I was seven when we got our first chickens. My family renovated an old building on our 1.3 acre lot and ordered 100 baby chicks to fill it. We bought the heat lamps, feeders and waterers. We built nesting boxes and roofs. We even built a fancy run to keep them contained and protected when we weren’t home. To this day, I have never seen chickens who live with more luxury.
We were beginners, no doubt.
My parents had been gardening for years, but animals were new to us. We all read books and prepared and I’d have to say that other than going a little overboard with the chicken house we did really well. Within weeks we were selling eggs and harvesting our first meat birds!
That’s the thing about raising chickens. Even a beginner can do it. It’s not hard.
What is hard is knowing what to do, how much money to spend and what the chickens actually need. So many of the books available on the farm store shelves are more like science text books than beginner how-to guides. They can leave you feeling really intimidated, or so over-educated that you spend more than you need to.
Ready to Start Raising Your Own Chickens?
When Heather of The Homesteading Hippy asked me to preview and later review her new ebook, The Urban Chicken, I was delighted! Mostly because I’ve been there. I knew this was one area in which I could provide feedback to the author as well as agree and wholeheartedly promote the concept.
The Urban Chicken is a very easy read. Laced with humor and filled with wisdom, this quick read will leave you feeling like you really can do this. Chicken-raising can be fun and productive with very little space, money and time.
Heather’s book is well-illustrated with full color photos. The chapters are laid out very well, and she covers every topic from types of coops to how to cut and cook a freshly harvested bird. Culling, molting, broody hens, candling eggs… it’s all right there in an easy to grasp format that you’re going to love!!
Purchase The Urban Chicken for just $3.99!