There are probably as many resources for the home flock owner as there are chicken breeds. Your local Extension office can often provide you with a list of resources for the raising, keeping and safe processing of poultry. Here are some that I found useful as a new backyard flock owner. Additional resources will be added as they are located and researched.
There are many excellent books about home and small scale commercial flocks. Two that are indispensable for people just starting out raising and tending poultry are:
Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry, by Leonard S. Mercia, Storey Books, Pownal VT
Chickens in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide by Rick & Gail Luttmann, Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA
For simply enjoying the remarkable variety, beauty and sometimes outsized silliness of chickens, check out the following photographic coffee table books:
Extraordinary Chickens and Extra Extraordinary Chickens, by Stephen Green-Armytage, Harry N. Abrams
www.backyardchickens.com: For all things backyard chicken, you would be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive resource.
www.hpbaa.com:For people interested in heritage poultry, including large chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, this is the site for you.
The UAF Extension has several publications for the small poultry farmer/backyard flock owner. Publications can be downloaded for free from their website; DVDs may be purchased for $5.00 each by contacting Extension.
Winter Chickens: The Down and Dirty of Keeping a Laying Flock Through an Alaskan Winter(LPM-00339); Mara Bacsujlaky
The Peep Show: Raising Chickens for a Backyard Flock; Mara Bacsujlaky (available spring, 2013)
Home Laying Flock (LPM-00343); Milan Shipka
Safe Egg Handling for Small Egg Laying Flocks and Operations (LPM-00344); Stephen Brown
Selecting, Brooding and Rearing Small Numbers of Chicks (LPM-00840); Milan Shipka
Broiler Production (LPM-00341); Milan Shipka
Domestic Waterfowl and Gamebirds in Alaska (LPM-00348); Derylee Hecimovich
How to Grow Your Own Holiday Turkey (LPM-00441); Milan Shipka
Poultry Equipment Plans (FSG-00540); Milan Shipka: $4.00 (may be ordered by clicking link above).