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Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care / Feeding / Facilities Paperback – January 12, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1580173254 ISBN-10: 158017325X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (January 12, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017325X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580173254
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,926 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

The ONLY thing this book lacks, in my view, is a good anatomical illustration.
Kekone
EVERYTHING you would ever want to know about raising a flock of backyard chickens is superbly covered in this book!
Randall Rose
I had purchased another book previously, but this book is the one I refer to each and every time.
Connie Brannon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

138 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Dean on June 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Finally, a complete reference that covers all the major areas of raising chickens. As a poultry farm and hatchery owner, I always suggest this book first to anyone interested in raising chickens. This is an indepth yet easy to read guide that is sure to educate even the most experienced chicken fancier. This book will help you choose the right breed of chicken, how to care for them, maintain their health, and meet your individual goals for your flock. This is currently the premier guide to raising chickens available.
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Best investment I made to help me raise my chickens! Information is right on, helped diagnosing "broody's" to viruses. Phenomenal information on hatching, breed types, feeding & behaviour. Other books I had purchased before were difficult to understand or just to generalized. I now have a flock of 16 free range chickens, (7 of them hatched by my hens), and my 8 mature hens are producing from 25 - 60 eggs a week. In comparison to my friend who has a flock of 35, my chickens are healthier (free range hers are caged), have little or no cannibalistic habits (her chickens are 1/2 bald for the fighting), and produce substantially more eggs than hers. Now I am buying her a copy for Christmas!
Most of the book is well organized and thought out. There are a few places where better cross referencing would help, but overall, you can find what you are looking for. Definite cover to cover read and keeper for future reference.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By " Anti Microchip " VINE VOICE on October 14, 2007
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Let me start off by saying that the information in this book is very solid. Gail Damerow has probably forgotten more about chickens than I will ever learn. This book is an excellent resource, and is more informative than any other chicken book I own (I own 8 or 9).

So your probably asking me why I gave it three stars. IT'S ONE OF THE MOST BORING BOOKS I'VE EVER READ. I expected a text book feel from Ms. Damerow because I'm familiar with her style (I own 3 books by her). Plus I'm used to books that have a text book approach. However, this one gets the boring (aka text book) prize of the year. I have honestly used this book for insomnia!!! Not a joke.

My final conclusion is that this book is worth having. I use it as a reference because the information packed in it's pages has no rival. But, If your looking for a beginner chicken book look at, "Choosing and keeping Chickens" By Chris Graham. It is informative, has a breed section (which this book really doesn't have), and is easily comprehended and applied. If your looking to learn about chickens and save money on prescription sleeping medication look no further. Who needs Ambien with this Gail Damerow boring you into a much needed state of somnolence.

WARNING!!!! If you read nothing else read this. This book comes up with a pamphlet on chicken coups on AMAZON searches. The pamphlet is written by Gail Damerow, and is a section from this book (word for word). You do not need to buy both. Again, the pamphlet about building chicken coups written by the same author is a word for word copy out of a chapter in this book. Please don't buy both.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a complete guide to everything you need to know about raising chickens. I started as an ignorant amatuer and, after having read this book, know just about everything I need to know. It covers all the bases- health, showing, adult care, grower care, chick care, breeding, incubation and hatching, blueprints for housing, a helpful glossary, ect. I have raised a sucessful, healthy flock on this book alone! Good for an expert or beginner, expert exhibitor or amatuer, easy to understand, informative, and fun to read!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Laura Haggarty on June 13, 2005
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This book and Damerow's other book, "The Chicken Health Handbook" are the two I recommend to new chicken owners. This book focuses on getting you started, and includes the following chapters:

1. Choosing the Perfect Chicken

2. Housing

3. Feeding

4. Meat Bird Management

5. Butchering Day (and Good Eating to Follow)

6. Layer Management

7. Table Eggs

8. Managing Breeders

9. Incubation and Hatching

10. Chicken Care

11. General Management

12. Health Management

13. Showing

Glossary

State Resources

Organizations

Recommended Reading

Videos

Suppliers

Index

The only quibble I have with this book is that Damerow includes very little on how to effectively treat a sick chicken, other than culling it. This can be unsettling to the novice poultry owner, who is not always ready to cull those birds that are pets. That's why I like to recommend also purchasing her other book on health (see above.) It is a much more exhaustive reference with symptoms and treatments for various illnesses (chickens, unfortunately, are susceptible to a large number of ailments.)

But all in all this is a very good book for the beginning fancier, and well worth the purchase.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brandywine on September 8, 2001
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We got this book becuase one of my 4 chickens stopped laying and was just sitting in her box, looking ill. We were panicked until the book arrived and I read about "brooding".
We followed the book's instructions and she started laying again in 4 days!
Great help!
The only thing missing is an anatomy section on chickens...for us truly clueless.
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