Raising Chickens For Dummies (For Dummies (Math & Science)) by Kimberley Willis, Rob Ludlow

By Kimberley Willis, Rob Ludlow

Sensible how-to recommendation for elevating chickens in nearly any backyard!Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And elevating Chickens For Dummies offers an up to date, thorough advent to all features of taking care of chickens, together with picking and buying chickens, developing housing, and correct feeding. elevating Chickens For Dummies offers authoritative, distinct details to make elevating chickens for eggs, meat, or yard leisure that a lot more uncomplicated.

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A chicken may occasionally have blue or black skin elsewhere, but the skin around the ear will still be red or white. This coloring can help you decide whether a mixed-breed hen will lay white or brown eggs, if that’s important to you. There are three breeds that lay blue or greenish-colored eggs: the Araucana, the Ameraucana, and the Easter Eggers. Those breeds have red ear-skin patches. The beak and nostrils Chickens have beaks for mouths. Most breeds have yellow beaks, but a few have dark blue or gray beaks.

25 26 Part I: Choosing Chickens If a chicken has red ear skin, it generally lays brown eggs. If the skin patch around the ear is white, it usually lays white eggs. A chicken may occasionally have blue or black skin elsewhere, but the skin around the ear will still be red or white. This coloring can help you decide whether a mixed-breed hen will lay white or brown eggs, if that’s important to you. There are three breeds that lay blue or greenish-colored eggs: the Araucana, the Ameraucana, and the Easter Eggers.

A few chicken breeds might fool some folks, but by and large, people know what a chicken looks like. However, if you’re going to keep chickens, you need to know more than that. In order to select and raise healthy birds, which involves understanding breed variations, identifying and treating illness, and talking about your chickens (particularly when seeking healthcare advice or discussing breeding), you need to be able to identify a chicken’s various parts. In the first part of this chapter, we cover basic chicken biology.

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