If “Dummies-brand” books aren’t your speed, there are plenty to turn to that offer reputable advice.
You can find these on Amazon.com, and also at one-stop poultry-focused retailers.
Show me the science
AcreageLife’s sister publication, Chicken Whisperer Magazine, offers a wealth of information in every quarterly issue (with online articles at chickenwhisperermagazine.com). That magazine was founded by Andy G. Schneider who was frustrated by the proliferation of online misinformation about chicken keeping. Toward that end, each issue contains information that is science-based—that is, has a basis in scientific fact—with the hope of dispelling some of the many myths perpetuated by Grandma.
Andy has published three books:
Experience counts too
The rise of “The Chicken Movement” in recent years means numerous authors have stepped forward to help provide helpful guidelines for novice chicken keepers.
Other books to have on your shelf:
Storey’s Guide To Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow
Backyard Chickens: A Practical Handbook to Raising Chickens by Claire Woods
The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery
How To Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey
With these on your bookshelf all winter, you should be equipped to move ahead with your own flock when springtime comes.
Take the time, also, to reach out to your state Extension Service, which will have plenty of information based on actual experience. The USDA also has plenty of advice, especially with regard to biosecurity.