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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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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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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 (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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By Deb T on January 29, 2012
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I love this book! I got my first chicks last spring and this book covered just about everything I needed to know on how to take care of them. The book has lots of beautiful pictures charting the growth of chicks, setting up housing for them, what to watch out for, what to expect, information about eggs, feather patterns, the sounds they make and even some chicken-related music. If you're looking for dry textbook information on chickens, this is not for you. It's beautiful, informative and entertaining. Highly recommended for a first time chicken owner.
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I felt cheated, the information I really wanted was not in the book. I read several reviews on many books, and thought this was the one, it was highly reviewed. The story is cute and pictures are great. I realized I was seeking more detailed information, having a flock of 25. I am new to farm life, and want to have healthy animals. The new book I purchased has given me the information I was seeking. This book is great if you have a few birds. If you have more than a few birds and want to raise good egg layers, I recommend researching additional books.
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