Recommended reading

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Elinor's chicks, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Elinor's chicks

    Elinor's chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There might already be a thread about this, but I didn't see one.

    Does anyone have any particular recommendations on valuable reading for the new chicken owner something that chicken owners regard as their 'bible' when it comes to raising chickens?

    I have "Living with Chickens" by Jay Rossier and "Hobby Farm Chickens" by Sue Weaver, and they are both pretty good.
     
  2. unemployed chicken

    unemployed chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my opinion you're set. 2 books and BYC is all you need. You may find like I did, that some of the advice in books differs from BYC people, and the BYC people here are always right! Not joking, I have the Storeys guide to raising chickens... While most of it is excellent information, it has a super bad suggestion to mix grower feed 50/50 with oats while pullets are growing. I did that and then learned from a wise BYC'er that it's like mixing veggies with candy for your toddler and then wondering why they are picking throught the veggies to eat only candy! HAH, I always refered to BYC for a 2nd opinion on whatever I read in the book after that one. GOOD LUCK< HAVE FUN!
     
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    The Chicken Health Handbook, by Gail Damerow.
    Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, by Gail Damerow.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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  5. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens is the best followed very closely by Raising Chickens for Dummies and Backyard Poultry magazine. BYC is the best place though.
     
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    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    "The Complete Encyclopedia of Chickens" by Esther Verhoef/Aad Rijs

    VERY good book. Has detailed colored pictures of chicken breeds and gives advice on how to raise chickens.
     
  7. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Quote:Yeah! That's another good one!
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:I agree. Anyone who decides to raise chickens should read these books first.
     
  9. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Backyard Poultry Magazine has been very helpful for me.

    Gail Damerow of Storey's Guide fame often writes articles for it, so I tend to think of it as "updates" for the chicken bible.

    Harvey Ussery's articles are interesting but are getting too preachy
     
  10. vtara16

    vtara16 Out Of The Brooder

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