Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock

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Have you heard the news: chickens have left the farm and made themselves at home in neighborhoods everywhere!  For anyone ready to put their eggs in this basket, here is the perfect beginner’s guide to raising chickens, with information on choosing a breed, acquiring the chicks, and housing, feeding, and caring for them. Plus, it provides the lowdown on eggs, including “egg”celent recipes, and profiles of people who have taken on the chicken-rearing challenge. Includes two projects with exploded woodworking ...
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Overview

Have you heard the news: chickens have left the farm and made themselves at home in neighborhoods everywhere!  For anyone ready to put their eggs in this basket, here is the perfect beginner’s guide to raising chickens, with information on choosing a breed, acquiring the chicks, and housing, feeding, and caring for them. Plus, it provides the lowdown on eggs, including “egg”celent recipes, and profiles of people who have taken on the chicken-rearing challenge. Includes two projects with exploded woodworking illustrations and photos: a simple nesting box and a wildly creative mobile chicken tractor.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Urban chicken keepers are flocking to this comprehensive (and pretty!) guide by Ashley English, a popular blogger and proponent of sustainable living. Chapters in Keeping Chickens with Ashley English cover everything from selecting the perfect breed for your space and geography to cooking with eggs...It even includes plans to build a mobile coop.” – Better Homes & Gardens

 
"An excellent, straightforward how-to book for those who wish to have a solid understanding of what it takes to raise chickens successfully for egg production.” – Library Journal

 
"Addresses all the really important things you need to know to get started with poultry...If you are just starting out and you want to select the right breed, Keeping Chickens provides plenty of information to help you make the right choice. There's a plan for a chicken tractor, plans for nesting boxes, and photos of Ashley's coop along with some others. Feed is explained, broodiness in chickens, and poultry health.” – Homestead Revival
 

“Ashley English is the how-to voice of a new DIY movement.” - Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, founders of Homegrown Evolution and authors of The Urban Homestead
 

"An approach to urban homesteading that inspires both action and admiration.” – Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge

 
"The Homemade Living series is beautiful, in both aesthetics and intention. A friendly introduction to simpler living that people in barns and brownstones alike can appreciate.” – Jenna Woginrich, author of Made from Scratch and blogger for Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post

 
"Beautifully designed and laid out with lush, full-color photographs and illustrations. Ashley knows her stuff and you will too after reading her books.” - Mother Nature Network

 
“What I love most about this series is how Ashley presents all of these could-be-complicated subjects in a way that's achievable and encouraging. It all feels totally doable...not to mention fun and fresh in the way she shares it all.” - Amanda Soule, Author of The Creative Family and Handmade Home, Founder of the popular blog Soule Mama
 

“Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list!...Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.” -Re-Nest

Library Journal
02/01/2014
This beginner's guide to acquiring and raising chickens includes recipes for your results (eggs)! With a personable tone and plans for chicken-related projects. (LJ 3/1/10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600594908
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Homemade Living Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 300,355
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    EggsXcellent!!

    I really wanted to raise chickens, but found the whole idea completely overwhelming - any book I picked up made it sound like rocket science, with a million things to remember and small catastrophes lurking around every corner. Ashley's book smoothed my ruffled feathers, sat me down and gently explained it all. It was so much simpler than I'd feared. I was able to figure out right away what kind of birds best suit my environment and my needs, what kind of housing they need and how to care for them. Turns out it's simple enough that an 8yr old can follow along (and she did!). The layout of the book makes it a super friendly read and the photography will make you want to run out and start right away! Good news is that this book gives you the know-how to actually be able to do that. Of all the chicken books out there, this is the one that will get you up and running with no fear (and lots of fun - just ask my 8 yr old!). Highly recommend.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Review by www.beachbrights.blogspot.com

    Thanks to Martha Stewart, I thought owning chickens would be glamourous. Thank goodness I read Ashley English's Keeping Chickens. This book keeps it real. I found the information included in this book to be incredibly resourceful, informative and actually a delight to read. I found myself on several occasions spouting off facts to my husband in amazement (Did you know that cannibalism is common among chickens??). I also loved that in the midst of all the instruction & supply list are these great human interest stories: Portraits of a Chicken Owner.

    This book covers all details of keeping chickens under these main subject chapters: What to Consider, Selecting a Breed, Obtaining Chickens, Housing, Feeding, Hatching Eggs, Raising Chicks, Health & Wellness, Eggs and Recipes.

    I honestly can not say enough about this book and how well written it is. If you are considering chickens then you must read this book!

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

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    Everything you could want to know about raising chickens & eggs

    A must have book if you are even considering keeping Chickens. Ashley takes you step by step through the entire process from picking the breed to housing, feeding, cleaning, and collecting eggs.

    The delicious recipes at the end of the book are an added bonus. My children especially loved "A Good Way To Dye" The how to on natural dyed eggs, using common found kitchen ingredients. The perfect Boiled Egg gave us the secret to not having those green rings around our hard-boiled eggs.

    This a beautiful book even if you don't end up keeping chickens there is much to learn as a consumer of eggs & chicken products.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Great Book for Anyone Who Wants to Get Chickens

    I bought this book because we have 12 peeping little chicks under a warming light in our basement. And I wanted to be able to take care of them properly.

    This book was VERY helpful. She explains everything you need to know in terms everyone can understand. I am much more informed and the book was not a boring technical thing - it was interesting and fun to read.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Excellent reference

    Great info presented very clearly for the beginner backyard chicken keeper.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    Beautiful book!

    Ashley English has triumphed in her attempt to make raising chickens and home canning seem doable for the average Joe. The recipes are wonderful (and I've tried a few)and are easy to follow. You feel like you are in Ashley's kitchen and she's helping you along.

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