Chick Days is a welcome addition to the ever-growing flock of chicken-keeping guides. In it, Jenna Woginrich, accomplished blogger and author of Made from Scratch, provides an accessible and entertaining overview of backyard chicken keeping, covering chick selection, laying logistics, and everything in between. But what really sets this book apart is the visual chronicle of photographer Mars Vilaubi's own backyard chickens — Amelia, Honey, and Tilda — as they grow from tiny, fuzzy, fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand hatchlings to full-fledged layers. Recommended By Tove H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Chickens are the hottest new backyard "pet"! It seems that every Tom, Dick, and Susan wants to raise chickens in his or her backyard, whether that yard is one square foot or one hundred. There's nothing more local than an egg freshly laid right in your own yard. But what should you expect when you're adopting a couple of day-old chicks? In Chick Days
, Jenna Woginrich, award-winning author of Made from Scratch
, the homesteading memoir for the twenty-something generation, offers a highly entertaining and informative photographic guide for today's fledgling chick parent. Fun for the complete newbie and for families with young children, Chick Days
chronicles the journey of three chickens from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to grown hens laying eggs. Day by day and week by week, readers watch the three starring chickens grow and change, learning about chicken behavior, feeding requirements, housing, hygiene, and health-care essentials, and fun facts on all things poultry. As Jenna herself says, "Chickens are more than 12-piece buckets, country diner kitsch, and egg whites. They're your backyard ambassadors to healthier eating and basic husbandry. Keeping chickens is a crash course in local eating. When you start collecting eggs you'll be eating so local you'll know the amount of cracked corn in the feeder at ground zero of your breakfast . . . "
Jenna's witty commentary is accompanied by the photography of Mars Vilaubi, who raised the three chickens himself, along with his wife and son. Their accompanying "chick diary" notes particular things this family learned and did along the way to make chicken raising fun. Presenting just the essential information in a highly visual and inviting format, Chick Days makes every stage of chicken life fun, entertaining, and, most of all, doable. It's sure to give any chicken lover or wannabe owner the confidence and enthusiasm to join the flock!
"The perfect book for anyone wanting to get started with chickens." Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief of Mother Earth News
"A day-by-day guide designed to reassure the newbie chicken keeper that raising chicks is fun and easy."
"The perfect book for anyone wanting to get started with chickens."
Woginrich, award-winning author of "Made from Scratch," offers a highly entertaining and informative photographic guide for today's beginning chicken farmer. "Chick Days" chronicles the journey of three chickens from newly hatched chicks to grown hens laying eggs.
Essential information -- from keeping your new chicks warm to collecting still-warm eggs.
Chickens are quirky and fun and their eggs give you tasty, nutritious food every day. Who could ask more of a pet? And it's surprisingly easy to be a backyard chicken-keeper. With lively text and charming photographs, Chick Days follows the day-by-day and week-by-week growth of three chickens as they develop from hatchlings to laying hens. Firsthand advice on chicken behavior, breed selection, feeding requirements, safe housing, hygiene, and health-care essentials ensures that your own flock will be as healthy and well-cared-for as this contented trio.
A visual diary from day 1 to month 6.
About the Author
Photographer Mars Vilaubi chronicled the adventures of his three backyard hens from their first days out of the egg through their first days laying eggs in Chick Days. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Jenna Woginrich is a homesteader and the author of Barnheart, Chick Days, and Made from Scratch. She blogs at Cold Antler Farm, as well as Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post. A Pennsylvania native, she has made her home in the mountains of Tennessee, in northern Idaho, in rural Vermont, and most recently in upstate New York, where she lives with a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, a border collie in training, chickens and geese, a hive of bees, a horse, and several amiable rabbits.