Best chicken books

ChickenCanoe

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These are two of my favorites.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004IAAJOA/?tag=backy-20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/161212013X/?tag=backy-20
You can get the first edition of the latter for very little on Amazon.
Gail Damerow is well respected in the community and her book is indispensable for all chicken owners.
Kelly is a good friend of mine and his book is informative, in depth and in a very readable format.
He also has another book on alternative poultry.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/160173042X/?tag=backy-20
And he has authored books on swine.
If you just have a handful of chickens in an urban setting, 'City Chicks' is a very good book.

For breed discussion, I highly recommend the following two breed selection charts.
http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf
http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html
 

aart

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Kelly is a good friend of mine and his book is informative, in depth and in a very readable format.
Just ordered this from my state wide library program.

@WindyLookout consider using the library before buying.
Have read dozens and few are worth buying, IMO.
No offense to your friend @ChickenCanoe
 

ChickenCanoe

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Just ordered this from my state wide library program.

@WindyLookout consider using the library before buying.
Have read dozens and few are worth buying, IMO.
No offense to your friend @ChickenCanoe
None taken. There are an amazing number of books on chickens out there. I think some of the information is marginal at best - but at least it gets people started. Better than no info at all.
Actually the Talking Chickens book was offered at one of our chicken swaps. Another friend bought it. I read most of her copy but I don't have one yet.
As good as the book is, at this point in my life there aren't many commonly available books I can glean much from on the subject. I'm missing a couple good books I took to one of my advanced classes but can't find. I don't think anyone took them, I just misplaced them.
Most of the books are text books.
One was Broiler Breeder Production and another was the Biology of Breeding Poultry, both text books.
Others I want are Poultry Lighting: theory and practice. ISBN-13: 978-0955210402
Genetics of Chicken Colours and another book is Genetics of Chicken Extremes. Neither are available from regular book sites but are sold exclusively by the author, Sigrid Van Dort, whom I have spoken with in relation to a question about white showing up in black birds.
http://www.chickencolours.com/pagina3.html.
 
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WindyLookout

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Just ordered this from my state wide library program.

@WindyLookout consider using the library before buying.
Have read dozens and few are worth buying, IMO.
No offense to your friend @ChickenCanoe
Is that accessible as a Canadian. Ive looked online for different books buy u can't see the pages to make a judgement. Hard picking. My mother in law has a book she really likes bUT to me it doesn't seem mmm advanced enough for my liking. I have a background in biology so I know genetics and so I want lots of details.
 
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Storeys Guide to Poultry Breeds was my first poultry book and was what originally got me interested in chickens... because of the variety available. I’d totally recommend it. (Gah, I said recognize it! I blame autocorrect!)
Another book to help guide your breeding would be The American Standard of Perfection. It’s very important, though it doesn’t teach genetics.
Genetics of the Fowl by F.B. Hutt is great for this.
And lastly, a chicken history book that reads like an amazing narrative -seriously this author is one of the best- Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

These books may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but I’ve got a boatload of poultry books and these are my definite favorites. I love to use definite book sources for my knowledge and articles, BYC and the like are great, but I like to verify everything I hear.
 
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None taken. There are an amazing number of books on chickens out there. I think some of the information is marginal at best - but at least it gets people started. Better than no info at all.
Actually the Talking Chickens book was offered at one of our chicken swaps. Another friend bought it. I read most of her copy but I don't have one yet.
As good as the book is, at this point in my life there aren't many commonly available books I can glean much from on the subject. I'm missing a couple good books I took to one of my advanced classes but can't find. I don't think anyone took them, I just misplaced them.
Most of the books are text books.
One was Broiler Breeder Management and another was a Poultry breeder nutrition text book.
Others I want are Poultry Lighting: theory and practice. ISBN-13: 978-0955210402
Genetics of Chicken Colours and another book is Genetics of Chicken Extremes. Neither are available from regular book sites but are sold exclusively by the author, Sigrid Van Dort, whom I have spoken with.
http://www.chickencolours.com/pagina3.html.
I’ve always wanted to read her books! :hit
But the cost! I must put this on my Christmas list.
 

ChickenCanoe

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Storeys Guide to Poultry Breeds was my first poultry book and was what originally got me interested in chickens... because of the variety available. I’d totally recognize it.
Another book to help guide your breeding would be The American Standard of Perfection. It’s very important, though it doesn’t teach genetics.
Genetics of the Fowl by F.B. Hutt is great for this.
And lastly, a chicken history book that reads like an amazing narrative -seriously this author is one of the best- Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

These books may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but I’ve got a boatload of poultry books and these are my definite favorites. I love to use definite book sources for my knowledge and articles, BYC and the like are great, but I like to verify everything I hear.
My daughter got 'Why Did the Chicken Cross the World' for me for christmas a few years ago. I loved it.
I’ve always wanted to read her books! :hit
But the cost! I must put this on my Christmas list.
They've been on my Christmas list for years. :idunno
 
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