#1 My Pet Chicken Handbook
It seems that the backyard chicken has become the new pet and with good reason. Chickens are personable, beautiful and mostly low maintenance. However, they do have their quirks and puzzling behaviors.
Lissa Lucas and Traci Torres have written a handbook that explains the common mistakes and pitfalls that occur when raising a flock of chickens in your backyard.
With years of experience and customer feedback, they help potential chicken owners to decide whether chicken keeping is right for them, how to make the best choices for their situation, how to start planning for the new pets, and most importantly how to spot potential trouble before the chickens arrive.
Detailed care instructions for baby chickens and mature chickens help to ensure a friendly and enjoyable flock. The handbook covers topics like, choosing coops, planning a daily routine, learning about sanitation practices and discovering signs of distress.
#2 The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
This is one of the best guides for raising chickens for small-scale farmer, homesteader and professional grower. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.
Readers will discover information about growing and sourcing feed for small scale, brooding and breeding at home and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard.
No other book takes an entirely whole-systems approach to raising chickens or discusses producing home grown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a great guide that will help people into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.
#3 Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens
From hatching chicks to putting eggs on the table, this extensive guide has all the information you will need to successfully keep chickens.
This guide will show you how to choose the right breed for your situation, how to construct an efficient chicken coop. It will also provide the necessary medical information to help you maintain healthy chickens and much more.