Very helpful book for someone wanting to sell, breed or butcher chickens. There is a lot of information on space requirements, coop design, feeding your flock, breeding and some information on diseases. There really isn't too much information on the various different breeds and only a chapter on raising baby chicks. I prefer Sue Weaver's Chicken book for information on raising chicks and information on the breeds. Overall, this is a good book and in my opinion a good book to get after you have raised at least one brood.