Fueled by the local and organic food movements and a sea change in local ordinances, backyard chicken keeping is booming. Anyone who's decided to join the new wave of chicken keepers knows that the poultry breeds available are dizzying in their variety. Calm your anxiety with this book-a guide for backyard chicken keepers searching for chickens that best fit their needs. Each breed of chicken listed in the field guide is thoroughly described and illustrated by color photos.
The book tells you about the bird, detailing each breed's usefulness, adaptation to climate, coloration, number of eggs typically laid, foraging ability, temperament, and unique qualities. There are fun facts about varieties of chickens and information about color and comb varieties, rare breeds, classification, and hybrids.