This book is a great read for a first-time chicken owner. It's thorough and clear. The one critique I would have of it is that it repeatedly makes chickens out to be delicate beasts that need heat if it dips below freezing, but that's not rare for poultry books. Just have to read between the lines a bit on that part. Overall it's a very good book with some neat trivia that has a well-earned place on the bookshelf of many a poultry keeper. I would say it's more of four and a half stars, but I can't make it as such.