Book: The Small Scale Poultry Flock
Author: Harvey Ussery
This is my 40th read for the year
This book is a comprehensive look at having a small flock of chickens at your home. Harvey has a large flock, but does talk about what you need to get started from the brooder to moving them outside. He covers birds that you keep as a source of food (both egg and meat) as well as incorporating a few other farm animals. His indepth coverage talks about ways to incorporate a flock into all of your backyard activities - including gardening and composting.
This was a great book. I have read another chicken book since getting our 6 chicks, but this one was the one I started with when we went on this adventure. It just took me longer to finish. Harvey is a master in this area, and I learned quite a bit from his book. There are a lot of sections of this book that will never apply to me (he lives on a large farm and we plan on having a few chicks enclosed at all times due to predators), but I learned so much. I am impressed with how much he does to feed his chick naturally and how he makes them work in all aspects of his farm.
This is a great one. If you have a flock or are thinking of getting some chicks, have this book on your self for reference.