Gail Damerow is the foremost authority on chickens in the United States, and her classic referenceThe Chicken Health Handbook (originally published in 1994) is now completely revised with up-to-the minute information and full-color photography and illustrations. This essential guide thoroughly addresses every aspect of chicken health, including good nutrition; bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases; parasites and worms; reproductive issues; immune health; metabolic dysfunctions; and much more, with detailed solutions for any health problem your chickens encounter. This new second edition emphasizes natural and preventive approaches and covers issues specific to raising chickens in the city.
About the Author
Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food, make their own yogurt and ice cream, and bake their own bread. Gail has written extensively on raising livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural skills. She shares her experience and knowledge as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry magazine, as a contributor to numerous other periodicals, and as the author or contributor to more than a dozen country skills how-to books.
"Twenty years ago, I got my first hen and turned to The Chicken Health Handbook for answers. Today, Damerow's work continues to provide sound counsel. This new edition -- based in solid science, detailed and comprehensive -- is an accessible and practical guide for anyone who has chickens."
-- Terry Golson, founder, HenCam.com
"A wonderful reference book filled with practical advice that any new or experienced flock owner will find beneficial."
-- Dr. Susan Watkins, Professor of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas
"A must-have book for all chicken lovers."
-- Jeff Smith, Cackle Hatchery
"An outstanding book that needs to be in every poultry raiser's library. Accurate, valuable information that can be read with ease."
-- Glenn Drowns, author of Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry
"When it comes to questions on chicken health, this is the book I turn to for quick reference. We have one on every desk at Stromberg's and recommend it to everyone from beginners to longtime fanciers. The extensive pictures, illustrations, and explanations in the new edition should make it required reading for anyone interested in keeping a strong flock."
-- Eric Stromberg, Stromberg's Chicks and Game Birds Unlimited
"Widely regarded as the Patron Saint of Poultry since her 1994 edition became the chicken keeper's bible, Gail Damerow has kept her finger on the pulse of chicken management innovations, advances, and trends, bringing us this completely recalibrated, modernized Chicken Health Handbook. More than a guide to chicken health, this book is a call to deliberate thought and informed decision-making, concisely providing the tools necessary in chapters that read like a novel.
"Packed with pragmatic information that embraces a holistic model of wellness, this book offers trouble-shooting tools and a panoply of real-world solutions based in solid science. It should be standard issue with every chick purchased."
-- Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick(R)