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Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens

Product Name:Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens 3rd Edition
Author:Gail Damerow
Publisher:Storey Publishing
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens
Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens - Best Advice on the best breeds for meat and best breeds for eggs

From absolute beginners to seasoned enthusiasts wanting a little extra advice, this Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens covers everything you need to know to when it comes to raising chickens. In one volume all bases are covered from incubation and hatching to feed and shelter.

The author, Gail Damerow, keeps poultry herself and writes regularly for Backyard Poultry Magazine, so is somewhat of an expert.

This is the third edition and has been revised to include new content and up to date information sure to be invaluable to those wanting to raise chickens.

This is a big book featuring 14 chapters and is extensive in the topics covered.

It starts with choosing the right breed which is obviously a crucial step towards being successful. It then goes through topics such as caring for chicks, making feed, building shelters, collecting eggs and showing your hens.

It even tells you how to raise broilers for their meat.

It features a chapter on butchering the birds for meat and deals with this sensitive subject respectfully and maturely.

This new edition also features really useful advice on health problems chickens can face such as avian influenza.

Book Specifications for the Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens 3rd Edition

Author: Gail Damerow
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Book Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Pages: 448 pages
Format: Paperback

Other Available Formats: Hardback, Kindle


  • This revised edition features a brand new chapter on training chickens, more info on hobby farming and more up to date facts about chicken health issues.
  • All aspects of chicken care are covered in depth.
  • Easy to understand text and illustrations


  • More suited to slightly larger backyard business flocks than purely hobby flocks.
  • Not much information on organic methods of raising chickens.

This book is perfect for newcomers to raising chickens as the information is not only in depth and informative but has a clear and concise layout and uses easy to understand language.

Once you have mastered the basics it can act as an invaluable handbook that can be referred to time after time. The fact you can use this book for reference means even those who have kept chickens for years are bound to find something of use.

Many people that keep chickens have found this book useful especially the advice on the best breeds for meat and best breeds for eggs etc.

The one drawback seems to be that it caters less for those hobbyists keeping just 3 or 4 chickens. Whilst much of the book is invaluable for all, some advice will only apply to larger flocks. However, many hobbyists have found the content useful when simply scaled down to size.

Deciding to care for chickens can be a big step so making sure you have all the information is vital. The information and guidance within this book will guide you from choosing the right breed, through hatching, care, eggs and meat plus so much more.

With every conceivable topic covered a comprehensive guide such as Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens is exactly what you need to transform you from a novice into an expert.

Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens - Best Advice on the best breeds for meat and best breeds for eggs

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