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Not for children or partners...or anyone wanting a quiet life
on 12 May 2012
Please do not buy this book as a present for one of your children, your partner, your wife or anyone else unless theya re established chicken farmers! I made the mistake of buying this as a gift as the wife was harping on about how nice chickens are. Thinking she would look at it and put it on the bookshelf and be done with it, I got her a copy. Biggest mistake of my life. I returned from work one day to find a beautiful state of the art chicken coop erected in our back garden, an egg incubator in the spare bedroom, and several large balls of white fluff wandering around the garden making clucking noises. The wife told me they WERE chickens - SIlkies. She had seen them on the book, apparently they make good pets and are easy to keep. Not content with silkies, we now have some cream legbars and the most recent addition are 2 'Jersey hens' which hatched in the incubator. Never heard of Jersey hens so I looked them up in the book (take note!!) nad found they were actually Jersey Giants - now apparently these hens grow as big as bloomin turkeys. I would never have known that if it hadn't been for the book. So, yes, it is a fantastic book but if you do not want to sit on an evening, with a silkie chicken called Tallulah on your shoulder while you try to watch the news...then DO NOT BUY IT. Chickens are addictive, entertaining and this book tells you everything you need to know about keeping them and their welfare. It also gives tips on various breeds etc. My wife now has a collection of 20 chickens and they produce some lovely eggs and make the garden look nice. I am a broken man and have been adopted by a bloomin chicken!