Chickens in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide

February 10, 2011

Rating: *****

One of my favorite things to do is visit the local bookstore and just get lost in the shelves.  I always head first to the chicken section.  I love discovering new books.  It seems that there is always a new one nested between old favorites.  I stumbled upon this book the last time I was there.

I love this book.  What initially drew me in when I skimmed through the contents was the accurate and fantastic description the authors used to describe the dance of a male rooster.  The rooster uses this dance to assert dominance and seek attention.   Their attention to detail is impeccable.  It was at that point that I realized that I had to have it.

While taking a closer look at the book, I realized that the authors, Rick and Gail Luttmann, wrote this book in 1976.  I would never have known.  This book is current, thorough and an enjoyable read.  Topics that are covered include typical subjects but also how to protect your garden from you flock, dealing with a broody hen, incubation eggs, advice and solutions.  I found this book enjoyable even though I would consider myself to have some experience.  I think that this is a great book for anyone interested in getting started.  I was able to read the entire book in one sitting; all 148 pages.


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