Chickens are hot right now, as attested by articles on backyard chickens in the Wall
Street Journal and House and Garden
(not to mention Martha Stewart and her palatial henhouses). Kilarski is a self-proclaimed "city chick," and her approach to chicken keeping reflects this background. This is a book for people who want to keep chickens in the city or suburbs, not for those with large flocks in the country. Kilarski also makes an important point--keeping chickens in this context really means keeping hens, as roosters with their crowing are generally illegal in urban areas. In eight short chapters, the author covers the basics of chicken keeping, including feeds and feeding, coop and henhouse design, breeds that are suitable for backyard flocks, and recipes featuring the fresh eggs that the hens will provide. Sidebars offer factoids about chickens and poultry keeping. The text is profusely illustrated with period advertisements and includes a color gallery of hens and coops. Nancy BentCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
..".the pet of choice...could well be the lowly chicken. From Washington State to Martha's Vineyard, upscale homeowners are placing orders for fancy chickens, hatching their own chicks, and signing up for classes on raising the birds."