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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wanted to build the ideal garden in which your chickens can free range amongst your flowers, plants and vegetables – without destroying everything in sight?
Jessi Bloom is a professional horticulturalist and passionate chicken keeper who has combined these two skills to create a book which will help you to plan your ideal enclosure.
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!