For Dummies® Gives Practical Advice on a Growing Back-to-Basics Trend

465448 cover.inddAugust 6, 2009 – As people increasingly adopt self-sufficient and back-to-basic lifestyles, raising chickens on a small scale has become more popular every day. Societal movements such as green living, a rejection of commercialism, the search for a simpler life, preferences for organic food products, and a backlash against commercial agriculture (in addition to the down economy) have all contributed to the rise in poultry-raising.

In Raising Chickens For Dummies® (Wiley, 978-0-470-46544-8, August 2009) veterans Kimberly Willis and Rob Ludlow provide readers with an introduction to all aspects of the hobby, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and caring for and feeding chickens. Whether you’re looking to raise chickens for eggs, meat, or just for fun, this book offers the most current information in an easy-to-access format.

Authors Kimberly Willis and Rob Ludlow are valued experts on the topic. Willis, who works at the MSU Extension office in Lapeer County, Michigan, as a horticulturist, has raised a number of breeds of chickens and other types of poultry for over 30 years. She is an advocate for eating locally and sells her fresh brown eggs to friends and family. Kim has numerous articles in print and online. You can read her work at

After realizing his obsession with chickens was growing, Rob Ludlow decided to concentrate his efforts on a site devoted completely on the subject. Now, Ludlow owns and manages, the largest and fastest-growing community of chicken enthusiasts in the world. In January 2009, the site had gained a community of more than 35,000 chicken owners who added about 7,000 new posts per day (5 new posts every minute of every day, seven days a week)!

For more information, contact:
Adrienne Fontaine

(201) 748-5626
Raising Chickens For Dummies
By Kimberly Willis & Rob Ludlow

Wiley; August 2009; Paperback
978-0-470-46544-8; US $19.99
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