Sunday, May 1, 2011
1) Lewis, Celia. The Illustrated Guide To Chickens. 2010. Metro Books. Paperback: 192 pages. Price: $8.98 U.S.
SUMMARY: Chickens are fun and useful to keep. If you have ever considered raising your own backyard flock this book is for you. It offers practical advice and contains all the information you need to make the right choice of breed whatever your circumstances.
There are breeds that will be happy, healthy and productive whether in urban, suburban or rural settings. Before you decide which breed is right for you, and your neighbors, you need to think about how many chickens you can and should keep, whether you want them just for eggs or want to breed them, where they're going to live and how much of an impact they are going to have.
This book answers all those questions and gives you an insight into the unique attributes and personalities of the 100 commonest breeds. The breed profiles include the various color combinations, standards of the breed, place and history of origin and any special qualities a breed might have. The engaging descriptions are accompanied by beautiful original paintings by the author.
Helpful introductory sections include advice on what and how much to feed your chicken, how to choose their housing, and how to spot and prevent the most common ailments you may encounter. A glossary of poultry jargon and a quick reference guide to each breed's most common characteristics completes the book
RECOMMENDATION: Every birder/bird person should have a copy of this book! It's available from Barnes and Noble here: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Illustrated-Guide-to-Chickens/Celia-Lewis/e/9781435124318/?itm=8&USRI=illustrsted+guide+to+chickens