The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow

The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow

All the Info You Need For Healthy Chickens

*I received this book from Storey Publishing, LLC to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own, and this book is helping us keep healthy chickens!

I wish I’d had The Chicken Health Handbook when we started raising chickens. I thought I had a healthy knowledge about birds in general, from working in the pet shop for ten years. I’d read about all the birds we sold and it was all basically the same information. Believe me, there is so much more info about chickens that I needed to know. Of course, I could always search the internet to find all the information I need. Why spend all that time when this book gives me all the info I need to have healthy chickens, all right in one place!

The Chicken Health Handbook - the only book you need to raise healthy chickens.

The The Chicken Health Handbook, 2nd Edition: A Complete Guide to Maximizing Flock Health and Dealing with Disease talks about every aspect of a chickens health, from preventive health care, coops and  food to parasites and injuries. Because I am always looking for natural alternatives in food and medicines, I love that this book addresses natural approaches to keep your chickens healthy. It gives you information on maladies and injuries, and how, when and what to do to make it right. I personally feel this is THE reference book for the new, novice and any other chicken farmer. Quite honestly, we’ve had chickens for over a dozen years, and I learned more from this book than anything else I had read. It has full color photos and illustrations, so you know exactly what you are looking at.

The Chicken Health Handbook has clear, full-color pictures to help you keep healthy chickens.

The Chicken Health Handbook has great drawings to help you have healthy chickens!

My husband’s family has raised chickens for years, but he’s even found things he didn’t know about in this book. We were having some trouble with thin eggshells on the eggs our chickens laid. We knew they needed an alternate source of calcium, and had been tossing it out for them each day. I didn’t know that if you offer it in an open feeder, the hens that need it will eat as much as they need, but the ones that don’t need it, won’t use it! I also didn’t know that too much can cause kidney problems, but I know now! If you want healthy chickens (and if you are eating the eggs, you do want healthy chickens!), then The Chicken Health Handbook is the book you want on your bookshelf.

The Chicken Health Handbook helps me keep healthy chickens

The Author – Gail Damerow

The author of the book is Gail Damerow, and she knows her chicken business! She has written 17 books, including Story’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks, and The Chicken Encyclopedia. She is also a contributor to Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines. If you are like me, and feel like someone has to live it to know it, you can trust Gail. She and her husband own and operate a family farm in Tennessee, where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. She’s living it!

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