Best chicken raising book ever?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by congdon476, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    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! [​IMG]
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Of the ones Ive read so far, I like "A Guide To Raising Chickens" [​IMG]
  3. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I really like "Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks"
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    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 [​IMG], 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 [​IMG]

    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.

  5. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Quote: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
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    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! [​IMG]

    Hope this helps!

  7. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    i only use BYC and its worked great for me
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 5, 2007
    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 [​IMG]
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    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
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2009
  10. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Quote:Im currently reading it now. [​IMG] Love it so far. [​IMG]

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