Chicken Keeping Resource Guide
Chicken Keeping Resource Guide
If you’re new to keeping chickens in the backyard, it can be quite overwhelming. We’ve created this little guide with some of our favorite resources to help you get started. At the bottom, we have osme of the most common questions we’re asked along with answers to the best of our ability!
Books and Magazines
There are tons of great books and magazines about chicken keeping. First, here are a few books we enjoy and highly recommend checking out if you’re new to chicken keeping.
Answers to Raising Chickens is a great book on raising chickens in your backyard! You can check it out here.
The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens is an awesome book specifically about small flock backyard chicken keeping. Super easy to understand and useful for your efforts, it’s a must read. Find it here.
A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is exactly as it sounds: a guide on keeping chickens written for children. If you want to introduce your family to chicken keeping, this is a wonderful way to go! Find it here, and perhaps read it with your kids!
A Chicken in Every Yard is one of our favorite books on backyard chicken keeping and urban farming. Found here, this book offers guidance to help you get started on keeping your chickens in an organic, responsible, and sustainable way.
The Joy of Keeping Chickens is a fantastic resource guide for keeping chickens. Truly one of the great references and reads, this book offers the full scope of chicken keeping from biology and breeds to care and feed. Find it here, and keep it close by!
Keeping Chickens for Beginners is a great guide for those new to chicken keeping. Unlike many of the other guides in this list, this book actualy contains quite a bit of information about keeping chickens for meat, and not just eggs. Check it out here and see what you learn!
The Practical Encyclopedia of Chicken Keeping is probably the top encyclopedia on backyard chicken keeping out there. It makes a wonderful reference book, covers breeds, feed, and much more, and is always nearby in our home! Check it out here.
The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is a fantastic guide and reference book every backyard chicken keeper should have on their bookshelf. It can be found here, and we recommend this book for anyone who wants to bring in more knowledge about their hens!
Finding the right chicken coop can be incredibly difficult. If you’re looking for a super strong and sturdy coop that will last you years, we recommend checking out the ones from RadioFence. We use one of these ourselves, and it’s lasted quite well in the years of weather and use. Below are some other great coops you can check out that we love!
Building a Coop
Many people take the route of building their own coop. This is an awesome way to go as you can build your coop exactly how you want it to be, create something yourself, and have a home-made place for your hens. Here are three guides to building your own coop that we love:
–Chicken Coop Plan
–Building a Chicken Coop
–Chicken Coop Plans
Feed and Care
Getting the right feed is important. Your chickens need vital nutrients and the right mixture of food. Here are a few chicken feed products we love!