View Full Version : Good "how to raise chickens" book?
Mar. 31, 2012, 08:31 PM
There are a bunch out there, so what do you guys recommend as just a basic one? I want a good one that talks about keeping them free-range but also how to keep them when that's not possible (short- or long-term). I need the basics on health care (I know they're pretty easy), and the basics on feeding. I have the basics of the basics down, just want/need the next few levels :)
Mar. 31, 2012, 09:17 PM
Look for books by Gail Dammerow. Very knowledgeable woman re: all sorts of poultry. Best buys for her books are on Amazon. Just do a search there for her books & consider yourself a kid in a candy shop.
Mar. 31, 2012, 09:57 PM
Just what I need - another candy shop :D
Apr. 1, 2012, 04:22 PM
I'll check when I get home but a very good one I've read is "small scale poultry". It is pretty well done overall.
I should have known there's be a Storey's Guide, and that's where I found Dammerow (among others).
Apr. 1, 2012, 09:36 PM
This is a good resource for info, good forum http://www.backyardchickens.com/
Apr. 2, 2012, 08:18 AM
Ok, I looked and the book's full title is "The Small-Scale Poultry Flock, an all natural approach to raising chickens and other fowl for home and market growers." By Harvey Ussery.
It is decent. He gets into the netting that I use as well as more permanent housing. Lots of pics of what he's doing. He's kind of a "natural" type and not really into confinement but he discusses things that are hard to find in many poultry books like working with broody hens to raise chicks.
Thanks NJR - found them already and you're right, it's a great site!
Thanks DDB - that sounds very much like what I want (though not doubting Dammerow's info on it) though I realize it may not be what I can do given our outdoor cats - we'll see. I would love the info on the broody hens to raise chicks since that's how I would MUCH prefer to add to the flock down the road