Animal Husbandry

Chickens, ducks and bees : a beginner's guide to keeping by Paul Peacock

By Paul Peacock

Starting to be your individual greens usually leads gardeners to need to move one step extra and retain a few cattle. Chickens, geese and bees are the main most likely applicants for the 1st time cattle proprietor - in particular when you reside in a city or have just a small volume of land. they could all be saved fortunately jointly. retaining those animals is a enjoyable and soaking up pastime and is a brilliant antidote to emphasize. there's not anything extra profitable than the gathering of your personal clean eggs and honey. The publication is filled with sound, functional suggestion and appears at precisely what you want to start: the apparatus, housing, area and feed. Taking the breeds most suitable for the smaller backyard, city backyard, or allotment, the liable care and administration of those animals is punctiliously coated in a pleasant, approachable sort with their welfare continuously in brain. Chickens: from breed choice to housing, feeding, care, and wellbeing and fitness matters this ebook presents uncomplicated, no nonsense information regarding how hens stay, their need...

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Hens produce a lot of poo at night, and you will be surprised how much you have to clean up. Of course, clearing poo is the worst of all the jobs, so once you are used to that, the rest of it is easy. ENJOYING NEW-LAID EGGS This is the major reason people buy hens. There is nothing on the planet better than having eggs that have come directly from the chicken – all other eggs will seem inferior. The shop-bought egg is usually up to a month old, and vastly reduced in quality compared to the very minute it was laid.

You have to spend time earning the right to handle them. Crouch beside them, making short, soft repetitive sounds, holding food and generally maintaining what they consider a safe distance from them. Leave the food on the ground and then walk away. This may need to be repeated several times before they start coming near you. Mating: Seizing the opportunity Hens that have no cockerel will frequently treat you as their mate, squatting down into a mating position every time you go by. Take the opportunity to pick them up each time they do this and you will find them easy to handle.

KEEPING ANIMALS FOR FOOD The world is changing. Actually, it is stopping changing – let me explain. Over two hundred years ago a process started in earnest to change the way people lived. Actually, this change originated a mile away from where I am sitting at my computer. Hargreaves’ ‘Spinning Jenny’ made it possible for mill owners to create vast wealth out of the work of other men, and the Industrial Revolution began. From the turn of the eighteenth century, the movement of people from the land to the towns was huge.

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