reading materials

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nuts4chickens, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. nuts4chickens

    nuts4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone suggest a good book covering chicken diseases, treatments, and overall flock management? Looking for an advanced book since chicken vets are scarce around here. All the chicken books I have found so far arent very in depth.
     
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    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out the homepage to see BYC's raising chickens for dummies book.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    For reasonably detailed/comprehensive coverage of health type issues in particular (which sounds like that's your main interest?) the usual recommendation is Gail Damerow's Chicken Health Handbook. I have not seen anything better than it, although I am not a big fan of it either. If someone knows a better in-depth health info book I'd like to hear about it; but until and unless that happens, I will still recommmend the Chicken Health Handbook I guess.

    Pat
     
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    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    For chicken breeding you must read The Mating and Breeding of poultry!
     
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    biddyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our two staples, both purchased at our local Orscheln store, are: first... Choosing and Keeping Chickens by Chris Graham with many color photos of standard and bantam breeds with about a 1 1/2 page discussion of the breed background, appearance, egg or meat qualities, and so on. My favorite "browse" book. Second, and much more detailed in all chicken keeping details, is Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities by Gail Damerow. I cannot compare with other guides, but these have given us needed information, and you just cannot beat the color breed photos in the Chris Graham book. Happy Reading:) ~G
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Storey's guide to Raising Chickens is the best chicken book. Raising Chickens for Dummies is the second best. The best resource of all? You're looking at it right now! BYC!
     
  7. nuts4chickens

    nuts4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone for your input! I just ordered the Chicken Health Handbook, and I'm going to look into the other suggestions as well. I've learned soooo much here on BYC. [​IMG]
     

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