Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Chickens, and not the kind on the barbeque, are hot stuff in the urban farming trend. If you have thought about raising chickens at home then the place to hunt and peck for some fowl books is the Monrovia Public Library.

Before you get started make sure you are following local rules by looking at the Monrovia Municipal Code regulations:

Whether to keep your chickens cooped up or allow them to run free is addressed in 2 books. Chicken Coops: 45 Ideas for Housing Your Flock by Judy Pangman offers ideas, some budget minded, for housing poultry. This book is meant to spark the imagination and does not contain specific plans. Jessi Bloom’s Free Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Chicken Friendly Yard, illustrated with color photos, is a terrific do-it-yourself book on how gardens and chickens can co-exist. Roaming chickens can remove pests and aerate the soil and they can supply fresh eggs. Although the book is somewhat specific this is a great title for the beginner thinking about raising a flock.

The chicken or the egg? The Chicken Book by Page Smith may not explain which came first, but it is an amazing book on the history, science and farming of chickens. Whether discussing the evolution of poultry in India or explaining the process by which eggs are laid, this book will fascinate readers who enjoy good non-fiction and people thinking about how it would be nice to have a couple of chickens in the backyard.

What kind of chickens to choose? Photographer Stephen Green-Armytage presents portraits of the most magnificently flamboyant in Extraordinary Chickens. Extravagantly feathered and colored, these pictures are a feast for the eye. Chicken fanciers and readers who like a good chuckle will enjoy My Fine Feathered Friend by New York Times food critic William Grimes. This sweet and funny story is about a chicken that shows up in his backyard, takes up residence with his cats and takes over the neighborhood.

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