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The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything You Need to Know . . . and Didn't Know You Needed to Know About Backyard and Urban Chickens - Andy C. Schneider, Brigid McCrea If you're interested in producing your own food, you might be considering keeping backyard chickens. Sound daunting? Never fear! Andy ("The Chicken Whisperer") Schneider and Brigid McCrea have distilled the knowledge you need to select and care for your flock into this easy-to-use guide. Schneider has shared his poultry expertise for years as a radio personality and contributor to publications including Mother Earth News and Grit magazine. McCrea's Ph.D. in poultry science adds to the book's pedigree.

Filled with beautiful photographs and helpful hints, The Chicken Whisperer's Guide sets itself apart from jargony husbandry manuals by providing relaxed, straightforward information the poultry novice can use and understand. Expected topics such as how to raise, house and properly feed your flock are here, and Schneider and McCrea also explain how to find out if backyard chickens are legal in your neighborhood, and what to do if neighbors consider them poultry non grata. A chapter on popular breeds outlines their virtues and personalities, specifying which breeds lay the most eggs as well as which ones are gentle with children. A section on disease and parasites combines with peripheral information such as an identification guide to predators' tracks and a primer on common poisonous plants to help readers recognize and correct threats.

Whether you're considering chickens or have a brood already, The Chicken Whisperer's Guide will open your eyes to a world of feathered possibilities.

***This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness Readers Edition. Sign up for this free and awesome newsletter at http://www.shelf-awareness.com for the latest news and reviews! This review refers to an ARC provided by Shelf Awareness.***