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The world is full of hidden self-made hobbies. Raising chickens is one of them. 

You might have wanted to venture into this hobby, but the "chicken or egg" paradox remains confusing. Worry not, because in this book, we do not care whether you want to start with an egg or a chicken. All you need to bring is a heartfelt commitment, and you will learn a lot of tips and tricks in the field including: 

  • Buying and setting up an incubator for your chicken eggs
  • Selecting the best eggs for incubation with high hatch rates 
  • Buying or setting up the chicken coops and brooders for your hatched chickens
  • Transitioning your chickens from the brooder to the coop
  • The recommended conditions in the incubator, brooder, and chicken coop for raising healthy chickens
  • Appropriate chicken hygiene and recommended feeds based on flock goals
  • Taking care of sick chickens
  • Understanding the various stages or cycles in the life of a chicken and why they happen
  • Resolving conflicts among the flock
  • Taking care of retired egg-layers
  • Maintaining a suitable environment for your chickens

This book works as a perfect guide for anyone seeking to master chicken farming in the comfort of their own home. We will practically raise a chicken together, from the time they hatch to the time they retire from their roles, and look at what benefits they consciously add to the flock. 

Buy now to become a backyard chicken expert today!

©2020 Catherine Xavier (P)2020 Catherine Xavier

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So... this book is great! Very detailed!

So... this book is great! Very detailed! I already have 4 chickens... in their "teenage" stage and now I'm beginning to regret buying them after reading this book lol It talks about the pros and the cons. I'm a first-time chicken owner. I bought them so we could have our own eggs to go along with our future garden! But it seems like chickens are high maintenance which is not what I would've thought at all.

I feel like I'm in a dilemma before building their coop. Keep them? Find them a new home? After reading this I'm not so sure! I should've purchased this before the chickens haha! It really is a great book.... it just made me terrified to be a chicken owner.

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Fabulous book by a fabulous chicken keeper!

The fabulous book by a fabulous chicken keeper! I used his standalone coop plans for an awesome home for my ladies (barred rocks, Cochin Bantam) and they LOVE IT! Then he's got all the tips for entertaining your birds, feeding, what breeds are good for you, all the info you’ll really need, also great tips on saving money, recycling, keeping wood out of our landfills, and any info you really need on your new family members, I highly recommend buying this book

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Wow! I have at least a dozen other books about raising backyard chickens, and this by far is the most well written and easy to understand. Catherine Xavier writes (and the narrator reads) with an ease that makes you feel she's right there with you, answering your questions or helping you with a problem. She covers a wide range of topics that both first-time and long-time chicken owners would find informative as well as entertaining. All my other books will now go up to the top shelf to gather dust and I will buy also the paper version of this one, it is going to be loving worn with dog-eared pages.

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Catherine Xavier's Audiobook is by far the best

I am a huge fan of The Chicken Chick and her common-sense approach to raising chickens. Her no-nonsense, easy-to-follow approach gave me the confidence to start with backyard chickens of my own and I am so happy to have her Audiobook as a resource at home. I have purchased many Backyard Chicken AudioBooks. Catherine Xavier's Audiobook is by far the best. This Audiobook a great Listen and has so many helpful hints that I have not found in other Audiobooks. This Audiobook is a must for "Happy, Healthy, Hens.

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This is a fantastic audiobook

This is a fantastic audiobook for those new to chicken keeping and well-seasoned chicken companions alike. It does more than cover the basics - it gives real-world advice on the realities of bringing feathered ladies and gents into your home. I wish we had this audiobook when we first started with our 5 ladies! We were wholly unprepared for the amount of chicken poop that would take over our yard, but also how much we would fall in love with our new fluffy family members. This book is a must-have for those looking to start a flock or bring in a few (or many) new additions. Also, chicken math is a very real thing!

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An excellent book to listen to

An excellent book to listen to. This complete and comprehensive guide about raising chickens and goats has been insightful. I listen to some audiobooks it's one of the best audiobooks for listening to. This audiobook covers lots of things about feeding and managing. Good raising chicken guide that teaches you all the methods to raise chickens. I will keep this audiobook for reference.

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Really good listen, recommended.

Very clear and concise explanations and descriptions of facilities breed selection. I really enjoy this audiobook and found it really helpful. I have got many tips and tricks for beginners guide for raising chicken. I really enjoyed this audiobook and it also gives me a great listening experience. It really was a good introduction to those who want to learn about raising chicken. Interesting and informative. Really good listen, recommended.

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The audio book contains so much information

The audiobook contains so much information that is essential to learning the facilities breed selection. Thank you for the great audiobook. I have got many tips and tricks for beginners guide for raising chicken. I really enjoyed this audiobook and it also gives me a great listening experience.

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Tips and Tricks to Raise Healthy Backyard Chickens

You will learn how to raise chicks and take care of your feather babies throughout their lives. Trust me if you don't have a chicken yet. You will catch the fever after reading this book! I really enjoyed learning so much about chickens. As a backyard chicken keeper, it has helped me so much. This book takes you through the process of egg-laying and you will also learn how chickens truly have their own personalities. Oh, and you will learn a thing or two about chicken math.

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I'm going to best rating this good content book

Oh, and you will learn a thing or two about chicken math. Yes, it is a thing and totally different from a regular mat. Overall this is an excellent guide. This is an essential guide for everyone. I'm going to best rating this good content book. Thankful!

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  • 03-01-21

I really enjoyed this audiobook

Very clear and concise explanations and descriptions of facilities breed selection. I really enjoy this audiobook and found it really helpful. I have got many tips and tricks for beginners guide for raising chicken. I really enjoyed this audiobook and it also gives me a great listening experience. It really was a good introduction to those who want to learn about raising chicken. Interesting and informative. Really good listen, recommended.

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  • Jilliane Dee
  • 02-23-21

This is an essential guide for everyone

Love this book! Easy fun read with great information! It’s been a few years since I had chickens. Great up to date refresher course. Yes, it is a thing and totally different from regular math. Overall this is an excellent guide. This is an essential guide for everyone. I'm going to best rating this good content book. Thankful!

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  • Suzainne Chua
  • 02-15-21

I plan to have chicks next Spring

I plan to have chicks next Spring. Having this audiobook beforehand will be a wonderful tool to make sure I do it right the first time. I appreciate that Catherine never wavers in her advice. The information he provides is vital in my opinion for the success of my chicken journey. There is no back and forth. The audiobook is easy to follow and I recommend it for anyone thinking of getting chickens or who already has them and has been "winging" it.

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  • 03-04-21

The time saved and effective

The time saved and effective solutions developed have proved this to be a valuable resource over and over again. I listen to this book all of the information very easy to understand. It is a perfect book for me. I am happy to get this book. Thanks to both author and narrator.

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  • 03-03-21

loved its narration

Really loved this audiobook. I've learned a lot of new knowledge that I can surely use in the future or even in my daily life. I really like the way how the author writes this amazing book. Also loved its narration, very clear and understandable unlike other narrations from other books I have purchased. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • 03-03-21

I am so happy to have her Audiobook

I am a huge fan of The Chicken Chick and her common-sense approach to raising chickens. Her no-nonsense, easy-to-follow approach gave me the confidence to start with backyard chickens of my own and I am so happy to have her Audiobook as a resource at home. I have purchased many Backyard Chicken AudioBooks. Catherine Xavier's Audiobook is by far the best. This Audiobook a great Listen and has so many helpful hints that I have not found in other Audiobooks. This Audiobook is a must for "Happy, Healthy, Hens.

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  • 03-03-21

I'm a first-time chicken owner

I'm a first-time chicken owner. I bought them so we could have our own eggs to go along with our future garden! But it seems like chickens are high maintenance which is not what I would've thought at all. I feel like I'm in a dilemma before building their coop. Keep them? Find them a new home? After reading this I'm not so sure! I should've purchased this before the chickens haha! It really is a great book.... it just made me terrified to be a chicken owner.

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  • Fajardo R.
  • 03-02-21

This is a beautiful audiobook

This is a beautiful audiobook. It is definitely worth purchasing also the “paperback”. Rather than just another book about chicken care (illness, egg development, housing), Catherine Xavier delves into both the mind and brain of a chicken. Their behavior both as an individual and a member of the flock, how their brains process the world around them, even the emotions they show with one another.

I was afraid the book was mostly going to be opinion-based on the author’s observations of his own flock. Rather, it was a fascinating compilation of facts drawn from a variety of scientific sources with examples he believes to have seen in his own flock. Being both a science-minded person and animal lover, this book is delightful.

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  • Lycka Mendoza
  • 03-01-21

This is a fantastic audiobook

This is a fantastic audiobook for those new to chicken keeping and well-seasoned chicken companions alike. It does more than cover the basics - it gives real-world advice on the realities of bringing feathered ladies and gents into your home. I wish we had this audiobook when we first started with our 5 ladies! We were wholly unprepared for the amount of chicken poop that would take over our yard, but also how much we would fall in love with our new fluffy family members. This book is a must-have for those looking to start a flock or bring in a few (or many) new additions. Also, chicken math is a very real thing!

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  • Carl James
  • 03-01-21

Good audiobook with a lot of in-depth information

Good audiobook with a lot of in-depth information about goats and chickens. One of the better bundles out there for audiobooks. Very informative. I liked listening to this book. Loved the info on his mom too. Makes me want chickens.

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