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City Chickens Hardcover – May 8, 2012
An engaging, photo-filled look at a Minneapolis woman who has created an inner-city poultry shelter. - Scripps Howard News Service
"Animal-loving city and country kids alike will find this worth clucking about." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
$16.99 CL/$19.95 CAN
Top Customer Reviews
"Chickens in the yard. Chickens in the shower. Chickens upstairs and downstairs, in the kitchen and under the couch. . . . How did they go from helping dogs, cats, and pet birds to helping chickens?"
In North Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the inner city, there's a magic kingdom you can glimpse through the peephole of a wooden fence. This is the home, in a busy neighborhood, of Mary Britton Clouse, her husband Bert Clouse, and Chicken Run Rescue, the nonprofit rescue, rehabilitation, referral, adoption, and education center founded by Mary and Bert in 2001. It all started when six Thai roosters, impounded by Minneapolis Animal Control after a cockfighting raid, needed a refuge. Mary and Bert already had several rescued animals, including parakeets and doves, but chickens? "Fighting" roosters?
City Chickens tells the intriguing story of how Chicken Run Rescue got started, and how and why it operates. Each morning, Mary and Bert are awakened by the crowing and clucking of their "guests," as they call their cherished residents. They spend the day cleaning cages, medicating sick birds, soaking infected chicken feet, rescuing hens trapped in snow drifts, running to the vet, driving long distances to place a single chicken in a home Mary has approved through her meticulous online adoption service, and much more. I've visited Mary and Bert and watched their indefatigable dedication in action.
Technically, City Chickens is a book for children, but it is really a book for all ages.Read more ›
I love to read non-fiction books and research facts. We started raising chicks this year and I wanted to learn more about them. This book was about chickens who were rescued. Three facts that I learned about chickens was:
1) They like to eat plain spaghetti and lettuce.
2) When a chicken rolls in the dirt its taking a dust bath to keep its feathers shiny and clean.
3) Chickens are the most abused animals in the world.
If you want to learn more about how to help rescue homeless chickens this would be a good book to read.
This was a really interesting read. I didn't realize that people actually drop off chickens to their local animal shelters. Sadly, most are put to sleep, because of their involvement in fighting rings. Mary Britton Clouse is awesome. She was able to get her city home permitted to house homeless chickens, and started the Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What was really disconcerting was that most of the chickens were coming from local schools who hatched the eggs for a school project. When the project was done they would drop the eggs off at the shelter.
Overall, this was a very informative read and promoted awareness of an inner city issue revolving not just around dogs/cats, but chickens too.
We received a copy of this for the purposes of an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is mostly a feel good book about a chicken rescue in Minneapolis.
There is very little, next to no, information about keeping chickens in an urban setting. Read more
This world has become so bound by technical and political advances that is too easy to forget the down to earth and forever basics of caring for those people and animals that... Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by nola durant
Prepare to be charmed! City Chickens by Christine Heppernan approaches an unusual subject--the rescue of chickens in Minneapolis, Minnesota--with all the charisma of the city... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by greenlinnet
What a smart, fetching book this is. Good photography, lively mash-up of font styles to keep things hopping, lots of practical caretaking advice scattered throughout, and text that... Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Rebecca J. Stanborough
I have to admit, a book about rescuing...chickens? I was apprehensive. Heppermann, however is a poet and a storyteller, and tells the non-fiction tale of Chicken Run Rescue with... Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by dragongal
Chickens with names such as Miss Manor, Coraline and Billiam Winona. Chickens that strut down city streets, bath in the family tub and snooze among the kids' toys. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by J. Cummings
The perfect marriage of photography and lyrical writing, Heppermann shows us all that raising, caring for, nurturing chickens is more than chicken scratch--it's an art, a passion... Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Mellisa Dempsey
CITY CHICKENS is just the right type of book for animal-loving kids and adults - it tells the fascinating/slightly quirky story of how a passion for animals can turn into a... Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by JLS1955