Friday, April 13, 2012

Chick Days by Jenna Woginrich
*****

Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide To Raising Chickens From Hatching To Laying


"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."


This simple and heartwarming book is a great go-to guide for chicken raising newbies (or wannabes, like myself).  Jenna Woginrich, who is a young farmer and has served as the impetus of this blog and my homesteading quest, has written another treasure.  If you haven't been following her adventures at Cold Antler Farm, you're missing out.  Her easy writing style makes venturing into new territory less scary.  The way she has explained how to choose a breed, the daily care involved and what to expect once your flock starts laying, enables one to not only imagine having chickens as part of a lifestyle, but outlines the steps in order to achieve that goal. 
The ability to follow three chicks into adulthood was a hoot!
Information about each of the three breeds featured was given throughout their lives and what a blast to see them grow from helpless little balls of fur to empowered laying hens!

One of the reasons I decided to begin my homesteading pursuit was because deep down, in some inexplicable way, I needed chickens in my life.  Not chicken-n-rice kind of needed.  Don't ask me where it came from.  I only know that on some level, I knew I wanted to get back to basics and chickens were gonna help me with that.  The main requirement for our next home will be property and no deed restrictions so that we can pursue our (mostly my) dream of becoming more self-reliant.  It's good to know that I can begin my research ahead of time so that I'll be better prepared when we pick up our first batch of baby chicks.  Thanks, Jenna!