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Gardening With Chickens - Tips & Tricks to Grow with Success

Chickens!!! Oh, how I love them. I challenge anyone to feed chickens and still have a bad day. They love leafy greens, berries, and grapes. And they are so grateful! They are a joy to visit and a joy to keep.

I grew up with chickens and have been stalking every flock within a 5 mile radius of my home. I've been in chicken factories (HORRID), egg processing plants, hatcheries, and have seen every type of home set-up (from mostly confined to full out wild.)

There is an absolute beauty to a flock that is well tended and loved. The birds are happy, healthy, and strong. They also produce much better food products for us!!

As an adult, I am still waiting to have my own. We recently bought a large farm, but will be using it for research/consulting purposes and not living there. That means no chickens. But....

That doesn't stop me from reading about them and planning to have them in the future. I received Gardening with Chickens for review last month and it has brought a lot of happiness to my winter.

I'll admit I had a hard time reading any of the words. Not because it wasn't well written, but because the chicken and garden pictures were so amazing.

Most of the pictures featured chickens - in all their fluffy glory, and some showcased the greenery (with chickens peeking behind the corner or toddling along behind the gardener - love it!)

The information contained in the book was useful and comprehensive, but not in a how-to guide/encyclopedia sort of way. A nice friend-to-friend guide - conversational, and fun to read. Plus chickens!!!

I only own one small shelf of books, preferring to read a book and give it away immediately - but I am keeping this one. I'll keep it out on my coffee table - to lure unsuspecting guests into discussing chickens and to sneak a peek at the chickens inside to imagine the possibilities.

This is a big deal.


Books must have amazing content/photos or be insanely useful (like The Intelligent Gardener, The Forager's Harvest or Convict Conditioning) to land a spot on my bookshelf or table space. If you have a fondness for chickens, then I suggest you look into this book. It will help you integrate chickens into your gardening - for your health and theirs! And it doubles as great home decor and a conversation piece.

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  1. Oh my goodness! I am so sorry that I am just seeing this review. I'm flattered. Really and truly. Thanks so much. I am so happy that you enjoyed my book - I sure had a blast writing it and I agree, the photography that both Darlene here in Maine and Kate out in California managed to produce was astounding!

    You might be interested in my new book Let's Hatch Chicks! coming out in January. Give me a shout if you would like a review copy.

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