Excellent Gift Books for Chicken Lovers

There are so many wonderful books out there on the backyard poultry scene, that sometimes it is hard to know which one to give to a new or experienced chicken owner. The books with chicken themes have really exploded as more and more people take up the hobby. I have tried to list books that I think are especially good and ones that I have owned or looked at myself. Some of these choices should be in everybody’s chicken library and others are just fun to look at and dream.

61zl3Jei3HL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_ The Small Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery and Joel Sperfectalatin is an especially great book for backyard chicken raising. I highly recommend it. Ussery knows what he is talking about.

518J269lECL._SX376_BO1,204,203,200_The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow.  This was the first book I bought after becoming a chicken owner and I have referred to it constantly over the years for answers relating to disease and health.

51rTOe88C7L._SX376_BO1,204,203,200_Another great book by Gail Damerow  Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens.  My copy is well worn from reading. No one should be without this book especially when starting out.

51TqXTFMA-L._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_Why Did The Chicken Cross The World by Andrew Lawler. I found this book fascinating.  It tells the history of chickens. You appreciate your bird all the more when you can understand its background and heritage.

41TyMglzg4L._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_How to Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey is a fun read. She helps you to understand what your chicken is trying to communicate to you and to other chickens. It will give you insight as to why chickens behave the way that they do.

51jeLeJEpeL._SX376_BO1,204,203,200_The Chicken Encyclopedia is another from Gail Damerow.  You will find everything from A-Z concerning chickens. She covers breeds, health, behavior and anything else you can think of.

51IoPxb7b5L._SX388_BO1,204,203,200_I love books with pictures of all the different chicken breeds. Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds by Carol Ekaruius is full of great information and eye catching color illustrations. I love to page through it looking at all the different breeds especially before attending a poultry show.

51ddFi7IS-L._SX448_BO1,204,203,200_Extraordinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage is really a fun book to look at. It is full of fantastic photos.  Eye candy for sure. Our family loves looking at this book.

For tips and tricks for raising outstanding silkies check out our Chicken Learning Center at VJPPoultry.com .  VJP Poultry is an NPIP and state inspected hatchery located 30 miles north of St. Paul.  We hatch out silkies all year long so we always have stock available.  Like us on Facebook to get weekly updates on what we currently have for sale.

Victoria J. Peterson

Chicken Lover’s Gifts for the Home

41LSWgwSWSLThere is no end to the amount of chicken themed items you can find for your home.  The amount of people who keep backyard flocks is increasing every year and I have gathered a few things a true chicken lover might want to have in their home or as a gift to give to others.

61hajTx1i7L._SY450_How about a chicken bedroom set? One for the kids with cute baby chicks and one for adults with an egg theme. How about throwing a rooster runner down the floor?

Now we move on to the bathroom. A chicken themed shower curtain is just the thing to liven up that bathroom and show your chicken spirit. Here is a great toilet roll holder that looks like chicken wire.  There is also a matching towel rack made from the same chicken wire look. We also have the Alpha Rooster toilet roll holder.51xynFPQBRL._AC_US160_

The kitchen has many chicken gift ideas. There are many rugs with the chicken theme. These can also be used as bath mats. How about some kitchen dish towel sets? There are many to choose from. I found four different sets of chicken themed dishes.  If you are in the mood for making cookies, here is a rooster cookie cutter.  You will need an oven mitt to get those cookies out and not burn yourself. Decorative tiles to use as trivets abound in chicken designs.  Cute art glass chickens to put on your window sill can let the sun shine through. Get up in the morning with a Love Chickens coffee cup to start your day in the coop.81JfINWatCL._SL1500_

If your chicken math is like mine, you may want to add a life sized chicken statue in the backyard. A way to increase your flock in case you don’t have the space for more chickens.  If you are interested in gifts for kids that love chickens or in gifts for chickens themselves, or maybe Gifts for the Chicken Lady check out these blog posts. We also have Gifts for Guys Who Like Chickens.  and Gifts For Silkie Chicken Lovers.

For tips and tricks for raising outstanding silkies check out our Chicken Learning Center at VJPPoultry.com .  VJP Poultry is an NPIP and state inspected hatchery located 30 miles north of St. Paul.  We hatch out silkies all year long so we always have stock available.  Like us on Facebook to get weekly updates on what we currently have for sale.

Victoria J. Peterson

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