- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care / Feeding / Facilities 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
-- 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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I refrence this book frequently, using it to learn how to do everything from select the correct feed we needed, to building the coop, to managing the health of our little flock. My family has found that taking care of our chickens has been very rewarding and expect to expand our flock next spring.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about getting started raising chickens. It is well written and easily understood. It covers everything you need to know, starting with selecting what breed to purchase all the way up to butchering and selling eggs.
I bought and read this book at the end of 2008. I was amazed by the quality and quantity of detailed information I found there. It was written for me and for my needs and my stupid basic questions.
Clear explanations on how to design a coop. How much space is needed for chicks to grow up happily. How much water I had to provide for in the summertime. And predators, illnesses, common mistakes, and many more important things. All very detailed and useful!
I own a flock, now.
This book gave me all the information I needed to really start. And the inspiration to go on in this hobby.
I collect eggs everyday now, with my big pleasure. And I'm very happy of my choice: this book is a must for every beginner! I recommend it absolutely.
1. Choosing the Perfect Chicken
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
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.
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.