Trust Me, It Is Not Harder Then Getting Socks On A Rooster
Meeko, Bubbles and Buffy (pictured left to right) are three of my girls – my wife, daughter and I picked them up (along with the non-pictured Annie, Willow, Blossom and Buttercup) at the local farm store in late February of 2013. Yes, I, the part-time librarian, decided to take on chickens!
It was not an overnight decision – we moved into a property a few years ago that has some land, and for years I always thought chickens were “cool” or a “neat thing to have” – but when you have a toddler and a nearby Tractor Supply that has “Chick Days” (where they have tubs of little squeaking chicks for sale), a parent receives a lot of pressure to bring chicken ownership to reality!
I am happy to report that I received nearly all my chicken knowledge and know-how by simply utilizing the Mercer County Library System catalog.
You have to consider the living quarters, or coop – there are no two coops that are alike. I had the luxury of having a beat-up storage shed attached to my pig barn, so I was able to refurbish/doctor it and improvise, but I thoroughly enjoyed (and enjoy) reading the books below:
No matter what Internet search you do, or any chicken research you partake in, all roads lead to “Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens” – it is the authority on all things chicken!