“Keeping Chickens: Self-Sufficiency” authored by Michael Hatcher
I special ordered a number of books from a local Book Store, and when I went to pick them up I found this tucked away on a shelf for $5 USD. I’m of the mindset that you can really never have too many sources, so I picked it up.
This is a pretty good book for getting you started with Chickens. That being said, the information is a bit thinner than most other books that I’ve read and I would suggest using it in conjunction with a much more in depth guide to Poultry; on its own, there simply isn’t enough information here to give you a full knowledge base.
Regardless, it does have some great topics that aren’t usually discussed in other guides. These include the different types of Chicken Runs and Houses (such as the Apex or Rectangle), different feed types (like table scraps), Winterization for cold climates, how to deal with Flock Bullying and pests, and more. It also touches better on some basic breeds- including average weight ranges, climate performance, and a nice full color illustration of the breed standard.
All in all, it’s definitely a good starting place even if I would suggest moving on to a much larger guide at some point.
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