Which chicken books are you reading?

What better way to spend the lazy days of summer than reading up on chicken keeping? I have several chicken keeping books on my reading list and today I want to share them with you. I'm really big on learning new things and there are so many amazing chicken books out there written by fellow bloggers and other authors. It also helps that some of these are free...cause you know how much I love free stuff...especially when it comes to chickens! 

best chicken keeping books

All of these books are available on Kindle but for those of you that prefer books, many can be ordered in paperback also! For us older folks who grew up with a paperback in hand, vacation reading just needs a 'real' book! Of course you might want to take a peek in your local retail or discount bookstore for secondhand books, cause why pay more? 

Even though I've been raising chickens for 10 years, I still learn from reading about chickens. I'm currently learning more about genetics and how certain disorders can run in family lines. My experience with Wry Neck in Chicks and wry tail in ducks is what started that interest. Not gonna lie, it's kinda boring. lol I promise you none of these chicken keeping books will be boring though!

If you've never read a kindle book I'll give you a super brief overview. It's an app that is available free on any smartphone, tablet or iPad. All you have to do is to use your Amazon account to 'purchase' these books. Some of the books will be free to everybody in Kindle form. Some of these books will only be free to those who have Kindle unlimited subscriptions and will have a purchase price for others. Still others will need purchased through Kindle or ordered in paperback form. 

If you need a Kindle Unlimited membership you can go here for the free 30 day trial. You have 30 days in which to use it free and read as much or as little as you'd like. After that you will be charged $9.99 a month, so cancel it if you do not want to keep it. I had it for several months and enjoyed it immensely. It's a great summer reading tool, since you can read so many books for the one low price.

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I'll provide an Amazon link for each book. Just click the book title to take a closer look at the book. Some paperbacks may be available in your local book store and MANY are available at Tractor Supply or other farm stores. I've done my best to pick books from authors I trust, books I've read and books that I feel offer you great advice to further your chicken keeping knowledge.

So without further ado, here we go....

Chicken keeping books

The Working Chicken: Learn everything you need to know to become a backyard egg and meat producer in 30 minutes or less! by Anna Hess.  Learn everything you need to know to get started on your poultry adventure with these quick answers to your frequently asked questions. Free on Kindle

Best Chicken Breeds: 12 Types of Hens that Lay Lots of Eggs, Make Good Pets, and Fit in Small Yards (Booklet) by R.J. Ruppenthal. Overview of the best chicken breeds for backyards, including full color pictures of each type. Learn which types of hens lay the most eggs, have friendly and calm personalities, and fit well in small city back yards. Free on Kindle, Paperback $6.59

The Chicken Health Handbook, 2nd Edition: A Complete Guide to Maximizing Flock Health and Dealing with Disease by Gail Damerow the same author who wrote Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, 4th edition! This one-of-a-kind reference book covers the health problems that plague chickens of all breeds and ages. Practical charts identify common symptoms and causes of infection, while an alphabetic listing of diseases provides advice on treatment. You’ll find helpful descriptions of troublesome ailments of all types, from poor egg production to crooked toe syndrome. Kindle $10.49, Paperback $22.29

Backyard Chickens: A Practical Handbook to Raising Chickens by Claire Woods The Backyard Chicken Handbook is an authoritative guide, from a fourth-generation chicken keeper, bringing simple yet practical knowledge which covers all aspects of raising healthy and happy chickens. Kindle unlimited free, Paperback $13.99

The Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens: How to Raise a Happy Backyard Flock by Anne Kuo. The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens makes it simple and easy to start keeping these surprisingly smart birds right in your backyard. From constructing coops to rearing chicks, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make sure your chickens stay happy and healthy all year round. Kindle unlimited free, Paperback $11.57

Books written by some of the best chicken bloggers

Baby Steps To Backyard Chickens: How To Prepare For Your First Flock (Backyard Homesteading Book 1) by Kathryn Robles of Farming My Backyard. You'll learn:How to find out if backyard chickens are legal where you live. What kind of housing you will need. What type of food your chickens will need. Basic health information and how to pick the best chickens for you! Free on Kindle

How To Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say by Melissa Caughey of Tilly's Nest. This book answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn? Kindle unlimited free, Paperback $8.99

Making Money With Chickens: How to make up to 12k a year with just 15 chickens by Lisa Murano (that's me!) In this book you will learn how to make $1,000 or more a month, with just 15 chickens. That’s right! It doesn’t take hundreds of chickens to make money. It doesn’t even take 30 or 40 chickens to make money. By choosing the right breeds and pricing your chicks correctly, you can make money with just 15 chickens. Kindle unlimited free, Paperback $11

50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens: Chicken Coops, Brooders, Runs, Swings, Dust Baths, and More! By Janet Garman of Timber Creek Farm. Get ready to jump into the world of chickens, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising chickens doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you can make everything your flock needs for their health and safety. Kindle $14.99 Paperback $14.47

101 Chicken Keeping Hacks from Fresh Eggs Daily: Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for You and your Hens by Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily. 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks from Fresh Eggs Daily includes simple ideas for re-using and upcycling old items, as well as detailed information on using natural ingredients to enhance and improve your chickens' lives without breaking the bank. Kindle $11.39 Paperback $11.99

Chicken Hot Topics: Controversial Husbandry Practices by Jessica E. Lane of The 104 Homestead. With intensive research, Jessica debunks myths and validates folklore. Don't be henpecked for your decisions, get answers once and for all and become armed with the knowledge required to make the best decisions for you and your flock. Kindle $6.49 Paperback $6.43

Obviously there are a ton of chicken keeping books that I did not list here! There are so many books available both online and in stores and it seems like more are published daily! I'm always looking for more books to read though, and I would love to know what you're reading now. So feel free to drop a comment down below with your favorite chicken care book. 

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