Amazon calls this book "the most comprehensive full-color chicken book ever," which is about as good a blurb as a book about anything at all could ask for. Buoyed by Megyesi's advice, Mulvihill recounts his foray into fowl-rearing with delight, describing how his family's "picky-eater preschoolers" provided plenty of scraps for the growing flock, how he had to slaughter, pluck, cook, and eat "Tillie" when she turned out to be, not an egg-layer, but a small, strutting rooster with an ever-growing comb and an ear-splitting cockle-doodle-doo. He shares some good information as well. In San Francisco, you can keep up to four chickens -- or any legal animal for that matter. Hens are hardy; you can leave them unattended for days on end, providing someone -- a neighbor, a friend -- regularly harvests the eggs. It might be easier than you think. If you're curious, read the bulletin, buy the book, and keep checking Craigslist for coops.