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Good all round chicken keeping book

Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 06:55
by Mistryer
Have no. Chicken keeping books at all at the moment - what would you consider the best book to have? Would like it to cover all aspects of maintenance along with housing, free range, breeding and rearing chicks etc. Want to own one really good book that covers everything.

Re: Good all round chicken keeping book

Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 08:11
by Henwife
The usual answer seem to be 'any book by Katie Thear' but my own recommendation would be Domestic and Ornamental Fowl by Valerie Porter. Now out of print, but 2nd hand copies are not too difficult to come by (which is how I got mine).

Re: Good all round chicken keeping book

Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 23:15
by Magpie
The Mini-encyclopedia of Chickens by Frances Bassom is a very good starting point.

Though I did start with "Starting with Bantams" and "Starting with Chickens" by Katie Thear and they were okay then but I reckon really quite dated nowadays.

Re: Good all round chicken keeping book

Posted: 19 Mar 2011, 13:18
by Mistryer
Thanks Henwife - found a copy of the Valerie Porter on eBay so that's on it's way. Frances Bassom book now on my wish list on Amazon Magpie. Thanks for your wisdom.