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Got a little space and a hankering for fresh eggs?
Robert and Hannah Litt have dispensed advice to hundreds of urban and suburban chicken-keepers from behind their perch at Portland's Urban Farm Store, and now they're ready to help you go local and sustainable with your own backyard birds. In this handy guide to breeds, feed, coops, and care, the Litts take you under their experienced wings and share the secrets to:
Picking the breeds that are right for you - Building a sturdy coop in one weekend for $100 - Raising happy and hearty chicks - Feeding your flock for optimal health and egg nutrition - Preventing and treating common chicken diseases - Planning ahead for family, neighborhood, and legal considerations - Whipping up tasty egg recipes from flan to frittata
With everything that first-timers will need to get started--along with expert tips for more seasoned keepers--this colorful, nuts-and-bolts manual proves that keeping chickens is all it's cracked up to be.
“Backyard chickening may be the best next step beyond backyard gardening. Leveraging their own experience with their Oregon customers’ shared wisdom, Robert and Hannah bring to every aspiring next stepper a mentoring book that can nudge anyone into micro-eggery.”
—JOEL SALATIN, founder of Polyface Farm, author of You Can Farm, and contributor to Food, Inc.: A Participant Guide
“This is the guide to raising chickens that I desperately needed when I first started urban farming. Robert and Hannah have seen it all when it comes to raising cluckers.”
—NOVELLA CARPENTER, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer