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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
For a long time, chickens were considered nothing more than egg suppliers, but fortunately, things have now started to change. In her comprehensive and enjoyable book, Uncommon Friends: Keeping Chickens the Animal Lovers' Way, Grazyna Witkowska shows us how to treat these intelligent animals as real pets - if we do not already think about them that way. Witkowska tells how she had her first chickens and how they changed her life. Then, she invites you to learn more about these feathered friends. From the food that chickens eat to the correct way to raise them, as well as some notions about "free-range eggs" and other facts, Uncommon Friends is a book that will make you love and appreciate these beautiful animals as they deserve.
I read Uncommon Friends because I have chickens and a rooster myself, and many times I have had the same thoughts Witkowska has about them. Although different from cats and dogs, chickens are wonderful as pets. I loved that Witkowska made this clear. The first part, the one where she talks about her chickens, is funny, sad, and most of all, engaging. I felt like I was talking to another animal lover who shared her experiences directly with me. The following sections of Uncommon Friends give you many interesting insights if you want to have your first chickens or want to know more about them if you already have some. Finally, I praise Uncommon Friends for its magnificent illustrations and photographs. I highly recommend this book to animal lovers seeking the company of unusual pets.