Books on raising chickens?

sakmeht(Zone 6)March 15, 2011

Hi all,

I live in a suburban area and am planning on getting three chickens. I'm wondering what books you'd recommend on keeping/raising chickens. Storey's Guide to raising chickens looks good as well as some others, but is there any particular book you wouldn't be without? I have an opportunity to order a couple of books from Amazon and would like something comprehensive.

Thanks guys!

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brendasue(6)

I hear story's guides are pretty good, I'm sure there's a few members with good recommendations though.

Might I also recommend hanging out on forums such as this to speed up the learning process. A lot of the discussions cover more than any book can.

I'm sure some of the more serious chickenfolk will be along shortly with their recommendations.

Brendasue

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 4:28PM
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schreber_gaertner

We like "Raising Chickens For Dummies." It had all the info we needed and everything seems to be going great.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 2:01PM
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chelcass(Z5 Michigan, U.P.)

Why spend money on a book when you can get all the information you need on the internet? You can google any question you may have and you will find an answer.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 5:29PM
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sakmeht(Zone 6)

Personally, my husband and I are concerned with the possibility of hyperinflation. If the s**t hits the fan and no more internet, I'd like good reliable references to have.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 7:03PM
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chelcass(Z5 Michigan, U.P.)

Print out everything you think you might need. Also do you have a public library in your area? They usually have internet access free for you to use and you can probably find books there on raising chickens. I have had chickens for over 40 years, a lot is trial and error and a lot is good common sense. Chickens are not hard to raise. Good food, Good shelter, chickens are toughter then most people realize. Good luck with your chickens.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 3:53PM
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adel97

I have a subscription to Backyard Poultry, which has some good articles and even some useful advertising for items you may need. I think it's about $20/year.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 8:32AM
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aracelih

Scribd.com is the best site for downloading books on any topics... Else Google it in google books...

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    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 1:58AM
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    Bookmark   April 5, 2011 at 2:59AM
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sakmeht(Zone 6)

Thanks everyone for all of the constructive replies.
Aracelih, your insights are particularly useful! I don't know what I would have done if you hadn't popped in and reminded me about my struggling sex life. *rolling eyes*

Sharonite - I'll look into the backyard poultry magazine. I went ahead and purchased The Chicken Health Handbook and Storeys Guide to Raising Chickens. Both so far have great info in them.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 10:42PM
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eyecndiggit

You need no book for chickens. You need a decent sized fenced yard, a shelter/egg laying space and water.
But three chickens are pretty much a waste of time and effort unless you live someplace that has good weather year round so you don't have to buy chicken feed. Otherwise store bought eggs would be cheaper.
Three chickens MAY produce three eggs on good days and NO eggs in winter months when there is less daylight.
My chickens lay enough to pay for their own feed in the winter time plus eggs for us and a little extra cash. During good months(non-winter weather) they feed us and put more extra cash into the till.....But we have 40 chickens.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 6:01PM
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    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 2:41AM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Great, now we're geting spammers on a farm forum. These people have no life.

Gail Damerow's book is a good start. Another couple of great chicken books are Rick & Gail Luttman's 'Chickens in your Back Yard' and Robert Stroud's 'Stroud's Digest on the Diseases of Birds'. The Luttmann book is more about everyday chicken keeping for the hobbyist, while Stroud's book (though dated, it was writting in the 1930's but still has tons of good insight, horse sense and info on disease) is more about health. I wouldn't be without either one.

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 11:05AM
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