Recommended Books

Congratulations! You have decided to learn to raise chickens, garden, homestead, live more sustainably…but where do you start?

In effort to help you with easy chicken raising and easy gardening, we have done the research for you!

 This is a living list of books we recommend about how to raise chickens, how to start a garden, food systems, and other issues important to us and relevant to Coops and Gardens.

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Raising Chickens

The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens: How to Raise a Happy Backyard Flock

by Anne Kuo

This book is our all-time favorite beginner’s guide to raising chickens. Anne Kuo, an avid gardener, urban homesteader, and proponent of living sustainably, has created a lovely, detailed guide to starting your own backyard flock. The book walks with you as you plan for chickens, set up a home for your flock and what to expect once you buy or hatch chickens. She humorously discusses the pros and cons of raising backyard chickens in an urban setting, touches on owning roosters, and includes plans to build your own chicken coop for a small flock! Each page is engaging with bright colors and stories of Mrs. Kuo’s own flock in Orange County, CA.

The Chicken Health Handbook: A Complete Guide to Maximizing Flock Health and Dealing with Disease

by Gale Damerow

Understanding chicken ailments from bumblefoot to eggbound hens is an important part of keeping backyard chickens. Gale Damerow has crafted an easy-to-understand guide to common chicken ailments and how to prevent and treat them.

Keeping Chickens: Getting the Best from your Chickens

by Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis

Another wonderful starting book for keeping backyard chickens. Hobson and Lewis have created great overview for new chicken keepers, complete with fun facts and effective pictures.