The Intermediate Guide to Raising Chickens: How to Expand and Maintain a Happy Backyard Flock (Paperback)

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The Intermediate Guide to Raising Chickens: How to Expand and Maintain a Happy Backyard Flock (Paperback)


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Take your chicken-raising to the next level with this intermediate guide

Now that you've been raising chickens for a while and know that you're in it for the long haul, you'll need specific guidance designed for the second year and beyond. The Intermediate Guide to Raising Chickens offers comprehensive information, step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams to help your established backyard flock thrive and grow for years to come. Learn the best ways to keep your chickens happy and healthy, from enriching their environment to treating common ailments and ensuring proper nutrition.

This mid-level guide to raising chickens includes:
  • A focus on chickens' needs—Learn about a chicken's hierarchy of needs and how you can accommodate their safety, thermal comfort, access to food and water, and ability to frolic and socialize.
  • Grow your flock—Once you feel confident caring for your flock, consider expanding it with advice on how to breed chickens, hatch eggs, and care for newborn chicks.
  • Go beyond your backyard—Turn your backyard chickens into a small business with tips for selling eggs, chicks, and adult birds.

Manage and improve your chicken flock with The Intermediate Guide to Raising Chickens.
AMBER BRADSHAW’s passion is teaching others how to become self-sufficient by making things from scratch that are eco-friendly. Besides being an expert beekeeper, Amber is a college instructor, author, public speaker and owner of an online Farmer’s Market. Learn more about Amber at
Product Details ISBN: 9781648769665
ISBN-10: 1648769667
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Pages: 142
Language: English
“Amber has kept chickens in conditions ranging from a tiny urban yard to an off-grid wooded homestead. This book goes beyond basic chicken care to troubleshoot common flock problems, from bad weather to safe manure management.” —Laurie Neverman, founder of Common Sense Home and blogger at

“Amber Bradshaw has done it again! Another thoroughly practical, helpful book for a new homesteader or anyone practicing a bit of the homestead life, no matter where they live. Regardless of how long you've had chickens, this book will teach you some great things, from enrichment activities for your birds to a long, detailed list of predators and how to identify them. If you're considering raising chickens, you really need to grab this book.” —Michelle Visser, homesteader and author of Sweet Maple

“After you conquer-novice level chicken keeping, you will eagerly enter next-level chicken keeping. This is exactly the point where you will want a copy of Amber Bradshaw's The Intermediate Guide to Raising Chickens. You will learn to recognize predator signs and footprints, dealing with coop dynamics such as pecking order, and how to deal with broody hens. This guide helps you with information, do-it-yourself-style instructions, and helpful advice. Don't miss the sections on predators, extra roosters, breeding, incubating eggs, and chicken health! The Intermediate Guide to Raising Chickens should be on your homestead bookshelf!” —Janet Garman, Timber Creek Farm

“While advice for new chicken keepers is abundant, in The Intermediate Guide to Raising Chickens, Amber speaks to those who have conquered the basics and need help with the next level of backyard chicken keeping.” —Kathi Rodgers, Oak Hill Homestead