Raising chickens on a small scale is growing in popularity. Green living, a search for a simpler life, preferences for organic food products and a backlash against commercial agriculture (in addition to a down economy) have all contributed to the rise in poultry raising.
In Raising Chickens For Dummies (Wiley), Kimberly Willis and Rob Ludlow provide readers with an introduction to all aspects of the hobby, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and caring for and feeding chickens. Whether you're looking to raise chickens for eggs, meat or just for fun, this book offers current information in an easy-to-access format.
Willis, who works as a horticulturist, has raised a number of breeds of chickens and other types of poultry for over 30 years. You can read her work at www.life123.com.
After realizing his obsession with chickens was growing, Ludlow decided to create a site devoted completely to the subject. Now he owns and manages www.backyar-chickens.com, the largest and fastest-growing community of chicken enthusiasts in the world.