In 1972, a historian and biologist collaborated to teach a course on the chicken at Cowell College at UCSC. The result was The Chicken Book (1975), by Page Smith and Charles Daniel, Being an Inquiry into the Rise and Fall, Use and Abuse, Triumph and Tragedy of Gallus domesticus. Read it and celebrate the cosmic chicken.
Tour de Cluck Chicken-keeping Essentials (pdf)
The CDFA chicken guide: Eggsercise_Book (pdf)
The website name says it all: http://www.backyardchickens.com/
Local Davis chicken wiki: http://daviswiki.org/chickens
UC Davis can help with diseases and necropsies: http://cahfs.ucdavis.edu/
Heritage chicken breeds: http://www.albc-usa.org/heritagechicken/
Davis Vet Sophia Yin and colleagues demonstrate chicken training: chicken camp
Why we should not let hens sleep in the nesting box:
Andy Schneider, better known as the Chicken Whisperer®, has become the go-to guy across the country for anything chickens. He is the host of the very popular, Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer radio show, National Spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Bio-Security for Birds Program, and author of, The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. He has been featured on CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, as well as in TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and countless other publications.