Pros: Covers all the essential information you need to get started keeping chickens.
Cons: Better for the chicken hobbyist than the rural homesteader.
This is the book I always recommend to anyone getting started with chickens. It covers all the essential information you need to get started without being overwhelming. There may be other books you'll want to read later, those getting more in-depth about all the many different breeds, poultry diseases, large-flock management, processing and culling, etc. But for those whose interest in chickens is just beginning to pip, and for those newly-hatched and needing the most basic information on chicken care, this is a great book to begin with.