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??? The best Chicken book

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Half-a-dozen, May 26, 2007.

  1. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have any advice on the best chicken book to buy for a newbie to raising and keeping chickens?
     
  2. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens.

    Welcome and good luck![​IMG]
     
  3. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply, I do love this site!!!![​IMG][​IMG]:)
     
  4. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got all the basics from Keep Chickens! by Kilarski. It is really short and readable, which was a priority for me. And it has cute drawings.

    I also bought "Building Chicken Coops" by Damerow for a whopping $3.95. It was an excellent resource while we were building the coop, and I have a waiting list of friends that want to borrow it lately! [​IMG]

    -MTchick
     
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock by Jay Rossier

    This was the first book I looked at and it really covers the basics well. I have Storey's Guide but it covers everything you ever wanted to know about chickens and then some. I found the first book to be a better read...
     
  6. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    The photos in Jay Rossier's book are eggcellent, I think his book is one of the best books for beginners. I agree with Mac, Living with Chickens is very readable.

    I also recommend subscribing to Backyard Poultry magazine, you might find the latest issue at Tractor Supply. The magazine's website is www.backyardpoultrymag.com
    Stephanie
     
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    I forgot to mention it... I enjoy Backyard Poultry magazine to. I've subscribed since the second issue.
     
  8. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone seems to say Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, but my personal favourite is Starting with Chickens by Katie Thear.
     
  9. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I haven't read it, but I heard that "The Chicken Health Handbook" is excellent.
    It has advice on Hatchability, productivity, incubation, nutrition, parasites, infectious diseases and anatomy.

    I plan on getting this book. I don't have any chicken books, I have DH, who has been raising chickens as far back as he can remember. He is my reference material! [​IMG]


    Jean
     
  10. thechickenfarmer

    thechickenfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken health hand book is great to have around for trouble shooting any problems. I've found it helpful. [​IMG]
     

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