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10 Best Books for Keeping and Raising Chickens

If you’re looking for a book to help you to find out more about chicken keeping then the guide below will help you choose which is the best one for your specific needs – including a free Kindle preview.

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In no particular order, here are our top 10 best chicken books for chicken keepers:


1- 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks – by Lisa Steele

101 Chicken Keeping Hacks – (tips, tricks and ideas for you and your hens) is written by Lisa Steele who in this book is sharing her tips on raising chickens in a natural way.

This book contains recipes for making your own chicken feeds along with tips on alternative health remedies along with DIY ideas for your coop and chicken-related accessories.

Perfect for those looking for money-saving tips and chicken keepers who prefer to keep things as natural as possible.

2- Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care – by Frances Bassom

Expert Practical guidance on keeping chickens plus profiles of all the major breeds. This mini-encyclopedia is packed full of information on how to care for chickens along with advice on feeding, chicken coops and health.

It also breaks down many breeds of chickens and gives specializes tips on how to care for each breed.

Perfect for chicken keeping beginners and those who are considering branching out into keeping various breeds or looking to raise show birds.

3- How to Speak Chicken – by Melissa Caughey

Why your chickens do what they do and say what they say. A bestseller written by Melissa Caughey who has spent many hours observing the personalities and behaviour of her chicken flock.

Melissa also shares her firsthand experience on how chickens communicate and interact with each other. Including scientific findings and interviews with other chicken experts.

This book is perfect for chicken fans who want to find out more about their chickens’ quirky behaviour towards each other and their owners.

4- Chicken and Eggs (River Cottage Handbook No.11) – by Mark Diacono

This book is part of the River Cottage series which used to be a TV show in the UK (presented by Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall who has written an introduction in this book).

Chicken & Eggs focuses on caring for and raising various breeds of chickens for eggs. It also offers tips on hatching and raising chicks along with how to tell which eggs can be incubated.

This book is perfect for those who are looking to start a smallholding and are considering raising chickens for eggs and possibly meat.

5- Haynes Chicken Manual – by Laurence Beeken

Produced by Haynes who are famous for all types of manual, is the Chicken Manual, which offers a complete step by step guide to keeping chickens.

Including easy to follow advice and tips on chicken keeping with plenty of illustrations to go along with each guide.

Perfect for beginners to chicken keeping and those how already keep chickens who need a go-to guide if they experience any problems.

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6- Keeping Chickens for Dummies – by various authors

Keeping Chickens for Dummies is just one of the ‘for Dummies’ guides which are famous for providing easy to follow information for beginners.

This guide includes help and advice on how to feed and care for chickens, how to breed them, advice on coops and how to keep them happy and healthy.

Perfect for chicken keeping beginners or anyone who is looking for easy to follow tips and advice on raising chickens.

7- The Beginners Guide to Raising Chickens – by Anne Kuo

How to raise a happy backyard flock – this book is aimed at beginner chicken keepers and it’s packed full of advice on how to keep chickens in a garden or backyard situation.

As well as practical information such as how to build a coop and what to feed chickens, it also gives advice on how to hatch and raise your own chicks.

Perfect for those who are new to chicken keeping, but it’s also good for existing owners who’re looking for practical advice.

8- The Chicken Chicks Guide to Backyard Chickens – by Kathy Shea Mormino

Simple steps for healthy happy chickens – Kathy Shea Mormino is also known for her blog and Facebook page.

Kathy has teamed up with chicken experts and professionals to create this book which is packed full of practical advice on keeping chickens.

Including information on coops, feeding, health issues and egg production. Perfect for beginner chicken keepers but also good for those who already keep chickens in a garden or backyard.

9- The Homesteaders Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook – by Amy Fewell

Raising a healthy flock from start to finish – written by Amy Fewell who is herself an experienced chicken keeper and is sharing her experience of raising chickens in a natural way.

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Including advice on how to hatch and raise chicks, how to care for chickens and also how to prevent and treat common health issues.

Amy also shares her tips and advice on how to feed chickens in a natural way and how various herbs can benefit their health.

Perfect for chickens keepers at any level and those who’re looking for alternative methods when keeping free-range chickens.

10- Chickens – by Suzie Baldwin

The essential guide to choosing and keeping happy healthy hens – written by Suzie Baldwin who is an experienced poultry breeder.

This book offers help and advice on how how to choose the best chicken breed along with tips on buying chicks or older birds.

It also covers all the usual practical advice for those new to chicken keeping, including information on coops, health and how to keep your chickens happy and safe.

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