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Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying Paperback – January 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603425845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603425841
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although it is not exactly hot news, raising chickens outside customary farm situations is increasing in favor. It costs little to raise chickens, they provide a ready and steady supply of fresh eggs, and, as one learns in this delightful guide, they can even be pets�with individual personalities. The format here is the draw�and readers will indeed be drawn into the lives of three hens named Amelia, Tilda, and Honey, collectively referred to as �the girls.� From newly hatched chicks to grand dame layers, the author and the wonderful photographer chart the growth of any and all baby chicks into fully mature adults, with �the girls� as examples. Along the way, there are important discussions about heat lamps, health and cleanliness, �brooding,� breed types, housing, and much more essential information. An inviting guide, done with great spirit as well as authority. --Brad Hooper

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"The perfect book for anyone wanting to get started with chickens."


"A day-by-day guide designed to reassure the newbie chicken keeper that raising chicks is fun and easy."

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Got my chicks and I refer back to this book every week!
michele leong
There is tons of information in this book and it is so fun and easy to read.
baileyp
I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about getting chickens!
Susan

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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By JB on June 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed with this book and am glad that I obtained it thru interlibrary loan from my library before purchasing it. The main part of the book is almost like a journal, documenting the author's own experience raising three chicks. It's well photographed, but short on information, and even absolute beginners are probably going to want a more detailed book to get them through the basics. Many people who pick up this book will have more experience with chickens than the author does, and will cringe when they view the photos of Week One, where the author's chicks have access to food and water dishes that are large enough for the chicks to dirty with their feces. She corrected this by Week Two, but I don't feel that this author has the authority to give advice, such as pushing medicated chick feed. Many small flock owners are interested in raising their chickens organically, and there are methods to raise healthy chicks without medicated feed, but you won't find a discussion of that in this book.

The two chicken books that I like are City Chicks (even for those of us who live in the country), and Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens. Both of these have chapters on raising chicks that I found much more informative than Chick Days.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Litsenberger on April 4, 2011
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9 baby chicks were handed over to us...and we needed advise...we saw this book and ordered it, and its great...it takes you from day one....and we are currently on week 7. Everything is answered in this book...and then there is also helpful tips....any time we need to figure something out, we go straight to it, or when we are wondering what is about to happen in their next stages of life..its in there...this is a great book for anyone out there like us....we had no experience in raising chickens, now we have 9 very happy healthy peepers...hehe
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan on January 14, 2011
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This is a great book about what to expect when you bring home those cute little balls of fluff from the feed store or the post office. Though most of the information is applicable to all chicken breeds, this book focuses on chickens whose main function will be egg-laying. It clearly describes the what, where, when, how and why of chicken raising, and it outlines milestones in development, needs and abilities of baby chicks becoming adult chickens. There is information on what equipment you will need and why, what housing will be required at each stage of your chicks' development, as well as information about hygene and common health problems. Read this book, and you can go collect those fluffy chicks with confidence. I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about getting chickens!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tiffini on January 12, 2011
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I am a budding homestead farmer and am in the market for chicken information. This book is a great start to the chicken information highway. It is presented in everyday language and takes the viewpoint that no question is too dumb to ask. I love the everyday information and observations mixed in with the technical knowledge needed to raise your chicks. Something that suprised me is the thickness of the pages. They are cardstock thickness and considering how much rereading a beginner like me will do, I appreciate the longevity these pages will have. Great work Jenna, it is a great compliment to Made From Scratch!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wildallium on January 13, 2011
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There are a lot of how-to's and what not's out there with scientific jargon, long chapters, and plenty of places to get hung up on what should be basic knowledge. Chick Days is not one of these books. Chick Days is the book you want when you know nothing about chickens yet crave to own them.

There are a few things that each reader will love about this new chicken tome. The first is that it follows a logical procession of chicken life. From egg to adult, Woginrich gently details the priorities of chicken lives, with light and witty writing. The life of a chicken is doubly illustrated by glimpses into a family's first poultry experience.

On top of simple advice, Chick Days also offers beautiful color poultry photography. The reader can watch each featured fluffed chick transform into a gangly adolescent before becoming a beautiful hen. The author includes excerpts from her popular blog as well, making the read as entertaining and welcoming as it is informational.

Before reading Chick Days, you might be clueless and cluckless. During Chick Days, you will feel a surprising urge to hold a ball of fluff in your hands and run out to your very own backyard coop. After reading Chick Days, you will feel confident in your ability to do just that. This book is pure poultry bliss for a beginner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Claus on February 4, 2012
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When I bought this book a year ago, I was desperate for chickens but stuck in a place where they are illegal. I never expected it to be anything more than good daydream material.

But six months ago, we moved and I got my first 5 chickens. Having poured over this book already, I had zero questions for the feed store employees (though I will say they told us what size fount and feeder five chickens would need when they outgrew their chick fount and feeder). Later, they told us to go ahead and keep giving them the chick feed until we ran out (the 25 pound bag lasted almost 12 weeks) rather than switching to grow mash in week 5 as the book suggested.

When a book costs as much as a 50 pound bag of feed, I didn't want to buy more chicken raising books unless I needed them. So, can you make it to six months on just this book, as the title suggests? The short answer is yes, you absolutely can. In full disclosure, I should say I had bought Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World at about the same time and they have a chapter on building chicken coops with some tidbits about chickens in general. I'm sure I absorbed some information from that.

This book is deceptively light. It isn't very thick and graphics eat up a lot of space. You've read the whole thing before you know it. And yet, if there is information that other books have that Jenna didn't include, I can only say I must not have needed it (the three pieces of information that I've since seen in other books are: you can freeze excess eggs, laying hens will crouch when you approach them as though you are an amorous rooster, and how to trim flight feathers).
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