Books about chickens.

Looking for a book about how to raise chickens? Or maybe some light-hearted stories featuring hens?

You're in the right place!

On this page you'll find links to my reviews of the best reference books about chickens and chicken keeping: which breeds will suit your family best, how to incubate and hatch, health issues and how to deal with them, creating a chicken-friendly garden...

You'll also discover some delightful non-reference books featuring chickens, from fairy tales to heartwarming stories of how chickens can change lives.

Books about chickens - chicken standing on a pile of books against a black background. Pin for later.

Each review has sections about...

  • who the book will be good for
  • what it covers
  • what's special about it
  • good and not so good points
  • how it features in my "Golden Egg" award
  • where to find it.

Click on the headings or buttons to go to the specific review page.

Happy reading!


I own all the books I review and can honestly recommend them. I'm not paid anything for my reviews, nor have I received a free copy.

I simply view them as excellent resources which will genuinely help you as much as they've helped me.

Reference Books.

Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks

Author: Gail Damerow.

Incubating and hatching your own chicks - book review - link.

This is my go-to source for everything about incubating, hatching and brooding chicks at home or at school.

Written in clear, easily understood language, it’s suitable for both the newcomer to hatching, and the more experienced.

I’ve owned this book ever since I first started incubating. I wouldn’t be without it.


Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds

Thumbnail: Storey's guide to poultry breeds - book review.

More than 128 breeds of poultry are described in this beautifully illustrated guide. Each one has at least two, usually more, photographs, a brief description and a list of facts about the breed.

Mostly covering chickens, there are also sections on waterfowl, turkeys and "other types".

If you want to start or expand your flock, this is a great place to start.


The Chicken Health Handbook

Author: Gail Damerow.

Thumbnail: Gail Damerow Chicken Health Handbook review - link.

If you could only have one book in your chicken-library, this would be my recommendation.

It's the most comprehensive, detailed information about every ailment that might befall your flock, together with illustrations which show exactly how a chicken looks when it's suffering any of them.

It's not a substitute for a veterinarian, but it's the next best thing.


Fiction books featuring chickens.

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella

Author: Jan Brett.

Cinderella - a Chicken Fairy-Tale - link.

Not a book about keeping chickens, but a delightful re-working of the fairy tale - with a Silkie chicken taking centre stage!

I've bought it as a Christmas gift for a number of people (both old and young) who have all loved it.

The illustrations are stunningly magical, and the book is printed on beautiful quality paper. One not to be missed!


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Raising chickens: a beginner's guide - link.
Chicken health - link.
The amazing hatching chicken eggs section - link.
Link to Raising Happy Chickens home page.