Urban Hen-Keeping Books at Barnes & Noble

Our Billings Barnes & Noble store on 24th Street (west end) recently remarked on an increase in urban hen-keeping books within the past entire YEAR (not just since this initiative started in April). They have added to their inventory in response. It’s a great sign when not only do people start to educate themselves about an issue, their local bookstore(s) respond to that trend! Proving to me that Billings residents CAN and WILL be responsible hen owners, and that Billings business will benefit from this issue.  Big Thanks to member Catherine for pulling this list together and talking with B&N staff! ~TJ (“>

Some of the books on keeping chickens I found at Barnes & Noble: You can read the reviews and overview of each on the B&N website.  Cat

 IN STORE-and in stock

Chickens in your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide by Rick & Gail Luttmann (In store/In stock) Product #9780878571253 $14.95

Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock by Jay Rossier (In store/In stock)  Product #9781592280131 $16.95

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More by Abigail Gehring (In store/In stock) Product #9781602397477 $24.95

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space by Gail Damerow (In stock/in store) Product #9781603429696 $24.95

Raising Chickens For Dummies by Kimberly Willis (In store/In stock) Product #9780470465448 $19.99

Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow (In store/In stock) Product #9781603424691 $19.95

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Jerome D. Belanger (In store/In stock) Product #9781592579860 $14.95

How to Raise Chickens: Everything You Need to Know by Christine Heinrichs (In store/In stock) Product #9780760328286 $19.95

Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying by Jenna Woginrich (In store/In stock) Product #9781603425841 $12.95

4-H Guide to Raising Chickens by Tara Kindschi (In store/In stock) Product #9780760336281 $18.99

Choosing and Raising Chickens by Jeremy Hobson & Celia Lewis (In store/In stock) Product #9780715333105 $19.99

Keeping Chickens by Jeremy Hobson (In store/In stock) Product #9780715336250 $19.99

Your Chickens: A Kid’s Guide to Raising and Showing by Gail Damerow (In store/In stock) Product #9780882668239 $14.95

The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit by Jennifer Megyesi (In store/In stock) Product #9781602393134 $14.95

IN STOCK – can be ordered but not currently available in the store

Backyard Poultry Naturally: A Complete Guide to Raising Chickens and Ducks Naturally by Alanna Moore (In stock) Product #9781601730046 $20.00

Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance: Reflections on Raising Chickens by Martin Gurdon (In stock) Product #9781592287703 $12.95

Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock (In stock) Product #9781600594908 $19.95

Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces by Barbara Kilarski (In stock) Product #9781580174916 $16.95

NEW: Pre-order only

The Way of the Hen: Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens by Clea Danaan (Pre-Order Now) Product #9780762773671 $16.95

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An all-natural approach to raising chickens and other fowl for home by Harvey Ussery (Pre-Order Now) Product #9781603582902 $39.95

Backyard Chickens’ Guide to Coops and Tractors: Planning, Building, and Real-Life Advice by Members of Backyard Chickens.com (Pre-Order Now) Product #9781440316968 $21.99

The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything You Need to Know…and Didn’t Know by Andy Schneider and Brigid McCrea (Pre-Order Now) Product #9781592537280 $19.99


2 responses to this post.

  1. The Chicken Club’s favorite is Keeping Chickens with Ashley English because she is our own favorite home grown expert CHiCkEneR here in Asheville, North Carolina she and her husband and new baby live here!

    The Keeping Chickens is one of four in series of modern homesteading…the others are Keeping Bees, Home Dairy and Canning. We can truly say, “we knew her when”…..

    On another topic, I helped get the new less restrictive urban chicken laws passed here in Asheville in 2009 and so have done plenty of my own research. One of the nice things I’ve noticed lately is that there are more and more materials written from a more humane viewpoint. When someone asks if I raise chicken for meat, I politely say, “no, I don’t eat my pets…when your dog dies, do you plan to eat him?” It doesn’t make anyone wrong…it’s all in one’s perspective.

    Keep up the good work Billings! Wishing you much success,

    Cathy Williams, founder, Mother Hen’s Chicken Club on facebook and The Chicken Club at http://www.thechickenclub.wordpress.com and co-founder Asheville City Chickens. Our bumper stickers turned a few heads down here: “WE STILL LAY”. Our meetup address is http://www.meetup.com/chickener-support-in-asheville. Via con Huevos!


  2. Posted by Cat Lynch on July 29, 2011 at 3:49 am

    I forgot to add “A Chicken In Every Yard: the urban farm store’s guide to chicken keeping” by Robert & Hannah Litt (In store/In stock) #9781580085823 for $19.99


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