In Home to Roost, Bob Sheasley tells of the intertwined relationship between humans and chickens. He delves into where chickens came from, what their DNA tells us about our kinship, how we’ve treated our feathered fellow travelers, and the roads we’re crossing together. This is a story of agriculture and human migration, of folk medicine and technology, of how we dreamed of the good life, threw it away, and want it back.
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“Utterly enchanting . . . a remarkable writer, a classic romantic.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Home to Roost is a compulsively readable history of man’s relationship with Gallus domesticus, rich with anecdote, fable, and fact.” —Julie Zickefoose, author of Letters from Eden
“Combines firsthand experience and wide-ranging research in his treasury of chicken lore. . . . A diverting excursion through the coop and beyond.”—Kirkus Reviews
A lifelong Pennsylvanian, Bob Sheasley grew up on a hundred-acre dairy farm in Old Order Amish county. He lives with his wife, son, and three daughters in their 1830s farmhouse, where he keeps a coop of fifty or so chickens.