Are you are trying to figure out what book to buy about chickens and feel absolutely overwhelmed by all the choices on the market? Look no further, I know the perfect book that will meet your needs. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or if you have a million chickens in your backyard, this book is suitable for all types of situations.
Originally I purchased a couple of brightly colored books on chickens, and they are pretty but I wanted more detailed information. I headed to the library to investigate because I didn’t want to waste any more money on books that weren’t meeting my needs. I looked up “chickens” on the computer catalog and pushed all the crazy people out of my way who were looking up boring other stuff that had nothing to do with chickens–if they only knew how exciting the world of backyard chickens is! We will change their minds someday, but that is not the point of this review; more on that another time!
Once I got to where the chicken books are, I literally sat down in front of a display of books and set-up homestead. None of the books had the warm glow that I longed for, calling my name and asking me to pick them up. Instead all the books were dingy and were looking sad from many fingers thumbing through the pages over the years. I pressed on anyways.
I rummaged through a million books and made my peace with seven choices. I wasted no time to get home and break open all the findings.
When all of the sudden this one book flew to the top of the stack and started screaming at me, “PICK ME, PICK ME!”
I picked up a book called, Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition. I can’t begin to tell you how fast my eyes danced through this book. After reviewing so many different backyard chicken books, I was delighted to find that this book had it all.
- Breed information
- Teaching about chicken behavior and pecking order
- Coop information
- Feed and water
- Managing chickens: cleaning coops, handling chickens, incorporating new chickens in your existing flock, predators, weather
- All aspects of health care, parasites, diseases, first aid
- Layer nutrition, eggs, issues, flock replacement, egg collecting, preserving eggs
- Hatching eggs, incubating
- Chick care, problems and solutions
- Showing chickens and exhibiting
- Managing how to raise birds for meat
- Killing, evisceration, prep and sanitation
These are just a few condensed topics, but the list goes on. I told you I wasn’t joking when I said this book has it all!
One thing to note about this book, there are no color pictures in it, but don’t let that distract you. This book is packed with tons of valuable information but not too much that you are overwhelmed; and it’s well designed and structured to find your topics easily.
Storey’s guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow, regular contributor to the great magazine Backyard Poultry and author of many books, will become your go-to book for everything. Between this book and internet research, I’m not sure anyone needs to own many books on chickens and if they do it’s just a personal choice.
Honestly, I wish someone had told me about this book early on when I was just getting started. In fact, I have already ordered my own copy off of Amazon and I haven’t even returned my library copy yet. Don’t miss out! I even provide a handy link above for you to get your own. Or you can click the picture below. It’s also available on Kindle. I recommend a hard copy so you can highlight and mark your favorite parts!
If you have a question about this book, please comment below. For around $15.00, you can’t beat the price for what you get!
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