Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens – a Book Review

Okay, guys. This book is seriously detailed. I learned a ton!!! If you are interested in raising chickens, this is your book. You’ll learn everything from hatching chicks to growing birds, to processing to how to boil an egg or cook chicken wings.

I’ve been working this past summer on a farm that raises broilers and layer (meat chickens and laying hens), and I am so much more well-versed in what needs to happen now. I feel more confident in observing if something is wrong and then what to do.

The book starts off with choosing what types of chickens you want. There are sooo many varieties, so I would definitely take this part seriously before purchasing. It didn’t quite make sense why the author chose to start about breed types, but as I went on, I realized that picking the best breed for what you plan to use them for is important. Some birds stay small and so you wouldn’t want to use them for meat, others are really aggressive, and you would definitely not want them around your kids.

Author Gail Damerow touches on everything, in detail, too. From what to feed them, how much, where to buy feed and chickens, what to avoid, housing, environmental control, overall health management and diseases, marketing, and more.

I actually skipped a few parts because I didn’t so much care for them, like how to boil an egg, incubation, and showbirds. It was nice that some of these parts were included, but you might also want to skip some parts. If you don’t plan on raising meat chickens, just skip that part.

This informative book is about 300 pages of pure knowledge, and I am happy to have read it. Storey’s Guide has a collection of other titles, like how to raise goats, pigs, beef, dairy cows, and more.

Overall, 9.5/10

That’s all for now.

In Soil We Trust,



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