Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

by Meghan H

Published April 29, 2019

Attention all chicken enthusiasts! Do you enjoy reading or learning about chickens? If so please be sure to check out what I call my top 10 chicken reads! I have selected a wide variety of books that cover anything and everything chicken related from identification, health, handling, and raising, showing and even cooking. A few of the books even include information on other poultry such as waterfowl and turkeys. I challenge each one of you to check out at least one book from my list below.

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Top 10 Chicken Reads

Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

The Chicken Health Handbook 2nd Edition
By: Gail Damerow

In my opinion, the number one reference book for anyone who currently raises or plans to raise chickens. This book is filled with charts to help identify common symptoms and causes of infections.

Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

101 Chicken Keeping Hacks
By: Lisa Steele

The famous author of Fresh Eggs Daily and 5th generation chicken keeper, Lisa Steel shares 101 chicken keeping hacks. Lisa demonstrates how to use recycled products to enhance and improve your chickens’ lives on a budget.

Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

Backyard Chickens – How to Keep Happy Hens
By: Dave Ingham

How to Keep Happy Hens book is beautifully written for the beginning backyard flock owner or the beginner just dreaming of getting a few chickens.

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Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas For Housing Your Flock


By: Judy Pangman

Bring your chickens home to roost in comfort and style! Whether it’s one hen in a small backyard or a 1,000 hens you free range pasture, you will find the perfect housing plan in this comprehensive handbook.

Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens
By: Melissa Caughey

Do you have little ones that love chickens or may be interested in raising them? This book covers a little bit of everything from friendliest breeds, daily care, and chicken crafts.

Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

How to Raise Chickens – FFA
By: Christine Heinrichs

Are you interested in showing your chickens? Then this book is a must-read! In no time, you will learn helpful tips on how to properly show a chicken and take home the blue ribbon at your fair.

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The Small Scale Poultry Flock
By: Harvery Ussery

The most comprehensive and definitive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry, with practical and integrative models for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.

First Time Chicken Keeping book

First Time Chicken Keeping
By: Andy Schneider

This book teaches and illustrates everything you need to know about raising and maintaining your own flock.

Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
By: Stacie Billis

Sick and tired of the same old chicken recipes? Check out this new cookbook full of mouthwatering chicken recipes for the entire family. Get the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner cookbook today to guarantee that you will hit the dinner time jackpot.

Top 10 Best Chicken Reads

The Fresh Egg Cookbook
By: Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Whether you’re collecting your eggs from a backyard coop or buying them at farmer’s markets and local farms, Jennifer Trainer Thompson has 101 delicious recipes to help you make the most of them.

What is that saying? “Knowledge is Power!” Dive into a great book and gain the power of poultry knowledge. The more you learn about chickens and poultry, in general, the more confident you will be in successfully raising your flock. Be sure to comment below with some of your favorite chicken books!

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