A Family Guide to Keeping Chickens Book Review

How to choose and care for your first chickens

Anne Perdeaux (Author)

  • Publisher: Constable and Robinson Ltd.
  • Edition Published: 16th Jan 2014
  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-9089-7415-0
  • Available from: Amazon

When it comes to learning about keeping chickens, of course there are a plethora of books for beginners to choose from, yet Anne’s book, "A Family Guide to Keeping Chickens” immediately stood out to me as being different - it's a book that the whole family could really enjoy.


Beginner's Guide to Caring for Ex-Batts

Jo Barlow (Author)

  • Publisher: Self Published / Amazon.
  • Edition Published: 2013
  • Softback: 91 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484080672
  • Available from: Amazon

If you have ever considered rehoming some ex-battery hens but were concerned about the level of commitment, then this is the book for you.


Success with Chickens Book Review

The 'what, where and why' of trouble free chicken-keeping.

J.C. Jeremy Hobson (Author)

  • Publisher: Quiller Publishing
  • Edition Published: 7 May 2012
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1846890934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846890932
  • Available From: Amazon

When I first heard about this book, I wondered whether there was a need for another book about keeping chickens, but when I heard that Jeremy Hobson was the author, I was keen to obtain a copy. Jeremy Hobson is highly regarded and his name already peppers my book shelf as the author of a number of excellent books on poultry and smallholding (he has almost 30 titles published now) so I was keen to get stuck into his latest offering.


Haynes Chicken Manual Book Review

The complete step-by-step guide to keeping chickens

Laurence Beeken (Author)

  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing
  • Edition Published: 4th Feb 2010
  • Hardback: 200 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1844257290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844257294
  • Available from: Amazon

I have used some of the excellent Haynes Manuals for fixing my car over the years and after spotting the Haynes Chicken Manual as a new release, I was keen to see what it would be like. Well, I certainly wasn't disappointed, I have found a real gem of a book that has to be one of the best all round books on chickens that I have on my bookcase!


Keeping Chickens Book Review

The Essential Guide to Enjoying and Getting the Best from Chickens

Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis (Authors)

  • Publisher: David and Charles Ltd.
  • Edition Published: 2008
  • Softback: 159 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0-7153-2567-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7153-2567-4
  • Available from: Amazon

Having read quite a number of books on the various aspects of keeping chickens, a book that says it's for the beginner and more experienced keeper alike usually makes me raise an eyebrow. Will there really be anything new I can learn from this book? Well in one word YES! I learnt a lot from this book and it was well worth reading. There were interesting facts and tips throughout that were well presented and researched.


Keeping Ducks and Geese Book Review

Chris and Mike Ashton (Authors)

  • Publisher: David and Charles Ltd.
  • Edition Published: May 28th 2009
  • Softback: 128 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0-7153-3157-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-07153-3157-6
  • Available from: Amazon

From the same publisher as the excellent book ‘Keeping Chickens' that we reviewed on poultrykeeper back in January, Keeping Ducks and Geese by Chris and Mike Ashton certainly doesn't disappoint. Just like "Keeping Chickens", it is very well presented with excellent colour photos and diagrams and it is packed with useful information.


21st Century Poultry Breeding Book Review

Grant Brereton (Author)

  • Publisher: Gold Cockerel Books
  • Edition Published: 2008
  • Softback: 128 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0947870571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947870577
  • Available from: Grant's website GBPoultry


Grant Brereton has been breeding poultry for most of his life, starting off with some Light Sussex chickens when he was a child, to more recently, winning the Best Trio at the National with his Partridge Wyandotte Bantams.

Getting Partridge Wyandotte colours right is certainly not an easy task. Especially considering that they have to come from double mating (separate male / female breeding pens) and there are very few exhibition males left in existence.


The Domestic Duck Book Review

Mike and Chris Ashton (Authors)

  • Publisher: Crowood Press Ltd.
  • Edition Published: 22 Sep 2008
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1847970508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970503
  • Available from: Amazon

I was a little nervous when this book arrived. After all, I have been a big fan of Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks for the last few years. It seemed to cover everything I needed to know about ducks (although it is aimed at the American market) and I didn't think this book would beat it, but how wrong I was!


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