Chicken-Keeping Library: For Kids + Not Just For Kids - Treats for Chickens
What are you waiting for? It's adorable. Seriously. I am by NO means a "kid" and I got a kick out of each and every informative page. To say that I have "coop envy" is an understatement (see page 6) - it's dreamy.
Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.
And to be frank - I'm a tad bit biased when it comes to writing a review, giving my opinion and making sure everyone I know has a copy of her book, is reading it or has read it. How could I not be, as Melissa and I have been long-distance chickens-lovin' friends since early 2008. In chicken years, that's almost a life time.
You most definitely do not need to be a kid to enjoy, learn and have your own copy to refer to. We've "eggs-perimented" too: the rubber egg being our all-time-favorite (at the Treats for Chickens office) and the Apple-Pecan Puffed Pancake taking the lead for a strong win at home (husband loves pancakes).
I'm not a newbie to chickens and Melissa's story line caught my attention - and kept it. From the uropygial gland (the WHAT gland?, pg 11) to Home is Where the Heart Is (I'll be a chicken in my next life) to Handling, Training and Playing with Chickens - yes, yes - chickens make the best pets: treat them well and you've got a yard pal, the greatest poop for your garden projects and the freshest egg everything for years to come.
Page after page after page is FILLED with all sorts of colorful pictures, funky designs, and informative material. The entire book is not "over-the-top" difficult to read and understand either, no crazy chicken terms thrown in there. And if there are, Melissa explains in detail what it means. Which was very helpful for me, because I am not a "chicken expert". I know the basics, but this book definitely made me feel so much more confident.
Which is why I say this next: although this book would be perfect for a child who is just stepping into the world of raising chickens, it is ideal for those who also want to become educated in every aspect involving how to care for your flock. This book covers the entire lifespan, from chick to hen/rooster, and what to expect during this beautiful, frustrating (at times), and amazing process. Not only does this book contain educational information, but also has tons of fun recipes, crafty ideas, interviews with chicken keepers, and even a poster at the end to fill out!
This is my boss's poster. Pretty cute, huh?
There was not one page that I did not enjoy. I found myself flipping through the pages so fast, that before I knew it, I reached the end! I genuinely felt the love and joy Melissa feels about chickens when she was writing this book. This was a great read, highly recommended, and I will definitely be reading it again.
The world is just better with chickens.
The backyard chicken movement is sure to skillfully progress now that the perfect "how-to" is in our capable hands.
-Dawn, Treats for Chickens 🧡
Originally written in May 2015
Let's keep your flock happy + healthy!
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