Pros: pretty photos, broad scope (from history to feed to recipes to housing to showing)
Cons: the subtitle, but still a lovely book!
i received this as a birthday gift when my husband and i were contemplating chicken keeping. a good portion of the book is your standard chicken breed dictionary. the rest is filled with bite sized information... in other words, it doesn't get too deep. i totally agree with TamTurkey's review, if you are looking for a book & you've already decided that you are going to keep chickens (and you are only buying one book), you probably ought to get a different (or another)book. you will want something that gets more into the nitty gritty! this is much more a picture book, but a very thoughtful one, concerned with most of the basics.
if it were the only book you read, you may be surprised suddenly when it's not all sunny side up (this is NOT like several other chicken keeping books i own; complete with graphic infestations, "crime scenes", natural disasters, etc!) for example, there is no "predator" in the index of this book!
i give it 3 stars, in part because i truly think the subtitle is misleading ("getting the best from your chickens"... it might be better called, getting to know some of the best about chickens)