The Chicken Keeper’s Library

These resources will have you raising chickens in your backyard in no time.

| April/May 2007

Best Books for Beginners

Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock by Jay Rossier

Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces by Barbara Kilarski

Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities by Gail Damerow

Books to Start a Business

Raising Poultry on Pasture: Ten Years of Success edited by Jody Padgham

Pastured Poultry Profit$: Net $25,000 in 6 Months on 20 Acres by Joel Salatin

Online Resources

Heritage Breed Information

More Expert Advice

  • Mad City Chickens: A Web site by, for and about the backyard chicken keepers of Madison, Wis.
  • The Modern Homestead: Virginia homesteader Harvey Ussery has tons of advice for getting started with poultry, including a question and answer section.
  • Robert Plamondon’s Poultry Pages: Chock-full of useful information on raising baby chicks, making your own feed and earning a living with your eggs.
  • Seattle Tilth: This nonprofit organic gardening group was one of the first to support chicken keeping as an element of sustainable local food systems. Learn about managing chickens in your garden, including tips for composting chicken manure.
7/23/2007 7:21:46 PM

In my humble opinion, the best book for backyard flocks is: Chickens in Your Backyard by Rick and Gail Luttmann I've read the others, but there are important things they left out, such as predator-proofing and health, that the Luttmanns have covered. I have hundreds of chickens, by the way.

6/28/2007 3:17:13 PM

Looking for a few different plans for solar chicken houses. I am thinking of one that is half buried in the ground. If order to get a builder interested, I need some plans and not rough sketches thanks for any help,. Kate of goldeneggfarm

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