Although it is not exactly hot news, raising chickens outside customary farm situations is increasing in favor. It costs little to raise chickens, they provide a ready and steady supply of fresh eggs, and, as one learns in this delightful guide, they can even be pets�with individual personalities. The format here is the draw�and readers will indeed be drawn into the lives of three hens named Amelia, Tilda, and Honey, collectively referred to as �the girls.� From newly hatched chicks to grand dame layers, the author and the wonderful photographer chart the growth of any and all baby chicks into fully mature adults, with �the girls� as examples. Along the way, there are important discussions about heat lamps, health and cleanliness, �brooding,� breed types, housing, and much more essential information. An inviting guide, done with great spirit as well as authority. --Brad Hooper
"The perfect book for anyone wanting to get started with chickens."
"A day-by-day guide designed to reassure the newbie chicken keeper that raising chicks is fun and easy."