Gifts for Backyard Chicken Farmers and Enthusiasts (and Other Backyard Birds, Too!)

by sockii

Do you know someone who is an avid "Backyard Chicken" enthusiast? Then here are some great gift ideas for that person, for Christmas, birthdays, and other happy holidays.

Raising chickens, turkeys, ducks and other breeds of poultry is becoming increasingly popular in suburban and rural areas of the United States...even in urban areas where allowed! It can be a great idea to keep backyard chickens, where the birds can free-range around your grounds or enjoy a spacious coop, while providing eggs daily, fresh meat when desired or simply companionship and joy to their owners.

Raising backyard birds can also be a great way to teach children about the responsibilities of animal husbandry and the importance of farming in feeding our families around the world. The items selected for this gift guide include informative reference books on raising chickens and other bird varieties, useful items for the poultry farmer, and also fun novelties to express a person's pride in being a "backyard chicken" lover. So surprise someone this Christmas - or any gift-giving holiday - with something unique and that shows you know he loves his birds.

All photos on this page are by the author, sockii, unless otherwise indicated.

What Do I Know About Backyard Chickens and Poultry? Plenty!

Why I Know These Would Make Great Gifts for a Backyard Chicken Enthusiast.

Bantam roostersMy mother began raising chickens after "rescuing" some bedraggled-looking birds from a farm auction several years ago. This has turned into a true passion and wonderful endeavor for her, as she has discovered the joy - and fun personalities - of the different varieties of birds she now has in her backyard. From egg-laying and dependable hybrid hens to her watchful Leghorn rooster, to her beautiful ornamental Cochin chickens and heritage breed White Holland turkeys, poultry farming has become a great love and one that brings terrific rewards as well. Not only is there nothing like a freshly-laid egg from a free-ranging bird, they help keep the grounds free of nasty insects such as deer ticks and fertilize the soil. Some heritage variety species of poultry are endangered and rare today, so helping to keep these breeds alive is a rewarding endeavor as well.

I've spent many hours helping feed and tend to these birds, some from young hatchlings to now full-size adults. I know much of what it takes to keep "backyard" and small-farm chickens healthy and happy, and what are some of the great accessories, books and other items which can make raising poultry that much easier.

A Few Photos of the Family Birds

A Bantam Cochin hen and her chicks
A Bantam Cochin hen...
A Golden Lace Cochin Bantam rooster and hen
A Golden Lace Cochi...
A White Holland Tom turkey
A White Holland Tom...
Turkeys can happily free-range...and keep ticks and insects under control in your yard!
Turkeys can happily...

Practical Poultry Farming Gifts

Items for your favorite fowl to keep them happy, healthy and safe.

Hen Saver Hen Apron - A Must-Have for Happy Hens!

A Gift That Hens and Hen-Keepers Will Both Appreciate!

Hen saver apron in actionIf there's one gift I bought for my mom's flock that she (and her hens) are grateful for, its a bunch of these Hen Saver Aprons. Available in various sizes, for full size and bantam hens, and in several different colors, they are terrific protection for hens' backfeathers and wings. If your poultry enthusiast has roosters along with her hens, then she's probably seen how some hens can get picked on and loose feathers on their backs, or even suffer angry wounds from over-enthusiastic roosters. I've seen such hens take very well to wearing these aprons, and sure enough within weeks their feathers were coming back and they were much happier and healthier!

Hen Saver Single Strap Chicken Apron/Saddle, Large, Black

The Hen Saver protects hens' backs from roosters; prevents feather loss and cuts and gashes that can lead to picking, cannibalism and death in both domestic and commercial flock...

Only $8.99

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Wounds and featherloss caused by roosters mating with their hens can lead to infection, picking, cannibalism and even death if not guarded against and carefully watched! That's why hen aprons can be so vital to protect hens until fully healed - or to keep them covered as a preventive measure on a regular basis. These well-constructed aprons hold up nicely and are available in different sizes and colors. Either dress up your hen in fanciful colors or get one to match the color of their feathers.

Video Demo of the Hen Saver Chicken Saddle

Other types of chicken saddles/aprons available

Standard Size 5 Pack Chicken Saddle Complete Protection for Wings and Back

Chicken saddles are made to protect your hen's back from a roosters nails and spurs. When a rooster overmates a hen this can lead to serious and sometimes life threatening damag...

Only $24.99

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Here you can see another style of hen apron, available in a variety of fun colors and patterns! These are produced by a different manufacturer. A set of five is a great idea for someone who has a number of hens - and maybe wants to keep track of them easier with the different color aprons.

Books on Raising Backyard Chickens - Guides for Getting Started...And Beyond!

Know someone who is just getting started raising chickens? Then one of these books would make a perfect gift. Each provides lots of info from picking the right breed to diet and health necessities. There are even guides for building a unique and special coop instead of buying a pre-made one!

Raising Chickens For Dummies

Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard! Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies prov...

$26.59  $24.75

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Yes, of course the "Dummies" series of books has a title on raising chickens! All of your basic questions are answered here, from choosing the right birds to managing laying hens, raising chickens for meat, and of course dietary and housing basics.

More about this title:

Building Chicken Coops For Dummies

As the popularity of urban homesteading and sustainable living increases, it’s no wonder you’re in need of trusted, practical guidance on how to properly house the chickens you’...

$18.48  $39.0

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While there are plenty of pre-made coops available, some people may eventually wish to design their very own coops to suit the needs and size of their flock. This book covers everything you need to know to build a proper chicken coop from carpentry skills and equipment needed to schematic diagrams of five different designs.

The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything You Need to Know . . . and Didn't K...

Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, ev...

$19.61  $10.95

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Not so much a technical guide as a spiritual one to the joys and benefits of chicken raising. It might even be a good gift idea for family members of someone who raises backyard chickens and might be puzzled as to why they chose this particular hobby.

Meet the Chicken Whisperer Himself!

Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide

Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted. The answer is chickens--endearing birds that require but a modest outlay of time, space and food.As...

Only $7.95

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Clearly written in easy-to-follow language, this book is highly recommended for the practical information it provides to beginning chicken farmers.

Books on Raising Other Backyard Birds

Turkeys, Bantam Chickens, Ducks and More!

Does your poultry lover raise other birds, such as guinea hens or turkeys? Then one of these books is sure to be a useful resource of information and tips for successful poultry farming.

Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys, 3rd Edition: Breeds * Care * Marketing

Here is everything you need to know to raise turkeys successfully, from selecting the right breeds to housing, feeding, breeding, health care, marketing, and much more. This all...

$12.99  $6.4

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Turkeys aren't just for Thanksgiving! Having a turkey flock can be fun and exciting, and not all that different from tending to smaller birds (hint: turkey eggs are big and delicious!)

What's it like having turkeys in your backyard?

Watch my video to find out!
Bantams (Complete Pet Owner's Manuals)

An all-inclusive, lively exploration of more than 50 breeds of bantams, including rare species. Readers will easily understand every aspect of husbandry, housing and day-to-day ...

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Bantams are a small breed of chicken, many with beautifully colored feathers making them a delight to have in your backyard. Learn all about different breeds of Bantams as well as chicken behavior that's helpful to know when dealing with your birds.

Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition

Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks provides vital information for anyone wanting to keep ducks. It covers everything - choosing the right breed, including rare breeds and hybrid du...

Only $95.93

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Storey's Guides are always highly recommended by poultry farmers, and their book on ducks is no exception. If you know someone who is considering introducing ducks to their flock or needs more information on the subject, this is a great book to start them off with.

Gardening with Guineas: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Guinea Fowl on a Small Scale

Gardening with Guineas is a delightful and informative guide to raising guinea fowl. It covers the life of a guinea from egg throughout adult, including incubation, feeding, hou...

$21.66  $19.95

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Colorful, unique guinea fowl are a favorite among many who love game birds. Learn more about their personalities and how to care for them in this book.

Young turkey chicks learning to roost
Young turkey chicks learning to roost

More Gift Ideas from Amazon - Fun Treats, Toys and Utilities for the Chicken Farmer

Ware Manufacturing Chick-N-Veggie Treat Ball

The Ware Manufacturing Chick-N-Veggie Ball offers and entertaining way to provide leafy greens to the backyard flock. Large enough to fit a whole head of lettuce, it rolls and e...

$11.42  $6.44

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Here's a fun toy that will keep your birds happy and entertained! Fill the ball with cabbage, lettuce or other greens and let them play and peck.

Happy Hen Treats Mealworm Treat for Pet, 3.5-Ounce

Spoil your chickens with the tasty all-natural mealworms found in Happy Hen Treats Mealworm Frenzy. Also great for ducks and turkeys.

Only $5.52

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100% natural whole-dried mealworms. These treats are especially welcome by chickens in the wintertime when they can't go out and forage for their own worms and insects to snack on.

Nite Guard Solar NG-001 Predator Control Light, Single Pack

Solar Powered Nite Guard Solar uses sunlight or daylight to charge. No batteries are ever needed. It will continue to activate during long periods of cloudiness. The powerful fl...

Only $19.99

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Protect backyard chickens and other birds from predators. A flash of light when detected will scare off raccoons, foxes, rodents and others that might try to sneak up on your flock at night.

Chicken-Related Art - A nice gift for the home

Decorative art and poster prints featuring poultry-related designs. Framed or mounted for hanging, these would made nice gifts for any enthusiast.

I hope this gift guide gave you some ideas for that special "chicken farmer" in your life!

Updated: 12/14/2017, sockii
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frankbeswick on 02/26/2015

Good article, helpful for anyone into self-reliance.

CountrySunshine on 02/26/2015

I've been raising chickens, ducks and guineas for many years, so I know that many of the items listed in your article make great gifts! My chickens love the Happy Hen Treats Mealworms -- especially in the winter when bugs are in hibernation.

For those who are just starting out, the "Storey" guide books have all the information you need.

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