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Pip! Zip! Hatch! Love!: A Complete Kid's Guide To Keeping Chickens (Raising Backyard Chickens, Great for Children and Adults) is a nonfiction guide to raising chickens written by Susanne Blumer. The author thinks chickens can be fun pets and entertaining companions, and her book gives prospective chicken owners just about everything they need to start keeping chickens. Blumer discusses the benefits and advantages to getting hatched chicks and where to buy them, but she also provides enough information for those who would like to hatch their own baby chicks from eggs, complete with recommendations for moderately priced incubators. Blumer also introduces the various types of chickens that are available and discusses laying potential and personality differences.
Susanne Blumer's nonfiction animal guide for children and adults, Pip! Zip! Hatch! Love!: A Complete Kid's Guide To Keeping Chickens, is entertaining and informative, even if you're not thinking seriously about getting a chicken for a pet any time soon. The pictures liberally sprinkled throughout the book are both educational and amusing, and the serious topic of responsibly raising poultry is made easily accessible in this refreshingly candid and heartwarming book. Each page is filled with snippets of useful information about chickens, eggs, coops and nesting boxes. Reasons for and against having roosters are discussed at length, and I finally learned what it means when a chicken is feeling "broody"; something my chicken-raising neighbor has often complained about. There's also a useful glossary and other resources located in the back of the book. Pip! Zip! Hatch! Love! is highly recommended.