Want to raise chickens in your backyard? Look no further than The Happy Hen Handbook: Your Complete Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens. Written by experienced chicken keeper, this comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to get started with backyard chicken raising.
In this book, you’ll learn about the different types of chickens available and how to select healthy birds. You’ll also find detailed instructions on building a coop and run, including information on coop size, ventilation, insulation, lighting, and more.
The book also covers feeding and care for your chickens, including information on quality feed, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, grit, water, scratch, treats, and supplements. You’ll also learn about providing water, cleaning and maintenance, health and wellness, and handling and processing.
In addition, the book covers breeding and egg production, including information on incubation, hatching, raising chicks, egg production, egg collecting and storage, breed selection, feed and nutrition, lighting, nesting boxes, health and wellness, age and laying, egg collection, egg washing, egg storage, date coding, egg grading and egg packaging.
Whether you’re a first-time chicken keeper or an experienced pro, The Happy Hen Handbook is the ultimate resource for anyone interested in backyard chicken raising. With easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips and advice, it is your complete guide to raising happy, healthy chickens in your backyard.
Jack Manhire is committed to promoting sustainable and efficient backyard and homestead food production methods for average people of modest means. He holds a law degree and a Ph.D. and has conducted extensive research on the benefits of backyard sustainable living.
As a former professor, Dr. Manhire is also a passionate educator. He is a respected member of the sustainable agriculture community and is committed to sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
Dr. Manhire is the author of several other books on sustainable backyard living, such as The Joys of Goat Ownership: A Guide to Raising Happy and Healthy Pygmy Goats, and Dogs Deserve Home-Cooked Meals: A Comprehensive Look at Planning and Preparing Homemade Dog Food.
He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, 9 children, 4 grandchildren, and the menagerie of animals they raise in their backyard.
“The Happy Hen Handbook is the perfect guide for anyone interested in raising chickens at home. Jack Manhire does an excellent job of covering all the important aspects of backyard chicken keeping, from selecting healthy birds to building a coop and run. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in raising chickens at home.”
- Joe H. (Chicago, IL)
“I’ve been wanting to raise chickens for a while now and this book was the perfect guide to get me started. The author covers all the important aspects of backyard chicken keeping. The book is well-organized and easy to follow. It's a great resource for beginners and experts.”
- Anne B. (Austin, TX)
“I recently got chickens and The Happy Hen Handbook was my go-to guide. It’s well-written and easy to understand, even for someone who is new to chicken keeping like me.”
- Nick O. (Los Angeles, CA)