Looking for a Good Book?

Over the course of the last three years, I think I have read every book on chickens that Barnes & Noble and Amazon carry.  Many are just the same information rehashed over and over, but most are good basic chicken raising guides.  When I was done with those, I started on the memoirs and such and also cookbooks, since we are starting to get an awful lot of eggs ! 

I would consider Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens the chicken 'bible' but there's an awful of information there to absorb.  However, it's a great book to have on hand for reference.

I think the best basic guide to getting started with chickens is:

Hobby Farms Chickens: Tending A Small-Scale Flock For Pleasure And Profit by Sue Weaver

Here are some more general chicken raising guides.  These books I have found to be a great help also.

Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry is a beautiful book and a great way to familiarize yourself with the different breeds of chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese.

Pocketful of Poultry by Carol Ekarius
Handy pocket-sized breed guide that also includes ducks, turkeys and geese.

If you are looking to build a coop yourself here are two great resources:

The Art of the Chicken Coop by Christ Gleason
Building Chicken Coops for Dummies by Todd Brock,Dave Zook and Rob Ludlow

Here's an ebook you might want to check out:

These are some of the memoirs that I have enjoyed:

Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl by Susan McCorkindale
Funny memoir of a city girl's move to the country.

Chicken & Egg by Janice Cole.
Heartwarming memoir with some great egg recipes !

Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea by Catherine Goldhammer
Fun memoir.

  Chick Days by Jenna Woginrich.
Follows three chicks from day old to POL,with gorgeous photography.

Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte.
About ducks, not chickens, but thoroughly amusing.

Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance by Martin Gurdon
A humorous look at raising chickens in the UK.

And lastly, a book that my grandmother (my mentor/muse/inspiration) had on her bookshelf for years...
The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald

Add to the list four cookbooks:

The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard by Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Eggs:  Fresh, Simple Recipes for Frittatas, Omelets, Scrambles & More by Jodi Liano
Wonderful recipes with lots of photographs.

Breakfast Comforts (Williams-Sonoma): With Enticing Recipes for the Morning, including Favorite Dishes from Restaurants Around the Country by Rick Rogers

Not all egg recipes, but let's face it, most breakfast revolve around eggs.

Williams-Sonoma Breakfast by Brigit Binns
Coddled eggs, hash browns, omelets, souffles and tons more.

And one childrens' book:
Fresh Eggs by Greg Verga

I hope you will check out some of these books and add them to your library.  I highly recommend them all.  Happy Reading !


  1. What a treasure trove your blog is becoming! Thank you!

  2. Thanks Becky !I know there's so much good information buried in my facebook page that I am hoping to unearth and get posted here for easy reference.

  3. I am so glad i have discovered your blog..love all the info here :)