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A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Best Breeds, Creating a Home, Care and Handling, Outdoor Fun, Crafts and Treats Paperback – March 10, 2015
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“This book is a must have for families getting started with their first flock. Full of colorful ideas such as crafts and recipes for your ladies, it also covers the essential how-to's of raising chickens that everyone can learn from.”
—Jessi Bloom, author of Free Range Chicken Gardens
“This colorful book is bursting with kid’s energy and enthusiasm while delivering all the basics in brief, easily digested segments.”
— Backyard Poultry
“One of the most well-rounded and eye-catching guides to raising chickens I’ve seen.”
— Austin American Statesman
“Dogs? Cats? Goldfish? Gerbils? So old school. Caughey explains how to a child's love of animals into a different type of pet experience, one with fresh eggs."
— The Morning Call
"Fun, fascinating and full of practical tips for keeping chickens, A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is a must-have for anyone interested in starting a flock to call their own.
— HGTV Gardens
From the Back Cover
Whether you have chickens already or are thinking of getting them, this is the book for you! Chickens can be great pets with big personalities and, to top it off, they provide fresh eggs for your table. This book will tell you all you need to know about keeping a flock healthy and happy. You'll learn how to feed, house, and take care of them and, of course, how to have fun with them, too.
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Top Customer Reviews
That being said -- if you do have kids - this book is a must - especially if your kids can read it prior to the first chicks moving in. They will have a blast treating their flock. More importantly, they will learn all about hens - from their anatomy to proper feeding and care. There are crafts and recipes for kids to do too.
A delightful book - great information - vibrant photos - as the host of the internet based Chicken Show - this book is one of my favorites for all round chicken care for those of us who consider chickens pets. Love, love, love it.
The book would be useful for an adult who was thinking of keeping chickens for the first time, or at least the first time in many years.
Nothing at all in the book was there about raising chickens for meat. A suggestion was made to possibly give a chicken which the child could not raise or keep to a farmer.
It has great ideas for crafts and snacks for the chickens, as well as useful information for taking care of them. It also gives some good information on what breeds you might be interested in.
I follow the author's Facebook page and blog too. :-)
Full color photography & lively illustrations throughout make this a title both educational and easy to use. Great detail on everything from choosing the best types of chickens, creating a safe coop, how to care and feed your chickens, and how to safely handle and train your chickens (yes, it can be done!). Information on how to start composting, how to plan and plant a chicken friendly garden for free ranging, and even diagrams of a chicken’s digestive system. And young chicken keepers have contributed to the title in a Q&A piece found throughout the book called, “Why I Love Chickens.” Kids will enjoy reading what their peers enjoy about keeping chickens.
Caughey also includes recipes and craft projects to round out the book for librarians and teachers alike. This title is certain to please the farm to table crowd eager to start their own flocks, famers’ market shoppers, 4-H Clubs and even homeschoolers looking to add science and home economics to their children’s studies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book. It is full of important information but it is easy to read, has great photographs and it is a great addition to my school library!Published 16 days ago by Joan W. Williams
My 5 year old daughter and I loved reading through this book. Very informative. We are preparing ourselves to get chickens within the next couple of years and will be referring to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dacia
I picked this book up from my library and instantly fell in love with it. I'm starting a flock this spring and have a daughter so I wanted to make sure I knew everything I could... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Got this as a gift for my kids for Christmas. I've skimmed through the book and like it myself. I've read a lot of books and websites on chickens recently and I was surprised to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dana
I bought this for my 11 year old daughter because we have a few chickens. She loves it! She's referred to it many times!Published 3 months ago by Sharla
Fun book, bought it for my granddaughter but finding I read it as often. Use it as a guide in addition to other references for my new hobby, chicken keeping.Published 4 months ago by Janice M Garcia