Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (March 3, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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This is an interesting book. It is packed full of clever ideas, but you better love plastic. It's everywhere. Also, you better love plumbing, pumps, and digging trenches. It spends much of its efforts giving the reader some real-world examples and advice. It clearly doesn't expect the reader to implement all or even most of the ideas, but I am confident that there are a few things just about anybody could apply to their situation, weather you are a suburbanite, urbanite, or a rural dweller.I was surprised by the extensiveness of instruction in chicken and pond fish rearing. I think this book would be a decent chicken primer, though not as thorough as Harvey Ussery's book. But one must realize that most of the advice and the schemes in this book are all very site specific. For example, his chicken coop wouldn't be nearly large enough in most of this country where weather gets cold enough a few or more weeks per year that chickens must be protected in a shelter. Also, I was surprised that he feels that bleach washing eggs is a given. From my perspective washing eggs is needed because of a defect in the management, usually putting too many chickens in too small of a coop or too few of roost boxes or not changing the bedding frequently enough.The book is very upbeat, enthusiastic, and friendly while not condescending, arrogant and self-congratualtory. When there is insufficient information, the reader is at least pointed in the right direction via a reference, but usually there is enough information to actually accomplish many of the projects in the book. Like all Chelsea Green books it is well produced, has an index, and is generally attractive.Why not five stars? Because, like many books of its kind, it is mis-titled in my opinion.
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