Its easy to go into a new adventure or hobby in a confused state of overwhelming excitement. Where do you start?

I have had enough hobbies to have developed a system. Books are always at the top of my to do list whenever I am starting a new adventure.

Here are my Top 5!

Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally

This book written by Lisa Steele, is amazing. You can tell that she is truly passionate about chickens, chicken keeping and all the pieces that go with it (Ducks too if that is your preference). If you have researched chickens at any length you have likely come across a blog post of hers somewhere. It is an easy read and is written in a comprehensive, easily understood manner.

Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl

Gail Damerow makes hatching and brooding chickens a little less scary. Having hatched chickens and raised day olds this books was always in easy reach whenever I had a question. Her advice in this ensured my success. It is a fast read and easy to put into use.

The Chicken Health Handbook, 2nd Edition: A Complete Guide to Maximizing Flock Health and Dealing with Disease

Another fantastic chicken book by Gail Damerow. This covers every single question I have had about my chickens in the last year and a half of chicken keeping. It covers every question I’ve had and many I haven’t needed to ask. It gives you confidence. You’ll know what you are looking for before you need to look. A definite must.

Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics: Lessons for Expanding Your Flock, Understanding Chicken Behavior, Keeping a Rooster, Adjusting for the Seasons, Staying Healthy, and More!

Pam Freeman is the editor of Backyard Poultry magazine. If you are a fellow Chicken Lady, or becoming a fellow Chicken Lady (or man…) you NEED to subscribe to Backyard Poultry. This book conveys all the expertise that she has got tucked under her chicken keeping belt and lays it out in ways that are understandable for both a novice and an expert.

Backyard Chickens for Beginners: Getting the Best Chickens, Choosing Coops, Feeding and Care, and Beating City Chicken Laws (Booklet)

This is such an easy read and a WONDERFUL introduction to chicken keeping. It is a SUPER fast read and handles any trepidations or uncertainties I had before I started chicken keeping. It gave me all the basics I needed to be ready to face the more intricate details. A definite must for a new Chicken Lady.

I hope these recommendations help you. They have helped me tremendously.

Enjoy your ladies and happy egg collecting!

Be well and be happy,