Keeping our chickens safe is one of the main priorities of any chicken keeper.
But how to know which predators we have in our area? And, if they have already struck, how can we work out which predators we may be faced with?
Identifying and understanding predators and their behaviour is critical to anyone who keeps a flock of backyard chickens, no matter how small.
Knowledge empowers us to take steps to make sure our chickens are as secure and safe as they could possibly be.
Does Gail Damerow's poultry predator identification manual help us with that?
This review looks at who will benefit from having the book, what it covers, what makes it stand apart from others, what reviews say, and whether the book will be helpful to you and your individual circumstances.
Take a look at my copy (below). It's well used, and with good reason.
I've had more than a few chickens killed, and needed a way to discover what was likely to be killing them so that I could understand their behaviour and therefore learn how best to protect my flock.
If you have chickens, you're more than likely to have predators. And if you have predators, it's always critical to be able to identify which it is.
Knowing how to identify them and understand their behaviour is the only way to move forward in adequately protecting your chickens.
So yes – if you want to keep your chickens safe, this book is a must-have.
Part one deals with the "how to" questions: how to tell which predators you have; how to know in which season they're likely to attack; how to make sure you look for the tiny details which will separate one predator from another; how chickens are likely to respond to an attack, and what to do about it.
Part two reviews the different predator groups, and individuals within each group. Each is accompanied by photos and silhouettes as well as text descriptions.
Surprisingly, there aren't a lot of reviews on Amazon: only 51 globally, and only six of those had a written comment.
86% scored the book either four or five stars. Comments say the book...
There was only one negative written review, which said the book did not specifically identify the person's predator.
I think that's understandable. Each individual situation is different. What the book does is describe how to piece different bits of information together to identify the problem. It can't take account of every circumstance.
That's our job as guardians of our flock.
If you've looked at any of my other reviews you'll know that I award
"Golden Eggs" for products, from one for "save your money" to five – "don't miss out on this wonderful
How many does 'What's Killing My Chickens' get?
There's no doubt in my mind about this one. It deserves no less than...
My copy is so well read that the spine is creased and the cover looks more than a little the worse for wear.
I guarantee that yours will be, too.
Published by Storey Publishing, LLC, December, 2019
Author: Gail Damerow
Number of pages: 272
ISBN number: 978-1612129099