Books & Workshops: Resources for Increasing Knowledge

Part of the appeal of raising poultry is that there is so much to learn and stimulate us. If you are just starting out with a few chicks, you

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have lots to learn, but you will probably find that it never stops. Your birds, and Mother Nature, have a lifetime of lessons in store for you.

You may find yourself learning about the history of the poultry fancy, the associations that are available for people interested in poultry, details and quirks about certain breeds or species, coop construction, feeding habits of different species, how to cook farm raised eggs or meat, about conservation efforts and sustainable farming methods, and on and on. There are endless opportunities to extend your knowledge and, in the process, take better care of your birds.

One of the reasons we offer so many books for sale on this site is that we believe there is always a little more to learn. Even if you never plan to raise geese or ostrich, you will still find useful, relevant information in How To Raise Poultry by Christine Heinrichs,

The best learning resource of all is other people. We have found workshops to be a fantastic way to learn, whether you are a presenter or an attendee. Attending a workshop or class will give you the chance to meet – and learn from – other people interested in poultry.

It’s a cliché to say that the teacher learns from the students, but it’s true. Sometimes attendees at workshops raise questions that presenters cannot answer, and sometimes the discussion prompts the presenter to consider new issues.

You can find workshops in all sorts of ways. Agricultural Extension Services, poultry related associations and clubs, and in places where urban chicken ordinances recently passed, sometimes cities offer them.

If you cannot find a workshop in your area, why not consider putting one together? If you have been raising poultry for a while and have some expertise on the subject, share it with your community. If you are new to keeping a flock, contact farmers and other experts and ask if they would be willing to present and share their knowledge.

Taking care of any kind of animal is an education in and of itself. When you add food production into the animal raising equation, there is even more to learn. What resources have you found to be the best? Have you been to a workshop? Do you find that books and workshops help you provide better care for you flock?