Getting started. Why raise chickens? 0/3
Requirements (parts list) for raising chickens 0/4
Basic breed types and their characteristics 0/2
Purebred flock vs. assortment 0/1
Incubators and hatching chicks 0/3
When things go wrong and predators too! 0/5
Processing birds 0/4
Books About Chickens
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of books about chickens. It’s a start!
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Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens This is perhaps the most easy resource to obtain. We see it in feed stores, feed stores and even home improvement centers. Apart from being easy to find, this is also a very good book. We always recommend this book to beginners.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry Another very useful and interesting book, this one also dealing with other kinds of poultry. in the area of chickens It doesn’t have quite the depth, as Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens , yet it is quite adequate. It is also quite interesting to read the breed descriptions of the other kinds of poultry.
The Chicken Book by Page Smith and Charles Daniel. This is primarily a book on the history of chickens in domestication.
The Complete Encyclopedia of Chickens by Esther Verhoef Aad Rijs. This book is from the Netherlands and reflects a European perspective on chickens. I was delighted to find a picture of a white Kraienkoppe (I had some of those once, and they were really rare!) as well as a section on the Twente Fowl of the Netherlands (The Dutch version of Kraienkoppe). The photos in this book are spectacular. I had trouble putting it down because of the great content and readability.
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery This is an enthralling book with basic instructions on how to do almost anything “country” as well as many recipes. It is absolutely one of a kind, as it both informs and journals the author’s journey in self sufficiency. It’s section on chickens is somewhat dated, but it’s good. My first copy of this book was actually produced on a mimeograph machine and held together with large clips. Later editions are more polished. There is quite a variation in size and content between earlier and later editions. So, shop around. Carla included a recipe for elephant pie. With care, I’m sure one could cut it down to a single chicken pot pie 😉