Whether you’re looking to raise chickens for eggs, meat, bug control, or just for show, here are 7 books on keeping chickens that will help you get started. They cover everything from choosing the right breed, to knowing what chicken diseases to watch out for.
A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store’s Guide to Chicken Keeping
Are you a city dweller who wants to have some chickens? Then check out this book! Learn how to build a coop, what to feed your flock, keep them healthy, treat common chicken diseases, and even information on legal considerations. Even if you don’t live in the city, this guide can help you successfully take care of your new feathered friends.
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard
A difficult part to raising chickens is often trying to let them be free-range, but keeping them from destroying the garden at the same time. This book on keeping chickens offers landscaping ideas that are “chicken-friendly” and that also still enable you to enjoy your gardening time without having to keep the chickens in a coop all of the time.
Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care: A Color Directory of the Most Popular Breeds and Their Care
There are so many breeds of chicken out there that it’s difficult to know what they are. Here is a mini encyclopedia, complete with pictures, on various breeds of chickens. Not only can you get a peek at what each one looks like, but this mini encyclopedia also explains the history and origin of each breed, weight ranges, behavior, and egg characteristics.
Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock
So, you have an idea on what types of chickens you want to raise, but now you need to figure out where they are going to live. This book offers plans for 45 coops out of new and used wood. It also offers ideas on how to utilize something you might already have; a little shed, green house, or an old trailer frame to make a coop. Besides having plans to build a home for your chickens, you can also learn how to make nestboxes, feeders, and waterers.
Feeding Poultry: The Classic Guide to Poultry Nutrition for Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Gamebirds, and Pigeons
All poultry are talked about in this classic guide, not just chickens. This book has been around for 60 years and is still being read by individuals who want to know how to feed their flocks the best diet possible. The author definitely knew what he was talking about. He had a Ph.D. In Poultry Science and wrote hundreds of articles on the subject. You can probably learn a lot from him!
The Chicken Health Handbook
Know the signs and symptoms of diseases and illness that afflict chickens, whether they are raised merely for eggs and/or meat, or fancy show-chickens. Keep your chickens healthy and know what to look for. This handbook on keeping chickens discusses vitamin deficiency, molting, problems that can arise from an incubator being too hot or too cold, and much more.
Your Chickens: A Kid’s Guide to Raising and Showing
Besides being an excellent project for 4H, raising and showing chickens can teach kids all sorts of things about life in general. Here’s a great kid’s guide for getting kids started on raising a few chickens to either keep as pets, or show them to raise a bit of money. It covers a little bit of everything; choosing chickens, making sure they have proper food and housing, keeping them healthy, and more.
I hope these books on keeping chickens will help you on your chicken-raising adventure. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 or 200, chickens are fun to raise and even highly entertaining at times!
What types of chickens were you thinking of raising?