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I am interested in what books anyone qould recommend on keeping chickens? I know about Storey' guide, but what else? Are there any books dedicated completely to keeping chickens the "old fashioned way"? How about for free range chickens? Interested in any recommendations!

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

 

--John 10:10
 

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"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

 

--John 10:10
 

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Hi,

 

Im not honestly too sure how helpful some books are - i prefer to use BYC as my main source of reference. I do have some chicken books (iBook and pdf format) that id be happy to try and send to you if you like. Just send me an email address as a private message and i will try!

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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I read a couple dozen or so chicken keeping books, 95% of them weren't worth the price of purchase.

Luckily we have an excellent state wide library lending system so I was able to borrow everything I wanted to read.

 

The only ones I would recommend would be Gail Damerow's chicken health, Story's guide for dummies-actually written by Damerow, and Harvey Ussery's The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers. 

 

Even those must be taken with a grain of salt or two, just like anything you read here at BYC, as there is some misinformation and it's only one persons techniques. But they are pretty good comprehensive starting points and topics can be researched further to fit your own goals and resources...but experience is the best teacher to develop your own management techniques. 

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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Thanks for your responses! I will check those books out!

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

 

--John 10:10
 

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"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

 

--John 10:10
 

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Ussery's book is by far the best one I've found.  Go to your library, then... when you find a good one, you can decide if you want to buy it.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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