Best chicken book out there?

ONSTAD1

Songster
7 Years
May 20, 2012
437
6
124
Colorado Springs, CO
My Coop
Hi.
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?

Thanks,
Mo
 

The Yolk Folks

Hatching
7 Years
Feb 14, 2012
8
0
6
I've really liked and valued "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow. Comprehensive and readable.
 

cleoppa

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 28, 2010
36
2
34
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.
 

ChickiesInUtah

Chirping
7 Years
May 14, 2012
276
5
91
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


http://www.amazon.com/Country-Wisdo...3ZW2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338246666&sr=8-1

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.
 

SuburbanMomof4

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 9, 2009
30
2
34
S. Indiana (near Louisville)
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!)
 

sarahcfu

Hatching
7 Years
Jan 9, 2013
1
0
6
For me, hands down, the best chicken book is The Chicken: A Natural History. The link on Amazon is here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Chicken-A-Natural-History/dp/1937994031

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.
 

dirtsaver

Songster
9 Years
Mar 20, 2010
566
12
166
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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