Chicken & Eggs. River Cottage Handbook No.11


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Chickens are a fantastic addition to a garden or outdoors space – you don’t have to live in the back of beyond to have a few clucking around and giving you fresh eggs. They come in all shapes and sizes: some are layers, some are just born to strut. Mark Diacono begins at the basics, showing how you can raise chickens from eggs, and look after them once they start laying their own. The first part of Chicken & Eggs explains how to think ahead about what kind of chickens you want and how many to get, whether you are going for a breed that lays eggs regularly, or that you might eventually use for eating, or that simply looks decorative. You can choose from Orpingtons, Derbyshire redcaps, Muffed Old English Game, Leghorns and many more. Mark then goes on to show how you can breed chickens, encourage them to lay, work out what kind of eggs you have (are they destined for the eggcup, or will they hatch into baby chicks?), and take care of them day to day, as well as how you can go about getting the birds on the table. The final part of the book is a recipe section that goes far beyond the roast, with lots of delicious ideas for fresh eggs or home-reared chicken. With an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, this is an essential guide for anyone who can’t stop thinking about chicks

A thoroughly practical guide to keeping layers and meat birds with a host of delicious recipe. Seasonal, Local, Organic, Wild- Take the slow road to river cottage with this, the eleventh in a series of essential books about food and the great outdoors.

Chapters on:
Preparing to keep chickens, Understanding Chickens, Chickens for eggs, Chickens for meat, Starting a flock, Caring breeding and health, Preparing a chicken, Recipes, and Useful things. 

The River Cottage Handbooks are a series of essential guides, produced by TV presenter, and practicing smallholder Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Each of the guides is packed with information, recipes, and general background information, enabling anyone to make use of nature’s edible resources. All are textured hardbound and designed to last a lifetime.

  • Author: Diacono, Mark
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback
  • Publication Date: 06/06/2013
  • ISBN: 9781408817919
  • B-Code: B008472
  • Pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 198x127mm

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