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Guide in Book Form??

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Thread Starter 
I'm not very "techno" or whatever so I'd really appreciate some sort of book to read about everything but I don't know where to start. Are there any overall chicken books thar I might be able to read rather than confusing myself with all these forums?? 😂😂😄😄
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Hi there! There are three books I recommend to every person considering getting into chickens. They are:

- Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens. This will teach you all the basics and a bit beyond.

- Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds. This goes along as a great reference guide when reading the "choosing a breed" chapter of Raising Chickens.

- The Chicken Health Handbook. This one can be purchased once you get the birds. Hope you never need it, but skim it over once just in case and keep it handy if you ever have to look anything up.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Alright, thanks!! I just bought the second one off of Amazon along with "The Chicken Encyclopedia". I'm really excited, thanks a lot 😄
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I'd suggest getting several books from your library, hopefully you have a state wide, or county wide inter-library loan and can get almost any book.

Ask your librarian, then you don't have to pay for books that only tell parts of the story and/or have incomplete information.

 

There are so many different ways to keep chickens depending on an individuals situation, that one or two books will not cover it all.

I've found most books to be lacking, some more than others, that I only bought Damerows The Chicken Health Handbook.

Story's Guide to Raising Chickens is pretty good too.

 

Read here too, lots of ideas you won't find in any book, and learn to use the advanced search function here as it can save a lot of time.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Cool, thanks smile.png I'll be sure to check out the library big_smile.png
P.S. I have a chicken named Aart smile.png
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