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Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition Paperback – January 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1603424691 ISBN-10: 9781603424691 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 3rd edition (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781603424691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603424691
  • ASIN: 1603424695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Everything you need to know about chickens, all in one easy-to-understand volume: Breed selcetion, health issues, care and maintenace, incubating, hatching, feed and shelter, egg and meat prodution, and more.  Many photos and illustrations, tables and index.” – Back Home

 

From the Back Cover

Once you decide to raise chickens, you'll need all the information and advice you can get. And lucky for you, this book is as far as you'll have to look. A Guide to Raising Chickens contains everything you need to know, from starting your own backyard flock to putting eggs on the table. With easy-to-understand illustrations and text, this book shows you all about:

-- Choosing the right breed

-- Caring for chicks

--Feeding the growing flock

-- Building feeders and shelters

-- Collecting and storing eggs

-- Preventing health problems

-- Raising broilers for meat

-- Showing your chickens


More About the Author

Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food, make their own yogurt and ice cream, and bake their own bread. Gail has written extensively on raising livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural skills. She shares her experience and knowledge as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry magazine, as a contributor to numerous other periodicals, and as the author or contributor to more than a dozen country skills how-to books.

Customer Reviews

This book is very informative about how to raise chickens.
amy8424m
I just bought the new edition of this book as my old copy was very tattered.
Joy
This book is very informative, well laid out and easy to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Malori Fuchs on February 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have browsed/read the previous edition of Gail Damerow's book, but in this one I discovered information that was not in the older one. For example, the information about types of predators and how to identify them was of particular interest to me, since one of my young chickens was eaten by a "mystery animal." This book is great as either a book to read through or as a handbook (which I am using it as). There's also good guidelines on making your own feed. Every chicken keeper must own this book!
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Silea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2011
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This book is written for people who plan to keep large flocks and focus on productivity. There are little edits here and there to accommodate the growing masses of people keeping a few hens in their backyard, but that's in the form of asides like, '...but if you only have a few chickens you probably won't have this problem.'

My favorite example was in the discussion of diseases. There's a long section about how to recognize various diseases, how to treat them, and so on. At the end, the author comments that not every chicken death is attributable to a disease, and finding a dead chicken or two every now and again is no reason for panic. I plan to have 3 or 4 chickens. If two dropped dead, that would be half of my flock, and i would definitely panic.

If you plan to run a large flock, this book will be very valuable. It has a great deal of information on good laying breeds, good meat breeds, and so on. It discusses diseases, infections, and how to tell what kind of predator killed your bird by what bits you find left on the ground.

However, if you plan to keep a few chickens as layers and pets, and don't want to be told that you should send them off for slaughter after they pass their prime laying years (about age 2), you might not get what you want or need from this book. It's full of admonitions against mixing breeds, mixing age groups, and so on that are important in large flocks but manageable in smaller ones. If you plan to name your chickens, i highly recommend skipping this book and getting A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping instead. It's oriented toward people keeping a few chickens in their urban or suburban back yard, and has no chapters on how to slaughter a chicken.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Scott Davis on April 14, 2010
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Well I haven't read that many books on raising chickens, but this book seems to be THE guide to have. Every subject you can imagine is covered. However, I think the breed selection section could be better. The other book I have is Keeping Chickens, which has terrific pictures and descriptions of the most popular breeds available. Like I said in the review of that book: a marriage of the two books would be perfect. If you're looking for a detailed reference book about raising chickens this is definitely the book for you.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By RR TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2010
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I can't imagine a better book about raising chickens. Gail Damerow covers EVERY RELEVANT SUBJECT. Her writing style is so great that I find myself reading just for the pleasure of it. Her 40+ years of experience raising chickens has acquainted her with every possible subject and issue. She has also consulted with other experts to give the reader an even wider view on many subjects. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Scott on April 14, 2010
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I have read several books about keeping a home flock of chickens and this is my favorite. The new edition has even better up to date information.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joy on December 20, 2010
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I just bought the new edition of this book as my old copy was very tattered. I started raising chickens 20 years ago and this book was my 'bible' until I had gathered enough experience to gain confidence in what I was doing. I still use it as a general reference guide even now. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a backyard flock.

The book is geared more towards a backyard business flock than a hobby flock. However a chicken is a chicken and all of the feed, housing and problem resolution information is applicable, just on a smaller scale.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JB on June 16, 2011
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I own at least five other books on chickens and have checked many more out from the library, and this is definitely the best, really the only one that you need. It's well organized and very informative. It covers the basics of housing, feed, illness, etc. I'm just starting out with 15 chicks that I'm raising organically, and I'm interested in organic feed and methods, as well as preventing illness without medicated feed. This book contains practical, detailed information with helpful illustrations and photos.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By countrydreamer on September 2, 2010
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I don't like this book, because every time I had a problem with the chicken and tried to look it up I didn't find an answer. There are no cures for sick chicken and questions for a normal backyard chicken keeper are not covered.
Instead you will find lengthy descriptions about backyard chicken cages.
I like much more the book backyard poultry naturally because she gives solutions to problems.
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