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

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

by Ashley English


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ISBN-13: 9781600594908
Publisher: Lark Crafts
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Series: Homemade Living Series
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 177,226
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SashaA More than 1 year ago
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.
Twink on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Now you may be saying, Luanne why ever would you pick a book about keeping chickens? Well in a former job at a living history museum, we kept heritage and threatened species of chickens, they were part of a working farm and we used the eggs to cook with. Honestly, I kind of grew attached to them, they were a lot smarter than the turkeys! Eating local and the interest in growing your own food has just skyrocketed. "What could be more local than foods gathered from your own backyard, stoop, balcony or deck?" There was a great debate and bylaw vote in the large city closest to me about keeping chickens within city limits. Lots of ruffled feathers with the final verdict being no.But as a rural dweller, it's definitely something that interests me and this book is an excellent resource.It encompasses all aspects, from initial considerations - cost, laws, neighbours and lifestyle to picking the breed best for your climate and what you want - layers or for your table. Lots of colour photos are included in this chapter. Where do you get your birds - and there's a great appendix at the end lots of links and resources. Where will you keep your chickens - plans for lots of different housing solutions and actual plans are included. What to feed - covered. How to raise healthy birds from chick to full grown, health concerns and loads about everyday care. And of course eggs! The last chapter was a lovely surprise - lots of recipes - I'm going to give the sweet potato soufflé a try.I really enjoyed the portraits of chicken owners scattered throughout the book, covering those who keep just a few to those supplying local restaurants. Keeping Chickens is well laid out and easy to read and reference. Ashley English has put together a comphrehensive resource for anyone thinking of keeping a flock of their own. Keeping Chickens is part of a series called Homemade Living Series that covers a lot of 'back to the basics'. Canning and Preserving is out, with Keeping Bees and Home Dairy due out in the Spring.
BeachBrights More than 1 year ago
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!
SuzanneNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
anne839 More than 1 year ago
Great info presented very clearly for the beginner backyard chicken keeper.
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DIY More than 1 year ago
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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