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Home to roost : a backyard farmer chases chickens through the ages

by Sheasley, Bob.

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A lighthearted scientific history of the chicken is interspersed with the author's story of tending his backyard poultry farm throughout the course of a year, in an account that features such topics as the role of the chicken in folk medicine and technology, what a chicken's DNA reveals about its re... Full description

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Summary: A lighthearted scientific history of the chicken is interspersed with the author's story of tending his backyard poultry farm throughout the course of a year, in an account that features such topics as the role of the chicken in folk medicine and technology, what a chicken's DNA reveals about its relation to humans, and how classical music can bolster egg laying.
Physical Description: x, 290 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-280) and index.
ISBN: 9780312373641
0312373643
Author Notes:

Bob Sheasley is a farm boy in the city. A lifelong Pennsylvanian, he grew up on a 100-acre dairy farm in Old Order Amish county. He works at The Philadelphia Inquirer and lives with his wife, son, and three daughters in their 1830s farmhouse, where he keeps a coop of fifty or so chickens.


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