Synopses & Reviews
Chickens - why not? Tens of thousands of people in all areas of the country enjoy raising these birds, whether for food or companionship. You can, too, with this indispensable guide. In fact, you may want to read Living with Chickens just for the sheer joy of it.Straightforward prose and dozens of clear, detailed illustrations offer advice on everything from choosing the best backyard birds for your needs to suggestions for building a well-ventilated, windowed coop. Throughout the book, Rossier emphasizes that you should be relaxed - there is lots of room for flexibility in this chicken raising business. One of his friends used an old, abandoned car as a chicken house, which worked just fine, and another feeds his birds table scraps. Living with Chickens reveals how easy it is to become a competent "poultryman" at any level. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 224 pages, color photos, b&w photos, illustrations)Jay Rossier is an occasional contributor to Northern Woodlands magazine. In addition to being a husband and a parent, he reads, writes, and looks after various fowls in Vershire, Vermont.The American Poultry Association, was founded in 1873 to help uphold the value of standard-bred poultry and pure breeding The APA supports sanctioned meets at countrywide poultry shows, and publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual yearbook.
"In this charming book, the authors provide a nice overview of the basics of poultry keeping for those new to the hobby. Beautiful color photographs throughout demonstrate the appeal of chickens, adding to the value of this nice primer on backyard chicken keeping."- Booklist
"LIVING WITH CHICKENS will help birds and their owners live in harmony and health. Rossier's easy-going style will be welcomed by both new and experienced poultry owners." --Stephen Green-Armytage, EXTRAORDINARY CHICKENS
"Everything you ever wanted to know and more! Beautifully realized with superb photographs--chock full of information--a chicken aficionado's delight."
--Mark Lewis, Writer/Director, The Natural History of the Chicken
"This is a wonderful book, the most comprehensive and easily digested book about chickens I've come across. It's a delight to read a book and find yourself nodding, muttering that it was about time someone wrote a logical, clear, helpful guide to chicken raising. I can promise that anyone with an interest in chickens will be advised to toss the other books and keep this one. The subtitle--Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock--sets a standard for truth in advertising.--Valley News (Lebanon, NH)
"This book doesn't romanticize chickens or rhapsodize them. It's a practical, plain-as-dirt guide to raising chickens, it's spirit captured in the unexalted subtitle: 'Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock'. It's all very matter-of-factly rendered, but never at the expense of the essential dignity of the enterprise. It's an uncommonly beautiful book to look at, too, with just enough lore aobut these beautiful, underappreciated animals to keep those of us entertained, who, the the end, will leave the nuggeteering to someone else."--The Arkansas Times
Chickens have long been a symbol of a good life in the country, and the idea of raising poultry is as popular as ever in today's busy world -- whether for fun or for profit. Vermonter Jay Rossier gives any future chicken farmer the tools he needs to get started, from step-by-step instructions on building the coop to a brief background on chicken biology ("gizzard talk"); from hints on getting high-quality eggs from the hens, to methods for butchering. He draws on his own experiences and those of his fellow poultrymen in discussing how to keep marauders from the chicken coop, the benefits of homemade grain versus commercial, and how to live (and sleep) with a rooster in your midst. Personal anecdotes, interesting facts, and lush images of the birds and their landscape round out this comprehensive book.
Chickens - why not? Tens of thousands of people enjoy raising these birds, whether for food or companionship. You can too, with this comprehensive guide in which straightforward information is accompanied by anecdotes from real-life chicken farmers.
Straightforward prose and dozens of detailed illustrations offer advice on everything from choosing the best birds for your needs to suggestions for building a windowed coop.