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Keep Chickens!: Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and other Small Spacesby Barbara Kilarski
Synopses & Reviews
Chickens are hot! Kilarski, a woman with a passion for poultry, offers a handbook that is as practical and encouraging as it is witty and entertaining. This book provides the detailed information every aspiring chicken keeper needs to know. 16-page color insert.
If you find yourself reading up on fancy breeds of chickens, if you've taken to sketching coop designs on cocktail napkins, then you're ready to join the nationwide chicken boomlet! And you need Keep Chickens!
Do you want to keep chickens but don't have much land? In this comprehensive and entertaining handbook, Barbara Kilarski shows you how you can successfully keep chickens in small urban and suburban spaces. She tells you which breeds are happiest in small spaces, shows you how to feed and care for your birds, lists the equipment you'll need, discusses
Includes bibliographical references (p. 142) and index.
About the Author
A paralegal who is passionate about poultry, Barbara Kilarski has published articles in a variety of print and web venues, mainly in the Pacific Northwest. She lives with The Girls--Lucy (a New Hampshire Red), Whoopee (an AustraLorp), and ZsaZsa (a Barred Plymouth Rock) in Portland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
1 From City Chick to Urban Chickens
2 Why Keep Chickens?
Chicken Care Is Easy
Chickens in the Garden
Art, Pets & Entertainment
Pondering Urban Flocks
3 Chicken Basics
4 Chickens and the Law
Courtesy First: Talk to Your Neighbors
5 Building a Coop
What's in a Coop?
To Roof or Not to Roof?
Building in Cold or Hot Climates
The Right Coop in the Right Place
Building a Coop for the Girls
6 How to Pick a Chick
Three Makes Company
Good Breeds for a Backyard Flock
Where to Get Chicks
How to Pick Chicks
7 Chicken Care
The Care of Little 'Uns
Feeders and Waterers
Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!
Extreme Weather Care
Health & Fitness
8 Eggcellent Eats
Epilogue: A Day in the Life of an Urban Chicken Keeper
Photo Gallery: A Chicken Extravaganza
Appendix: Summary of Selected City Municipal Codes
Chicks & Chicken Supplies
Chicken Information & Organizations
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