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"P" Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks, by Gail Damerow Paperback

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  • Pages: 240
  • Size: 8 1/2 x 10 7/8
  • Color: Full-color; Photographs and illustrations throughout

If you want to incubate, hatch, and brood chicks yourself, rather than buying them from a hatchery, this is the guide you need. Poultry authority Gail Damerow explains exactly how to hatch healthy baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults, and guinea keets, addressing everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to ensuring proper set-up and sanitary conditions, understanding embryo development, and feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder. This is an indispensable reference for any poultry raiser, whether you want to hatch three eggs or one hundred.

Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food, make their own yogurt and ice cream from fresh goat milk, and bake their own bread. Damerow has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural skills. She shares her experience and knowledge as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultrymagazine and as the author or contributor to more than a dozen country skills how-to books.




Part 1 The Chicks

1.  Acquiring Your First Chick

2.  Setting Up Your Brooder

3.  Managing Water, Feed, and Bedding

4.  What to Expect as They Grow

5.   Hatchling and Health Issues

Part 2 The Eggs

6. The Broody Hen

7. Selecting an Incubator

8. Eggs for Hatching

9. Operating an Incubator

10. What Went Wrong

11. Hatchling Identification

Appendix:  Screwpot Notions





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