Not everyone was meant to live with chickens. They can be noisy, messy and cantankerous creatures. They peck, they scratch and they move with a herky-jerky motion that is disturbingly reptilian.
But if you live in the country and have some space and time to devote them, chickens are an easy-entry, low-maintenance livestock option for small farmers, homesteaders and even backyard gardeners.
Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock
by Jay Rossier
Lyons Press, 2004More about this title in The Book Stall