Here's a collection of chicken resources
to help you gain more knowledge and/or products
you might need in raising a backyard flock.
Raising Chickens for Dummies
by Kimberly Willis and Rob Ludlow
This is a great, all-purpose book of chicken information for anyone
wanting to get started. It's also a good reference book. (Rob Ludlow is the owner
of Backyard Chickens, the largest chicken website out there.)
A Chicken in Every Yard:
The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Keeping Chickens
by Robert and Hannah Litt
Another good all-purpose book to get you started. One of the things I love about this book is the friendly way it's written. And it's drawn on years of experience not only personally as chicken owners, but as people who have been selling chickens to city farmers for years.
Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces
by Barbara Kilarski
This book addresses the urban chicken farmer and is full of lots of information, resources,
vintage chicken ads, and color photos of chicken breeds and coops.
Keeping Chickens with Ashley English:
All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock
There are a few things I love about this chicken book.
One, it's beautiful. The layout, the pictures, all of it. It's just pleasing to look at.
But this book is more than a picture book. It's filled with everything you
need to know to get started with chickens, including supply lists and plans
to build your own coops and chicken nest boxes. There's also a great
section on chicken breeds, along with full-color photos to help
you decide which breeds will be the best fit for you. And there's even egg
Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock
by Judy Pangman
This book is a WONDERFUL resource for gleaning ideas in making your own backyard coop. There's many great coops in the book with pictures and plans to get your juices flowing.
Just A Couple Of Chickens:
Raising Poultry and a Family in Hard Times
by Corinne Tippett
This is another true-life chicken raising story. It's worth the read because:
1. It's very funny. 2. If you're wanting to raise poultry of any kind, you can learn from
someone else's experience 3. There's a section in the back filled with practical
information and resources for you to get started with a flock of your own--whether
that's chickens, quail, pheasants or more.
Chickens for Backyards
Chicken Breed Chart
My Pet Chicken
The Chicken Whisperer
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
These folks have a HUGE and active forum for chicken people to connect and help each other out with advice.
Just Answer. com
Just Answer is an online service for help. Veterinarians answer the questions you ask within a very short period of time. (There is a fee for this, but they also have a money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied with the answer).
Ask your local feed supply store owners for additional local chicken resources. They're usually a great wealth of information and can point you in some new directions.