by John & Cara Harrison – Signed Copies Direct from the authors for £7.99 inc. P&P
The essential guide to keeping chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and quail
If you keep or want to keep poultry at home then this book is for you. It’s not aimed at those with acres of land but ordinary people. Cara Harrison kept chickens, ducks and quail in the small garden of her terraced house.
Discover the joys of keeping poultry in your own back garden and the satisfaction of providing eggs for your table. This practical and accessible book tells you all you need to know
What’s in Backgarden Chickens & Other Poultry
Who is the book for and what is covered
- Preparing for Your Poultry
Things you need to know and what you need to do before you rush out to buy some birds
- Other Pets and Children
Will your dog or cat get on with your new pets? How about the children?
- Housing, Runs and Equipment
What sort of housing do you need? Feeders? What about water? Different types, makes and how to choose
- Choosing and Obtaining Your Poultry
Spoilt for choice? Are rescue hens for you? Where to go to get your birds and what to look out for.
- When You Get Your Hens Home
How to settle in your new pals to their home.
- Introducing the New Birds to the Flock
The pecking order explained and how to settle in your birds without blood being shed.
- Feeding and Watering
What do you need to feed your birds? What about water? How much and when?
- Caring for Your Poultry
Establishing care routines so things don’t get forgotten and everyone is happy. Winter and summer care, wing clipping and keeping your birds happy.
- Diseases and Problems
How to recognise the major diseases and problems that can harm your birds and what to do about them.
- Breeding Your Own
Do you fancy raising your own? Broody hens and incubators, the ‘birds and the bees’ of poultry
You can keep ducks even in a small garden without a pond. In some ways they’re a better bird than hens. Find out for yourself.
Raising a turkey or three for Christmas is becoming popular, but will they end up as pets in January?
Geese aren’t really for a small garden but if you’ve a large area or better still a field they’re worth considering.
The ideal bird for the smallest garden or even just a patio.
Everything you need to know about eggs including: how to market your eggs, store your eggs and use them plus eggonomics – selling your surplus eggs, the pounds and pennies of chicken keeping.
- Keeping Poultry for Meat
The pros and cons of raising table birds. Is it really for you?
- Further Information
Reader Reviews from Amazon
As head gardener to Woodside Lodge Hotel in the New Forest & a horticultural lecturer I am often asked for my opinion on the many books out there & just how helpful they can be. We have recently embarked on a project to provide our own free range eggs to hotel guests along with the organic vegetables from the walled gardens.
I was recommended to read The book on ‘Backyard Chickens’ by John Harrison & his daughter. As well as being a really good read it has all the information one needs to get you started on the road to successful chicken keeping. I can only echo the other reviews, it scores top marks for value & content.
Very useful book. I have found this a useful book as someone new to keeping poultry and was pleased to find that it covers birds other than chickens such as quail and ducks which, though covered in less depth, have inspired me to expand my range.
Brilliant! I found this book to be a very useful guide, loaned it to a colleague who is also interested in keeping hens, who now tells me he has ordered his own copy.