Best chicken book out there?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ONSTAD1, May 27, 2012.

  1. ONSTAD1

    ONSTAD1 Chirping

    In the research phase of getting byc's. Taking an informal poll...if you could have just one book on raising backyard chickens what would it be?

  2. The Yolk Folks

    The Yolk Folks Hatching

    Feb 14, 2012
    I've really liked and valued "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow. Comprehensive and readable.
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Same here, Storey's guide.
  4. cleoppa

    cleoppa In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2010
    I'm not an expert here, but I'll post anyway. I really liked this book: Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying

    It is, as it says, an absolute beginner's guide. In fact, I think I'll donate mine to the library, since after your first set of chickens, it's nowhere near as valuable. But for a first-time chicken raiser, i loved this book. Of course, the more in-depth books come in handy, too. But for anyone on their first chicks, this is a great book.
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  5. ChickiesInUtah

    ChickiesInUtah Chirping

    May 14, 2012
    Northern Utah
    Agree about Storey. I don't have their chicken specific book but I have this:

    Country Wisdom & Know-How: A Practical Guide to Living off the Land

    I've learned so much from it. How to bake bread, how to build a nest box, gardening, etc. When we bought our house in a more rural town a friend gave it to me as a joke. Ha! The cover is practically falling off.
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  6. ONSTAD1

    ONSTAD1 Chirping

    thanks...sure I'll get a couple so keep em coming
  7. SuburbanMomof4

    SuburbanMomof4 In the Brooder

    I am totally in agreement with SMALL-SCALE POULTRY FLOCK by HARVEY USSERY

    The Storey's Guides are okay for starters, but they really don't give you a good sense that you can raise your own feed or go chemical-free. They are also very heavy on what can go wrong. There is a place for that, but the amount of emphasis really left me feeling nervous about having chickens. Then once I had chickens I was startled by how easy they were!

    I wish I had been able to start with Ussery's book. I actually bought a copy off Amazon before I even returned the library's copy (which I devoured!)
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  8. sarahcfu

    sarahcfu Hatching

    Jan 9, 2013
    For me, hands down, the best chicken book is The Chicken: A Natural History. The link on Amazon is here:

    When I was considering getting myself chickens for my small city-girl backyard, it was a great resource about breeds, how to care for them, and it's really beautiful. Basically it's just a super-informative love-fest about chickens, written by a bunch of experts.
  9. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Songster

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    Storeys Guide to Raising Chickens here also. I will say that we have read several books on chickens and while they all were worthwhile all together they do not contain near the information you can find here at BYC and a couple of other sites on the web.

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