The urban chicken movement shows no sign of abating, with home-raised hens considered the poster girls of the urban farming and buy local campaigns. In the US, many states have overturned laws that made the keeping of backyard poultry illegal. This book is designed for this broad readership, but with a determinedly egg-centric focus.
A new approach to chicken keeping, Chicken and Egg is specifically geared toward hobby farmers and casual chicken keepers who wish to produce eggs of a particular colour, flavour, and type. Whether the reader desires the delectable turquoise eggs of the Araucana or the chocolate brown eggs of the Blue Copper Maran, learn how it's possible to put the egg before the chicken. Written by two expert poultry breeders and specialists, Andy Cawthray and James Hermes, this new colourful handbook offers an edifying overview of the natural history of chickens and the science of egg production so that keepers better understand how to care for egg-layers, improve the quality of their eggs through diet and housing, and maximise their egg production for years to come. The authors have rounded up a few dozen chicken breeds and offer their hardboiled advice about which hens offer the most egg-cellect daily output.
Andy Cawthray: Andy Cawthray is a poultry breeder, gardener, and the owner of ChickenStreet.com. He presents on TV and radio as well as blogging and writing columns for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. James Hermes is Head Advisor, Extension Poultry Specialist and Associate Professor at the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University.
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