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The 4-H Guide to Raising Chickens
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Tara Kindschi is an avid supporter of youth and the poultry hobby. Tara's work for these causes include acting as Sauk County's Poultry Superintendent, volunteering as a county-wide 4-H Poultry Project Leader and serving as Show Secretary for the Wisconsin International Poultry Club. She is also an active member of the Badger Poultry Club. She has mixed a graphic design career with rural, agriculture inspired projects whenever possible. She resides in Sauk County Wisconsin on a small-acreage, historic farm with her husband, son, and an array of animal species including poultry, of course!

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This title has everything one ever wanted to know about chickens but didn't know enough to ask. Eight chapters divide the text into broad topics such as getting started, choosing a breed, housing equipment, and exhibiting chickens. The double-column text takes nothing for granted as far as basic knowledge is concerned. Even so, it is not insulting to more-knowledgeable readers, and not only explains "how," but also "why." Line drawings and charts give additional information, and the excellent color photography is profuse-at least one photo appears on almost every page. Captions are usually informative. The final chapter on resources contains a list of hatcheries by state; a list of chicken-breed clubs and associations; mail-order poultry-supply sources; books, magazines, newspapers; and general and university Web sites. This title is so thorough it should not be limited to juvenile readers. Every county extension office and any library serving a rural community should own it.-Eldon Younce, formerly at Harper Elementary School, KS

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