A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping

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    A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping
    Robert Litt
    Hannah Litt
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    Got a little space and a hankering for fresh eggs? Robert and Hannah Litt have dispensed advice to hundreds of urban and suburban chicken-keepers from behind their perch at Portland’s Urban Farm Store, and now they’re ready to help you go local and sustainable with your own backyard birds. In this handy guide to breeds, feed, coops, and care, the Litts take you under their experienced wings and share the secrets to: Picking the breeds that are right for you • Building a sturdy coop in one weekend for $100 • Raising happy and hearty chicks • Feeding your flock for optimal health and egg nutrition • Preventing and treating common chicken diseases • Planning ahead for family, neighborhood, and legal considerations • Whipping up tasty egg recipes from flan to frittata With everything that first-timers will need to get started—along with expert tips for more seasoned keepers—this colorful, nuts-and-bolts manual proves that keeping chickens is all it’s cracked up to be.
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  1. PluckyClucker99
    "Great book for beginners!"
    Pros - Does a good job of providing descriptions for breeds, simple design makes it easy to red, beautiful graphics
    Cons - Does a good job of getting you started, but not for those who wish to get more serious in showing or overall raising chickens.
    Covers everything for coops to chicks to breeds to egg recipes to flock management. Easy to read with beautiful graphics and an attractive hard cover design allows doesn't allow it to look out of place of your living room coffee table or book shelf. Doesn't do a good job covering showing and all that, so I don't recommend it as a guide for 4-H'ers or people who wish to show chickens or for those who wish to raise meat birds. Perfect book for beginners who wish to keep them as egg-layers or pets. Overall pretty good book!
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  2. popsicle
    "A Chicken in Every Yard"
    Pros - high quality, nice layout
    I got this book at the brick-and-mortar mom-and-pop bookstore, so I paid a bit more than Amazon.

    The book is a high-quality hardback that is a joy to look at. It's quick and easy to read, though I haven't read it from cover-to-cover, rather in sections as I needed.

    There are certainly a lot of similar chicken books available now. This book is redundant to several other books available (on amazon or my bookshelf) though I'm still happy with the purchase. This is the one I usually recommend first to people considering a few laying hens.

    In case it's not obvious from the title and book description, this book is definitely written for "city-folk" or people with a few laying hens that consider them pets. I don't think you will find any information about butchering, processing, culling or Cornish Xs. If you are looking to raise a sustainable flock that includes meat birds, I recommend Harvey Ussery's book.

    I will add that there are a couple pet peeves regarding chicken breeds. First, what they call Ameraucana is technically "Easter Egger" especially since they say there aren't standardized colors--there absolutely are standardized colors for Ameraucanas. I'm not a breed purist, I have the non-standardized Easter Eggers in my flock. Second, it's Marans singular and plural. There is no such thing as a Maran chicken. They are named after the town (region?) Marans, France. It would be like naming a chicken breed Illinois and calling one an Illinoi.

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  1. reinvestment
    Many cities are allowing chickens now. Egg production is a plus I guess. However, South Bend, In near me, is charging $20 for an application! I thought that was high BUT I have news that Chicago is allowing them now, but wants $300.00!! That's corruption continuing, as Chicago does. What cost does any city have in letting people have chickens?? I see NONE

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