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