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The pictures in the book alone will make you want to keep chickens. I picked this one up after it grabbed my attention on a rainy day at the bookstore. This wonderful book by Jennifer Megyesi/photography by Geoff Hansen truly appreciates and displays the beauty of backyard chickens.
I have picked up a great many tips from this book including, using a flashlight and a paper towel roll for candling the eggs, an indepth look at predators, great coop designs and information on marketing eggs. I LOVE the section about abnormal eggs and possible solutions for those issues. It also has a fantastic reference section in the back. Another thing I liked about this book is the very nice recipe section. It covers both eggs and chickens and even covers canning. This could easily be tied into your canning process during the summertime. Why not try pickling eggs?
This book makes a wonderful addition to your coffee table and is a fabulous find to share with friends who are thinking about getting chickens. I have added it to my steadily growing library of chickens reads.
One of my favorite things to do is visit the local bookstore and just get lost in the shelves. I always head first to the chicken section. I love discovering new books. It seems that there is always a new one nested between old favorites. I stumbled upon this book the last time I was there.
I love this book. What initially drew me in when I skimmed through the contents was the accurate and fantastic description the authors used to describe the dance of a male rooster. The rooster uses this dance to assert dominance and seek attention. Their attention to detail is impeccable. It was at that point that I realized that I had to have it.
While taking a closer look at the book, I realized that the authors, Rick and Gail Luttmann, wrote this book in 1976. I would never have known. This book is current, thorough and an enjoyable read. Topics that are covered include typical subjects but also how to protect your garden from you flock, dealing with a broody hen, incubation eggs, advice and solutions. I found this book enjoyable even though I would consider myself to have some experience. I think that this is a great book for anyone interested in getting started. I was able to read the entire book in one sitting; all 148 pages.
This book is one of the sweetest and most clever books I have ever read about chickens. In 1888, Minnie Lovgreen was born in England. As one of 18 children, she learned to work her family’s farm. At age 11, she supported herself by becoming a mother’s helper, eventually moving to Canada and then the United States. While in America she met her husband and together they started a dairy farm.
She lived until 1975 and over the years had experienced the joy of raising chickens. Her book is a memoir about her life with chickens. She dictated her book to a close friend who transcribed her every word onto paper. Her book is charming and witty. She knew alot about chickens in those days and shares her knowledge with us through this fantastic book.
I read this book in one night. It is a fast and easy read and highly enjoyable. If you enjoy keeping chickens, this book is a great addition to your growing library. I am glad that she took the time to write the book. It is a terrific piece of Americana in 2010.
This 189 page book was recently released in April 2010. It is very basic but covers a ton of information. I love that it has interesting chicken facts laced amongst the text. These little pearls of useful and whimsical information are great for cocktail parties.
Topics covered in this book include an argument to raise chickens, chicken history and breed information, starting out with chicks, coop and run requirements, growth and development, butchering, health and nuisance control. Other interesting areas covered are money making, exploring poultry clubs and museums, an organic section, and a section on eating and preserving eggs.
The areas that set this book apart to me are the chapter on raising chickens organically, understanding chickens and making money. I am not planning on becoming a millionaire selling eggs from my small flock but for those who have room to expand, this chapter definitely gets the wheels turning. The organic chapter, although very basic, really demystifies what “organic” means in terms of raising chickens. The industry is sneaky and tries to fool the consumer. This chapter is one of the best reasons to buy this book. I also love the chapter on understanding chickens. It does help to explain why they do the things they do.
Again, I was disappointed with the health section. It was just too short. The information is a quick overview at best and would probably help me to realize if there was a problem but no real ways of fixing it.
Overall, this book is a very simply written and easy to read. You can breeze through this book in a couple of days. You cannot rely on it entirely for all information that you will need but it is a great place to start. This is especially true for those who do not have chickens yet. It might just help you to decide if chickens are right for you.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Demerow, a 438 page book, should be considered, in my opinion, the chicken keeper’s bible. It is packed with so much information in this newest fourth edition. It is terrific for beginners as well as advanced chicken keepers.
Various areas covered include breed selection, shelter selection, chicken maintainance, layer management, eggs, chick care, meat raising and preparation (Not for me, I could never eat my girls!), and showing your chickens.
The strongest areas of the book in my opinion are the sections on predators and predator prevention, chick care, set-up directions for new chicken owners and breed selection.
The health care area gives broad overviews but does not go into many details including diagnosis and treatment. I wish that there was more information here. The lack of information about health care may possibly be because the author has another book The Chicken Health Handbook. I personally have not seen this handbook but I am considering purchasing it.
Last winter, I think I read about 7 different books on raising chickens prior to the chicks’ arrival. All of them included the same bits and pieces about chicken raising. However, this book had the most topics included that anyone wanting to know something about chickens could go to. This book is a great starting off point and I highly recommend it.