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Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: 3rd Edition 3rd Edition

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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

 

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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Storey's Guide to Raising
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 3 edition (February 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603424709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603424707
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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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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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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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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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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Okay, first off, this book is BIG. I honestly was not expecting it to be this chunky! 438 pages chock-ful of info about how to raise your own chickens.

The book is divided into 14 (!) chapters, each of them being quite in-depth. Since they're all so long, I will give you a rundown of the first one, Choosing a Breed, which encompasses a brief description of breeds known by man. It starts off with Breed Selection, where the author describes meat, layer, low maintenance, and ornamental breeds, among others; a discussion of "Purebreed" versus "Hybrid"; advice for the reader to weigh the pros and cons of starting a flock with eggs, or with baby chicks; Examining Birds, a section which includes a diagram to identify a healthy chicken and ADVICE on how not to get an old, sickly one; and finally, Getting Started, where some basic guidelines for time of the year and flock size are established: the author gives you three "golden flock-size rules", which I won't tell you - you'll have to find out by yourself!

The second chapter is Fowl Disposition , which is all about chicken personalities and behavior. Next up is Shelter, where the author describes free range, fenced range, portable and permanent shelters, cages and fences in detail , including subsectyions on yard and range rotation. Chapters 4 and 5 deal with feed, water, and Routine Management, which is extremely useful - there is a very long and elaborate list of predators, including drawings of their footprints and lists of signs of damage that can help the reader identify what predator they are dealing with. Besides this, there are also some basic clean up guides, such as trimming beaks, claws, and feathers, as well as Chicken Integration, describing how well chickens and other livestock can get along for maximum profit and fun.
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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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