Recommended Chicken books

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LivingFate, May 19, 2008.

  1. LivingFate

    LivingFate In the Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    I did a search but couldn't bring anything up I was looking for...not sure if this is the right place to post but what are some good books for beginners?
  2. CathyB

    CathyB Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    Someone here told me to get Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens. It was very good!
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    try 'search' for books, and you will find several very good and comprehensive older threads on the subject.

    My personal opinion, in brief:

    Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, by Gail Damerow, is the best basic reference I've read, although it is more aimed towards people in rural areas with at least a dozen or two chickens. (In contrast, I do not care for Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry, by I think Leonard Mercia?... it is too factory-farm-style for me.)

    Keep Chickens!, by Barbara Kilarski, is a little thin on practical information but is WONDERFUL encouragement and inspiration for those in urban and suburban settings, and is an esp. good thing to hand your DH if he's inventing objections [​IMG]

    The Chicken Health Handbook, by Gail Damerow again, is not the only book to own, but is worth having if you like to be prepared with information. DO NOT get it if you are prone to imagine that you or your animals have every single disease that you read about, though [​IMG]

    Raising Baby Chicks (I'm not sure I have that title quite right), by Robert Plamondon, I have found to be quite valuable for brooding my first bunch o' chicks. It is aimed more at people with 20-200 chicks than at people with just three chicks in a tupperware tub in their kitchen, though.

    There are a bunch of other books, but none I've read that I'd suggest as sort of basic starter equipment. However I know there ARE at least 4-6 other basic chicken books that I have not read, and I do not claim that the above are the best in any absolute sense [​IMG]

    Have fun, and do search for other threads on this,

    Last edited: May 19, 2008
  4. Sparrow

    Sparrow Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    My personal favorite is: Hobby Farms Chickens by Sue Weaver. It is geared more towards people who view their smallish flock as pets/egglayers rather than large scale production or meatbirds. It's written nicely, and it has lots of great photos!! lol

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