Sunday, October 9, 2011
Kicking off Homestead Days with Chickens! Chickens were the first livestock we started with here on our farm. They are typically one of the easiest animal to raise and they give back within 6 months with farm fresh eggs. Once you have farm eggs you can't go back to buying them at the grocery anymore! We have gone from having just layers and even having some extras to sell, to raising 'fancy poultry' to show in 4-H. We look forward each year to our box from the post office of chicks that arrive in the mail! Enjoy my review of Chick Days and be sure to pick up a copy if you are interested in learning more about raising chickens, either in the country or the suburbs!
Raising Chickens from Hatchlings to Laying Hens
Photography by Mars Vilaubi
Chick Days published by Storey says this is “An Absolute Beginner Guide”. It not only is a great beginner guide, it is an eye pleasing book to seasoned chicken raisers!
Jenna Woginrich thinks of all aspects of raising chickens from your first considering having these fine feathered friends and which ones would work best for you, to how to house them and feed them. She dispels myths like chickens are noisy and costly, when in fact they are very quiet (compared to other livestock) and cost just dollars to get started.
The photographs are just wonderful, many will make you chuckle, as you see actual breeds of chickens and the supplies you need.
After you get all the simple introductions under your belt you are ready to meet the 3 chickens showcased in the book, Amelia, Honey and Tilda. The Chick Diary follows these 3 chicks from day 1 till they are laying eggs at 6 months of age. Actual photos of these three chickens as they are growing through their days makes this a delightful journal for all ages.
Jenna uses humor, Chicken medleys and interesting ideas to give a quirky, yet informational feel to the book. Not your text book variety on raising chickens, but a book to hook the newcomer, and refresh the oldie.
Fantastic book by Jenna and wonderful photography by Mars!!
You honestly can’t go wrong with books published by Storey.
I received a copy of this book from Storey in exchange for an honest review.