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City Chicks: Keeping Micro-Flocks of Chickens (English Edition) von [Foreman, Patricia]
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There are lots of books on keeping chickens, but City Chicks is the only book to tell you how to use and employ chickens in your garden, to create garden and top soil, as clucking civic solid waste management worker and much more.

Urban chickens are in and chickens have become the mascot of the local food movement. But how to take care of them and employ their skill sets? Read City Chicks: Keeping Micro-Flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers, and Local Food Suppliers.

City Chicks shows you how to keep, employ and enjoy backyard poultry. Throughout all 464 pages there are photos, diagrams, tables and chicken jokes that make this book an entertaining reference.

A desire for sustainable, clean, wholesome food and superior soil quality has led more and more suburban and city dwellers to keep chickens in their backyards and gardens. Across America municipalities are allowing, and even encouraging, residents to keep laying hens within city limits.

Learn how you can:
• Have fresh, heart-healthy eggs, daily from your backyard home flock.
• Employ your chicken’s “skill sets” as garden workers, organic pesticiders, herbiciders, fertilizers, compost creators and top soil enhancers.
• Understand how chickens can be part of a national defense and emergency preparedness strategy.
•Take the best care of your flock.
• Become a Chicken Whisperer including outrageous chicken tricks!
• Save millions of tax payer dollars by using chickens to divert food and yard waste from landfills and waste management systems.
• Be a Primary Poultry Health Care Practitioner to save on vet bills. The Poultry’s Pharmacy shows you how to make and use effective, inexpensive home treatments.
• Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within your town or city.
• Avoid roosters and why you don’t want them.
• Do much, much more with chickens than you ever thought possible, including outrageous chicken tricks.

Learn how others:
• Have built urban chicken tractors, hen huts, condos and chicken chateaus to blend in with neighborhood landscape and architecture.
• Join in urban eco-agri-tourism with annual coop & garden home tours for fund raising.
• Start or join local poultry clubs.
• Keep small flocks to help preserve endangered breeds of chickens.
• Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within their town’s limits.

By the co-author of Chicken Tractor, Backyard Market Gardening and Day Range Poultry. City Chicks is a revolutionary way of keeping and using chickens by thinking “outside the coop” and “inside the city”. Over 120 photos, drawings, and tables give you visual clarity and quick learning.
The imaginative and entertaining style of writing is combined with hands-on, real-life experience to bring you one of the most complete and authorative books on micro-flock management.

Reviewed in the New York Times, by Penelope Green. "Another take on Chick Lit. The chicken is still having her moment as the mascot and darling of the always-cresting locavore food movement. But as hipsters and foodies from New York to San Francisco embrace her charms and services — many people are struggling to learn how, exactly, to care for her. Enter City Chicks."

“City Chicks is a revelation! It’s time that someone expertly connected gardening to raising and keeping hens. The two practices go hand in hand. This book is filled with excellent advice so that everyone can confidently practice good earth stewardship, not to mention have a prize garden!” — Michael C. Metallo, President National Gardening Association

“The best solutions today are integrated solutions. City Chicks show how to successfully produce protein along with your garden vegetables while managing waste and increasing soil fertility…a 3-for-1 benefit! — Will Raap Founder, Gardener’s Supply

“Far more than just another book on chickens, City Chicks opens the door to a whole new world of poultry possibilities. Keeping small flocks is good for gardens, muni


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4797 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Good Earth Publications, Inc.; Auflage: Kindle (first) Edition (24. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0046H9IJM
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46 von 47 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen THE book to learn about urban chickens! 17. April 2010
Von Renee F. Wrede - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Broschiert Verifizierter Kauf
I own sixteen (really!) books and have taken five classes about urban chickens. I found City Chicks to be the most inclusive book of all which makes it a great bargain. The author gives incisive information on care, behavior, housing, and even explains how to best use their ah, manure. Foreman discusses different ways you can use your chickens in your garden, what their coops should have as well as delve deeply into the differences between commercial and homemade feeds. Although there are reference books you should not be without, I feel this book should definitely be included in your library if you want to have backyard chickens.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brooding chapter alone worth price of book 14. Oktober 2009
Von Ann M. Huebner - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought this book a couple of weeks ago, right before my first shipment of day-old chicks arrived. Boy, am I glad I did. The brooding chapter alone told me everything I needed to start my chicks. There is a very good check list of supplies. I took it with me to the Tractor Supply and bought everything I needed. The photos are very helpful; you can see how things are supposed to look. The day-by-day diary was also very helpful. As a first time brooder, I was very nervous, but breaking things down in day-by-day chunks made the process manageable. My friends started chicks last spring. They just followed the generic advice the hatchery sent and ended up with a lot of dead chicks. I haven't had ANY losses. There was one chick dead-on-arrival in the box. The other twenty-four were thriving by the end of the first day.

The other thing I like about Pat's brooder set-up is the hygiene. The aspen shavings keep everything very clean and dry. There is no smell at all.

I heartily recommend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great book! 26. März 2010
Von KO - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in raising backyard chickens. Lots of information, and I refer to it often. There's even a section on what steps to take to change the ordinances in your city if chickens are currently not allowed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Chicken lover shares her passion for poultry 24. April 2011
Von Mystic Manifesting - Veröffentlicht auf
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In City Chicks, Patria Foreman enthusiastically describes the many benefits of keeping backyard chickens beyond providing fresh eggs. Chickens keep gardens free of bugs like ticks and fleas, provide fertilizer, and recycle kitchen waste while reducing garbage going to the landfill. You can enlist their help in keeping down weeds and use controlled fencing to channel their love of scratching to build composted, raised beds for future vegetable gardens. And chickens are friendly and entertaining. There's something quite soothing about the clucking of a few happy hens.

City Chicks can help you select the right breed for your environment and needs; order chicks (or eggs) through the mail; raise them to adulthood; feed and house them; treat injuries and diseases; build appropriate fencing to control their movement; choose watering and feeding equipment; understand chicken psychology, the pecking order and broody hens; protect them from predators; make money with chickens; find other poultry enthusiasts; and lobby for rights to house chickens in cities that don't allow them.

Foreman is unabashedly fond of chickens, and it shows. The book's tone is friendly and often humorous-at times perhaps a little too cutesy. But it made me laugh and yearn for having my own chickens, because I too am a fan. Foreman even includes goofy tricks you can teach your chickens. I fondly remember "hypnotizing" my chickens when I was a child.

City Chicks doesn't provide architectural plans for building coops, but you'll know why perches should all be the same height, why chickens shouldn't sleep in their nest boxes, the importance of a draft- and damp-free environment, and when they need to be locked up.

My main criticism is that the book needs extensive editing. It is filled with typos and punctuation errors, even missing or improperly placed words. The book also lacks organization and is occasionally repetitive. If edited properly, this would be a 5-star book. Highly recommended for its wealth of information.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Full of information, but not organized well 13. März 2011
Von Natasha S. - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a fun book. The author clearly loves chickens and knows a lot about them. However, don't try and make this your only chicken book, if you're new to chickens. This book is kind of like having a bunch of long conversations with an expert neighbor. The good information is there, but you really have to dig for it.

The 'Garden Chicks' chapter is tantalizing, but apparently a promo for another book in the works (using chickens as garden helpers). And it is probably the most clearly organized chapter. The book contains a ton of information, from breed types to first aid and health care for chickens, to what you need in a coop, to what to feed them, to even things like tricks the author has taught her chickens.

But it needs some charts and diagrams and maybe some blueprints. You have to go through the whole chapter on coops and take notes to figure out: okay, I need so much square feet per hen, the roost bars need to be so thick, so many nesting boxes, etc etc. Nowhere is it laid out for you quickly and concisely; you really have to read the whole book and take close notes. At which point you're left thinking, maybe I'll just buy a pre-fab coop.

Or, the garden chapter. So many great ideas - but no real good comparison of what is the best way to reach which goal. It's just a confusing mishmash of a huge amount of information that is a long slog to sort through. So I liked the book - but I didn't love it, and I"m stuck buying at least one other book on chicken-keeping before I actually get any chickens. This one simply isn't sufficient.
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