Self-sufficiency Hen Keeping by Mike Hatcher

Self-sufficiency Hen Keeping by Mike Hatcher

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Whether it’s moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city- living a little simpler and easier, the “Green” movement is changing the way we live our day- to-day lives. Skyhorse's Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to help—offering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. This is a beautifully illustrated series made even more beautiful, because its goal is to help everyone live in a more earth-friendly fashion.

This handbook provides an introduction to some of the key aspects of raising chickens. You don’t need a large space to raise and keep chickens, and most families find that they only need a couple of hens to keep them stocked with fresh eggs year-round. Packed full of information on the basic housing costs and requirements, food and water requirements, disease prevention, and breeding—this book also includes a comprehensive section on the breeds available, their specific requirements, and a list of resources.

About the author

Mike Hatcher holds a qualification in poultry husbandry from the Royal Agricultural College and is the president of the Poultry Club of Great Britain.

Book details

128 pages
New Holland Publishers Ltd
Publication date
April 2009


Roger Mouncher

Saturday 17 September, 2011 at 11:45am

A wonderful book, with all the information a beginner needs when setting up to keep chickens and splendidly illustrated. I cannot recommend it highly enough!


Thursday 16 July, 2015 at 5:56am

I'm just interested in starting small activities at my back yard, like raising indigenous free range chickens, bees, goats etc as a small holder. this site is so informative and i would like to learn a lot.

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