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Backyard chickens
The one-block feast : an adventure in food from yard to table
Margo True & the staff of Sunset magazine.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2011.
Based on Sunset magazine's award-winning One-Block Diet blog, this ultimate guide to eating local explains how to raise and produce everything you need for completely made-from-scratch meals, all from your own backyard. Includes seasonal garden plans, menus, 100 recipes, and 15 projects such as installing bee hives, pressing olives for oil, brewing beer, making your own cheese, and raising chickens. Inspired by the locavore movement andSunset'sdedication to covering trends in cooking and gardening, food editor Margo True led a year-long staff effort to create seasonal feasts using only what could be grown or raised in a backyard-size plot at Sunset's office. Over the course of the ambitious project, the group shared their triumphs and often humorous setbacks on their James Beard Award-winning blog.Sunset's One-Block Feastchronicles the project's first year, and includes a bounty of new information, insights, cautionary tales, and fresh recipes to create a unique blend of backyard farming guide and engaging cookbook. Chapters are organized by season, each featuring detailed coast-to-coast planting and harvesting plans, an account of how that season's projects played out for the Sunset team, and a multicourse dinner menu composed of imaginative, appealing, and ultra-resourceful recipes made from home-grown ingredients, such as Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Chard and Sage Brown Butter, and Whole Wheat Pizzas with Roasted Vegetables and Homemade Cheeses. This generously illustrated, easy-to-follow modern homesteading manual will delight readers nationwide who want to get closer to their food.
     
Chick days : an absolute beginner's guide to raising chickens from hatchlings to laying hens
Jenna Woginrich ; photography by Mars Vilaubi.
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2010.
Chickens are the hottest new backyard Spet ! It seems that every Tom, Dick, and Susan wants to raise chickens in his or her backyard, whether that yard is one square foot or one hundred. There "s nothing more local than an egg freshly laid right in your own yard. But what should you expect when you "re adopting a couple of day-old chicks? In Chick Days , Jenna Woginrich, award-winning author of Made from Scratch , the homesteading memoir for the twenty-something generation, offers a highly entertaining and informative photographic guide for today "s fledgling chick parent. Fun for the complete newbie and for families with young children, Chick Days chronicles the journey of three chickens from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to grown hens laying eggs. Day by day and week by week, readers watch the three starring chickens grow and change, learning about chicken behavior, feeding requirements, housing, hygiene, and health-care essentials, and fun facts on all things poultry. As Jenna herself says, SChickens are more than 12-piece buckets, country diner kitsch, and egg whites. They "re your backyard ambassadors to healthier eating and basic husbandry. Keeping chickens is a crash course in local eating. When you start collecting eggs you "ll be eating so local you "ll know the amount of cracked corn in the feeder at ground zero of your breakfast . . . Jenna "s witty commentary is accompanied by the photography of Mars Vilaubi, who raised the three chickens himself, along with his wife and son. Their accompanying Schick diary notes particular things this family learned and did along the way to make chicken raising fun. Presenting just the essential information in a highly visual and inviting format, Chick Days makes every stage of chicken life fun, entertaining, and, most of all, doable. It "s sure to give any chicken lover or wannabe owner the confidence and enthusiasm to join the flock!
     
Creating your backyard farm : how to grow fruit and vegetables, and raise chickens and bees
Nicki Trench.
New York, NY : CICO Books, 2010.
If you dream of growing, harvesting and eating your own produce, here's how to begin. Author Nicki Trench, who has created her own backyard farm from scratch, shares with you everything there is to know about growing crops, keeping bees, and rearing hens. Here's how to make compost, grow vegetables and fruit, collect honey, rear chickens for fresh eggs, and make preserves and chutneys, along with natural remedies and cleaning products for a natural life inside and outside your home. The benefits of creating your backyard farm are not just economic--the energy you once obsessively expended on the exercise bike can now be channelled more productively by digging your vegetable patch, turning your compost, or cleaning out the hen coop. Communitites are reappearing over backyard fences as neighbors share their harvest of zucchini, spinach, or eggs. Whatever you choose to grow or rear on your backyard farm, this book offers a taste of the good life that is easy, satisfying, and inexpensive to achieve. *The self-sufficient lifestyle has recently surged in popularity. *Anyone with a garden can undertake these projects to live more naturally. *Part of our bestselling "Green Guide" series.
     

Raising chickens can be very entertaining. Even if you live in the city there is a way for you to have fresh eggs daily. One of the first things you need to do is check with your local government to see if there are any laws pertaining to keeping chickens on your property.

There are over 200 breeds of chickens. When looking for chickens consider its purpose. Will it be an egg layer, meat bird or show chicken? Look for breeds that are suited for your purpose and can adapt to being raised in the backyard.

They will each need about 2 square feet in the henhouse, where they can roost and lay eggs. Wood shavings work best for floor cover and in the winter they can keep warm under a 100-watt light bulb. Double that inside space for the outside run where they can scratch and get exercise.

You can tell what color egg a hen lays by looking at the the color of the skin patch near the ear. If it is white the eggs will be white as well. If there is red skin around the ear she will produce some shade of brown eggs and those with red ear skin patches lay greenish-blue eggs.

Chickens will eat just about everything. For everyday food you can feed your chickens chicken food found at feed stores. Food scraps of vegetables and peelings can be used as a special treat.

Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between male/female chicks, you could end up with a few roosters. Your neighbors may not like the sound of a rooster greeting them each morning.

Most hens start to lay eggs around 4 months of age. Chickens provide more tham their eggs. Chicken manure is a great nutrient for your garden. They can also help with the bug control.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff