Links of Interest

Extension Resources
Other Resources
On My Bookshelf


An excellent resource for all things chicken.  I invite you to browse BackYard Chickens and participate in their wonderful chicken forum with thousands of active helpful members. Their goal is A Chicken In Every Yard.

The Feed Store
Bedding, feed, old-school friendly service, supplies, and more.

Georgetown Farm Supply
Baby chicks, bedding, feed, friendly advice, and more.



Erica Largen’s The Chicken, changes everything.
More of a research paper than a blog, complete with a page of references.

Mike the Chicken Vet’s Chicken Vision
One of the most fascinating articles I’ve read about chickens.


Extension Resources

Avian Disease Fact Sheet
Clauer, Phillip J. Document 2902-1094. Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Blacksburg, VA. 2009.

Avian diseases transmissible to humans
Davis, Michael A, Gary D. Butcher, & F. Ben Mather. PS23. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. August 1997, Revised August 2015.

Choice-Feeding of Small Laying Hen Flocks
Bennett, C. Animal Industry Branch, Manitoba Agriculture and Food. Winnipeg, MB. 2002.

Common Lice and Mites of Poultry: Identification and Treatment
McCrea, Brigid, Joan S. Jeffrey, Ralph A. Ernst, & Alec C. Gerry. ANR Publication 8162. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California. Oakland, CA. 2005.

Common Poultry Diseases
Butcher, G. D.,  J. P. Jacob, & F. B. Mather. PS47. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Service, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. May 1999, Revised June 2003, Reviewed February 2012.

Culling Small Numbers of Poultry on Farm
Sandilands, Victoria. Technical Note TN670. SRUC. Edinburgh, Scotland. 2015.

Factors Affecting Egg Production in Backyard Chicken Flocks
Jacob, J. P., H. R. Wilson, R. D. Miles, G. D. Butcher, & F. B. Mather. Fact Sheet PS-35. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. April 1998, Reviewed April 2014.

Heat Stress in Poultry: Solving the Problem
Defra. London, UK. 2005.

Hot Weather Management of Poultry
Anderson, Kenneth. E. & Thomas A. Carter. Poultry Science and Technology
Guide Number 30. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC. February 1993.

Laying Hens: Supplement to the Codes of Practice
Sandilands, Vicky. Technical Note TN662. SRUC. Edinburgh, Scotland. 2014.

Poultry Health Status Determination
Clark, F. Dustan. FSA8002. Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas. Little Rock, AR. Undated.

Poultry Disease Prevention Checklist
Ritz, Casey W. Bulletin 1340. UGA Extension, The University of Georgia. Athens, GA. Reviewed June 2014.

A Practical Guide for Composting Poultry Litter
Brake, Julian D. Bulletin 981. Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Extension Station, Mississippi State University. Mississippi State, MS. June 1992.

Small-Scale Poultry Flock Resources
Cochran, James. Table of Contents/Index List. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC. February 2006.


Other Resources

20 Common Egg Shell Quality Problems
Alltech European Bioscience Centre (undated). Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland: Poultry Advantage.

A Guide to Hawks Seen in North America
Hawk Migration Association of North America (2009). For personal & non-commercial use only.

The henwife: her own experience in her own poultry-yard
Arbuthnott, Mrs. E. (1879). 320 pages. Ithaca: New York State College of Agriculture, Cornell University. Digitized by Cornell University Library.

The history of the hen fever : a humorous record
Burnham, G. P. & Andrew, J. (egr) (1855). 352 pages. Boston: James French and Company. Digitized by Cornell University Library.


On My Bookshelf

The Behaviour of the Domestic Fowl
Wood-Gush, D. G. M. 1971. London: Heinemann Educational.

Building Chicken Coops
Damerow, Gail. 1999. Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-224. Pownal, VT: Storey Communications.

Bantams in Colour
Roberts, Michael. 1984. The Gold Cockerel Series. Stratford-upon-Avon: Domestic Fowl Trust.

The Chicken: a Natural History
Barber, Joseph, Janet Daly, Catrin Rutland, Mark Hauber, and Andy Cawthray. 2012. New York: Race Point Pub. Edited by Joseph Barber.

The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, the Gladyses, &; Babe: a Memoir
Walker, Alice. 2011. New York: The New Press.

The Chicken Health Handbook: A Complete Guide to Maximizing Flock Health and Dealing With Disease, 2nd edition
Damerow, Gail. 2015. Workman Pub Co.

Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories
Lembke, Janet. 2012. New York, NY: Skyhorse Pub.

Eggs In My Pocket
Fenoglio, Mary E. 2008. Florence, TX: Synergy Solutions, Inc.

Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard
Bloom, Jessi, and Kate Baldwin. 2012. Portland, OR.: Timber Press.

Fresh-Air Poultry Houses: the Classic Guide to Open-Front Chicken Coops for Healthier Poultry
Woods, Prince Tannat. 2008. Blodgett, OR: Norton Creek Press.

The Good Egg: More than 200 Fresh Approaches from Breakfast to Dessert
Simmons, Marie. 2006. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.

Handbook of Ethological Methods
Lehner, Philip N. 1979. New York: Garland STPM Press.

Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance: Reflections on Keeping Chickens
Gurdon, Martin. 2004. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press.

More Eggs In My Pocket
Fenoglio, Mary Elizabeth. 2009. Florence, TX: Synergy Solutions, Inc.

My Pet Makes Me Breakfast: The Official Cookbook of
Lacy, Terrie, and Heather Zuk, eds. 2012. Kearney, NE: Morris Press Cookbooks.

Poultry Behaviour and Welfare
Appleby, Michael C., Joy A. Mench, and Barry O. Hughes. 2004. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK: CABI Pub.

Poultry Diseases, 6th edition
Pattison, Mark, Janet M. Bradbury, Dennis J. Alexander, and Paul F. McMullin, eds. 2008. St. Louis, MO: Saunders.

Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities; 3rd edition
Damerow, Gail. 2010. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub.

Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Emus, Guinea Fowls, Ostriches, Partridges, Peafowl, Pheasants, Quails, Swans
Ekarius, Carol. 2007. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub.

Travels with My Chicken: a Man and His Companion Take to the Road
Gurdon, Martin. 2005. Guilford, CT: Lyon’s Press.