Many of us dream of abandoning the rat race and migrating to "the country" for a more satisfying, self-sustaining existence. Our idyllic new life might even include a few chickens pecking around the backyard, providing us with lovely fresh eggs. However, this book isn't only for country and suburban dwellers. A bit of outdoor space and a great deal of determination can make this dream a reality, even in the inner-city. This handy manual tells you everything you need to get started and rear chickens successfully. All the most important considerations when keeping poultry are covered, including: A guide to the different breeds that are available, and how to choose the right one for your needs. Practical advice on raising chicks and how to create the right environment for roosting and nesting. How to keep your chickens safe and clean, with guidance on handling, feeding and watering, and recipes for different feed mixes and supplements. It also includes a collection of recipes for classic egg and chicken dishes.