh eggs.
Jeremy Hobson has been around poultry, particularly chickens and bantams, all his life. He is a well-known and prolific writers on all matters 'rural' and his articles appear regularly in many of the country-oriented UK magazines. In addition he has written over 20 books. Since 2002, Jeremy has lived in the Western Loire region of France where he works as a freelance writer but still finds time to keep chickens, grow vegetables and ride a neighbour's horse.
Introduction; Understanding Chickens; What to Consider; Choosing the Breed; Where & When to Get Your Chickens; Housing & Cleaning; Feeding Chickens; All About Eggs; Breeding Chickens; Health & Care; Egg Recipes; Glossary; Acknowledgments; Index.