Ok I'll try to keep it short. I'm 44, grew up till 16 with backyard chickens, got married and was chicken free for 25+?years. Fast for are to last summer. Stayed in a friends home for the summer while they were away. My stay included carrying for their 4 hens. I fell in love. I was heart broken when I found out all four had to succumb to local wild life. Anyway, I want a couple of my own chickens. I prefer silkies only because I hear they the least chicken like of all the breeds. Because I was an insta-"farmer" and it's been way too many years, I'm in need of guidance in ALL manners of chicken raising. Unfortunately it wasn't until AFTER I moved in last summer I was informed of my chicken duty so I received NOT instruction. I've since discovered from my various readings is the hens I was charged with were actually not cared for properly. Too many examples. Ok here comes the short part does BYC suggest a chickens for dummies type book? Start to finish, proper coop set up, breed pro/cons, food, enemies, winterized ion, life expectancy etc etc etc. actually, I would love to sit down with most any of you for a few hours as you downloaded the essentials in my brain... Alas I'm forced to read a book. This site is a WEALTH of knowledge, too much perhaps. Also varying opinions, sometimes contradictory. Links, thoughts, suggestions????