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Best chicken raising book ever?

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OK- for all the famous posters and moderators out there at BYC, for the record, what is your #1 all time, recommended book for newbies about chicken raising? No fair adding... "but I also like". Just ONE. I can't afford to carry too many out of the library, there'd be no strength left for building the run tomorrow! lol

1 husband, 2 kids, an Australian Shepherd, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 4 Gold Laced Wyandottes, 1 (stupid or genius- I haven't quite figured out which yet) Buff Orpington.
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1 husband, 2 kids, an Australian Shepherd, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 4 Gold Laced Wyandottes, 1 (stupid or genius- I haven't quite figured out which yet) Buff Orpington.
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post #2 of 10

Of the ones Ive read so far, I like "A Guide To Raising Chickens"  smile

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I really like "Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks"

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Tale of 3 B's - Hip Hop wanna be Chickens in Urban Seattle http://luckychickens.blogspot.com/
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Honestly I'm not sure I've read one I'm wholly satisfied with. But if you want something cheerleadery and encouraging, albeit short on reliable useful information and tips tongue, I'd have to nominate Barbara Kilarski's Keep Chickens!  It is also good for handing to spouses etc who are unsure about the whole thing. She makes it sound very fun and easy and economical and like lots of people are doing it. All of which are true of course smile

I suppose for more fact-y type stuff I like Gail Damerow's Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens (*not* the same company's guide to raising *poultry*, by a different author) but hopefully there *is* something better out there somewhere.

Pat

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Originally Posted by congdon476 

OK- for all the famous posters and moderators out there at BYC, for the record, what is your #1 all time, recommended book for newbies about chicken raising? No fair adding... "but I also like". Just ONE. I can't afford to carry too many out of the library, there'd be no strength left for building the run tomorrow! lol


The Chicken health handbook by Gail Damerow. 

Reason- the key to a key to a healthy flock is knowing what to watch for, chicken biology, feeding, reproduction and egg laying. It's all covered in detail. 

Steve in NC

 Midget White, Standard Bronze turkeys, Muscovy ducks, India Blue, White & Spaulding peafowl, Buff Orpington, Copper Black Marans Chickens, Corturnix quail and Ringneck Pheasants

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 Midget White, Standard Bronze turkeys, Muscovy ducks, India Blue, White & Spaulding peafowl, Buff Orpington, Copper Black Marans Chickens, Corturnix quail and Ringneck Pheasants

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post #6 of 10

I have Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow and The Chicken Health Handbook also by Gail Damerow but I rely just as much on BYC as I like to cross-reference when doing research...and not necessarily in the order that I've posted them.

Just realized you wanted us to post just one but all 3 options that I posted make up 1 big book for me! wink


Hope this helps!


Dawn

Happily homesteading in Sharp County Arkansas
...I heard them bikers talkin' 'bout ridin' Hawgs and checkin' out Chicks...
Food Grade DE
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Happily homesteading in Sharp County Arkansas
...I heard them bikers talkin' 'bout ridin' Hawgs and checkin' out Chicks...
Food Grade DE
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post #7 of 10

i only use BYC and its worked great for me

To know others is to be wise, to know yourself is to be enlightened
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To know others is to be wise, to know yourself is to be enlightened
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post #8 of 10

I also have the chicken health handbook and raising small flocks my favorite is my christmas present the Encyclopedia of chickens it has all sorts of cool chicken stuff inside and European breeds to smile

Faverolles Fanciers Club, Susquehanna Poultry Club, and Ameraucana Breeders Club.
Check out the new Faverolles Fanciers website http://faverollesfanciers.webs.com/
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Faverolles Fanciers Club, Susquehanna Poultry Club, and Ameraucana Breeders Club.
Check out the new Faverolles Fanciers website http://faverollesfanciers.webs.com/
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post #9 of 10

I was given "Keep Chickens".

Read it, Loved it.  But, it didn't convert my wife.

Gave it to Brian as his prize on the Yappy Finger's contest.

Hopefully he can use it to convert someone else to chickens.

Here is another great resource that I found here on BYC:


Time Line of a Chicken


Edited by Mahonri - 1/22/09 at 11:33pm

Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Originally Posted by Mahonri 

I was given "Keep Chickens".

Read it, Loved it.  But, it didn't convert my wife.

Gave it to Brian as his prize on the Yappy Finger's contest.

Hopefully he can use it to convert someone else to chickens.


Im currently reading it now. big_smile  Love it so far. smile

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