Fowl Play: Your Guide to Keeping Chickens in the City
Keeping backyard chickens is becoming increasingly popular in urban areas, but for those who are interested it often seems impossible to know where to begin. Is my backyard large enough? Is it legal in my neighborhood? Why should I keep chickens? Fowl Play: Your Guide to Keeping Chickens in the City is now available through the new app Urban Farm Guides. This short yet thorough mini book includes an easy-to-read guide for everything from obtaining the chickens to their long-term maintenance and is written by urban farmers with plenty of experience in chicken-raising.
Why should you raise chickens in your backyard? Think fresh eggs, the thrill of the daily egg hunt, and the chickens tilling your soil, eating food scraps, weeds, seeds, bugs and providing great fertilizer. Also, “their great personalities offer endless hours of entertainment. My cats are entertaining too, but they don’t make me breakfast,” says Bess.
“You can learn so much about life from chickens,” explains Michele M, a busy nurse, wife and mother of seven. “I’ve learned that keeping chickens really is good for my soul!” Anyone can do it…no roosters required.
The secrets to success easily unfold in the book’s pages. Inside, Bess explains in detail the key components of a thriving flock of chickens: obtaining the chickens, building a coop, learning chicken vocabulary, raising chickens from day-old chicks, gathering eggs, maintaining the flock, among others. Bess herself has plenty of experience raising chickens on her small farm which is also home to rabbits and quail.
The mini book is simple to read and is written in a playful and motivating manner from so that readers can learn quickly while being inspired to start their own flocks. It can be obtained through the new app Urban Farm Guides, available at the App Store for iPhone and iPad