Keep Chickens!

Keep Chickens!

Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces

Book - 2003
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Publisher: North Adams, Mass. : Storey Pub., c2003
ISBN: 9781580174916
1580174914
Branch Call Number: 636.5 Kil
Characteristics: x, 150 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm

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Matwest40
Nov 15, 2013

Although I haven't actually tried out any of the advice in this book, it seems like a good primer on starting to raise chickens, especially if you are getting your start in the city. She tends to spend a good amount of time focused on chickens as pets, even going so far as to suggest that even if you don't want chickens for eggs or meat, you may still enjoy them as pets. Maybe I'm just too practically minded, but I thought that was a bit goofy. On the other hand, I did enjoy some of the stories of the hijinks her chickens got into.

The book covers the basics on choosing and ordering or buying chicks, breeds, building a coop/henhouse, caring for chicks, feeding and caring for chickens, what to expect from neighbors and the law, and even some recipes to use up your eggs. I think I'm going to want to look at a book that's more detailed in some areas, but this is definitely a good start and a quick read.

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pprenosil
Mar 03, 2013

I think this book should be called, "How to spend a lot of money on chickens and maybe get one egg a week." This book was geared towards people who have all kinds of money to spend and there was no idea of reality or economy. The author says she has 3 chickens but claims that with that many chickens you will have all the eggs you can eat and be givng them away to neighbors, baking with them, and eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Umm... So about a dozen eggs a week (maybe one and half dozen if you have good layers and lots of daylight) is enough for all that? That's not even enough for one person to eat one egg for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all week. Let alone a family or any baking. Then she admits that one of her chickens only lays one egg a week. That has got to be the most expensive egg ever! She is very vocal that the hens are fun and entertaining pets--and no wonder. They would have to be to put all that money into housing, feed, ect. and be happy with one egg a week. I like my chickens. They are cute and funny and entertaining. But they are also working for me! So if you just want a couple of chickens to look nice in your yard and entertain you, by all means read this book. But if you would like your hens to be useful and productive read "City Chicks" by Patricia Foreman instead.

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