Just yesterday I wrote about how all you really need when keeping a flock is one good chicken care book, (and a good egg recipe book) the rest you can find out on the internet by reading blogs, writing on boards, or joining online communities.
I have to say that Wisdom for Hen Keepers – 500 Tips for Keeping Chickens by Chris Graham (Taunton Press) is a book*I’m* going to be keeping on my chicken shelf for a long time (I’ll also be bringing it with me when I teach my chicken workshops.) Reading the book is kind of like hearing your grandfather talk about his experiences raising chickens. If you don’t have grandparents around, then all the more reason for this delightful and informative book.
Organized in short, little “tips” form, this book covers:
• Getting Started with Hens
• Hen Keeping equipment
• Choosing your birds
• Basic Run set up
• The Right Housing
• Feeding and Welfare
• Good Husbandry
• Hatching and Rearing
• Tackling Common Problems
• Exhibition and Hen Rescue
Each of the 500 tips is presented in roughly a half-page layout. Short, quick and to the point and with advice on things like: “Be aware of the “bird flu” and how to protect from it”, “There is a bird type for everyone just find yours”, and “Discourage your hens from roosting in the nest boxes.” Each time I turned a page, I learned something I hadn’t known.
Illustrated with gorgeous, whimsical wood cuttings, Wisdom for Hen Keepers is filled with the type of sage advice that only comes from true experience like “Removable components (in the coop) are easier to clean.” Sounds obvious right? But as someone who may be starting out, that’s probably not one of the things you think about.
Included is a lot of practical advice (the best kind) like a section on “candling your eggs at the right time” followed by advice on “DIY egg-candlers can work just as well.” Experienced people don’t want to waste money on newfangled inventions when tried and true methods will work.
There’s an excellent index and the grouping of information into chapters helps you to find that topic you want to read about or, like me, you can start on page one and just keep going. Even though I don’t exhibit birds, I still found that chapter interesting.
Wisdom for Hen Keepers is not your typical chicken care book, but you’ll find yourself picking it up and reading it when you have the time and then re-reading it because you find it so interesting and filled with such down-to-earth advice.
It’s not often I crow about something, but this book definitely deserves attention. Check it out for yourself or someone you know who raises and loves chickens.
I don’t do this often because giveaway contests are not really my style, but the publishers have said that they would provide a copy of this book for one of my readers. I wish I could give you all a copy, but we’ll have to do it this way. Trust me, this book is that good for me to have this giveaway.
If you are interested in Wisdom for Hen Keepers, please leave a comment below (do not leave your email or mail address – I’ll contact you.) I’ll pick a winner on Monday morning.
Note: I was given a copy of Wisdom for Hen Keepers – 500 Tips for Keeping Chickens. I am not affiliated with the publishers and am receiving no compensation for this post. Just passing on good information when I find it.
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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