Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care / Feeding / Facilities 2nd 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
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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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.
Damerow covers every possible aspect of raising chickens - including recipes! This book really could be considered the "textbook" for chicken raising [for both small scale and large scale chicken operations].
However, the book also has the "dryness" of a textbook. The other books I found were far more entertaining to read, but none of them were as thorough as this one.
So, personally, I am glad to have this book on hand as a reference and I am sure I will refer to it many times over the years. But if you are looking for something fun to read, this isn't really it. Go buy "Living with Chickens" for that. :)
I needed some help before engaging in my new hobby of raising chickens.
I bought this book upon recommendation from others and overall am very
pleased. The book covers a lot of topics, many of which are not applicable
to me (how to slaughter and remove feathers, showing your chickens) but
I am glad the info is in there. Some people complain that there are not
color pictures of various breeds, but I didn't need that and you can look
online for nice pictures. My chicks are now 8 weeks old and healthy and
I am sure I owe a lot of it to this book.
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.
Top international reviews
Never sure where to use the word chicken or hen. I consider chickens to be something prepared for the table and hens to be still running around but does it really matter in the greater scheme of things. The links within the book are aimed in the main at those living in the US, that said it provides a great deal of information. But as my intention was to keep hens only for eggs, not those suited to eating, and nor did I intend to show my hens I probably got carried away and bought the wrong book. If you are aiming for a few backyard hens perhaps start with something simpler. If you think you might get carried away as I did for a - very - short lived time then this book could be the answer. I don't like to mark a book down simply because I bought something that covered a lot more than I needed so have given it four stars.