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Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock Hardcover – Apr 6 2010

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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594908
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Urban chicken keepers are flocking to this comprehensive (and pretty!) guide by Ashley English, a popular blogger and proponent of sustainable living. Chapters in Keeping Chickens with Ashley English cover everything from selecting the perfect breed for your space and geography to cooking with eggs...It even includes plans to build a mobile coop.” – Better Homes & Gardens
"An excellent, straightforward how-to book for those who wish to have a solid understanding of what it takes to raise chickens successfully for egg production.” – Library Journal
"Addresses all the really important things you need to know to get started with poultry...If you are just starting out and you want to select the right breed, Keeping Chickens provides plenty of information to help you make the right choice. There's a plan for a chicken tractor, plans for nesting boxes, and photos of Ashley's coop along with some others. Feed is explained, broodiness in chickens, and poultry health.” – Homestead Revival
“Ashley English is the how-to voice of a new DIY movement.” - Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, founders of Homegrown Evolution and authors of The Urban Homestead
"An approach to urban homesteading that inspires both action and admiration.” – Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
"The Homemade Living series is beautiful, in both aesthetics and intention. A friendly introduction to simpler living that people in barns and brownstones alike can appreciate.” – Jenna Woginrich, author of Made from Scratch and blogger for Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post
"Beautifully designed and laid out with lush, full-color photographs and illustrations. Ashley knows her stuff and you will too after reading her books.” - Mother Nature Network
“What I love most about this series is how Ashley presents all of these could-be-complicated subjects in a way that's achievable and encouraging. It all feels totally doable...not to mention fun and fresh in the way she shares it all.” - Amanda Soule, Author of The Creative Family and Handmade Home, Founder of the popular blog Soule Mama
“Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list!...Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.” -Re-Nest

About the Author

Ashley English has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. She is a member of Slow Food USA. She has a popular clip on YouTube (http://tiny.cc/FvOH1) and is a regular contributor to the popular blog Design*Sponge (with 70,000 regular readers).

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Format: Hardcover
Great book, has all the info a beginner would need, and gives a comprehensive guide to the decision-making process involved in deciding whether "Keeping Chickens" is right for you.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f43de28) out of 5 stars 78 reviews
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f379888) out of 5 stars Very Helpful for new keepers March 23 2010
By Tony R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My wife and I bought this book after we decided to raise chickens in our urban backyard. Thankful the book came before we picked our chicks up because we quickly realized that we were over our heads. We were lucky enough to get a pre-ordered copy of the book and now we both feel confident in our chicken raising abilities. I would have been lost without this guide.

The book is very well written with lots of colorful pictures to make things clearer. There is so much useful information in this book and thankfully it is all presented in a very orginized manor that flows and is easy to follow. We read the book cover to cover and are now using it as a reference guide when we need to doulbe check something.

This is money well spent! If you are going to keep a small flock of backyard chickens, you should buy this book.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f379ad4) out of 5 stars Video Review April 26 2010
By BeachBrights - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to Martha Stewart, I thought owning chickens would be glamourous. Thank goodness I read Ashley English's Keeping Chickens. This book keeps it real. I found the information included in this book to be incredibly resourceful, informative and actually a delight to read. I found myself on several occasions spouting off facts to my husband in amazement (Did you know that cannibalism is common among chickens??). I also loved that in the midst of all the instruction & supply lists are these great human interest stories: Portraits of a Chicken Owner.

This book covers all details of keeping chickens under these main subject chapters: What to Consider, Selecting a Breed, Obtaining Chickens, Housing, Feeding, Hatching Eggs, Raising Chicks, Health & Wellness, Eggs and Recipes.

I honestly can not say enough about this book and how well written it is. If you are considering chickens then you must read this book!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f379d14) out of 5 stars Excellent Book And Series! April 18 2010
By Robyn R. Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am writing to share my review of Keeping Chickens, by Ashley English. I LOVE this book! I grew up around chickens and loved gathering eggs when I was younger. When I moved away from the ranch, the last thing on my mind was someday having a place of my own and keeping a flock. Funny how things change.............My husband and I raise our own beef cattle. We have kids, horses, dogs and we just got baby chicks! I haven't been this excited in a long time. Though I grew up around chickens and learned a great deal from my granmother, I have forgotten a lot of that knowledge over the years. I'd been following Ashley's amazing blog and when I saw the title for this book, I knew instantly it was one that I wanted to purchase. I am an avid reader and enjoy the research process. I wanted to be well informed about what I was getting into. That said, I also love great pictures and photography! Ashley's book is spot on. It is artistic, informative and a very down-to-earth guide on getting started with chickens.

The book offers a well written,concise account with pictures that deeply enhance the subject. Chapters inclue What to Consider, Selecting a Breed, Obtaining Chickens, Housing, Feeding, Hatching Eggs, Raising Chicks, Health and Wellness, Eggs, and my favorite........Recipes! Ashley has done her research and is obviously passionate about chickens.

And there's more! Ashley is authoring the Homemade Living series which includes Canning and Preserving. I own that one too! These books are great resources for those just getting started or like me, returning to their roots. I'll be recommending these books to clients, students and blog readers who are interested in learning about and living a fantastic farm-based lifestyle! Way to go Ashley, you've done a terrific job! Robyn Johnston [...]
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f379eb8) out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Highly Recommended Sept. 23 2010
By Handcrafted - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We manufacture and sell handcrafted portable chicken coops at [...]
We get many emails each week from visitors asking for advice on keeping a healthy flock of backyard chickens.
We recommend this book to all of our customers as it covers everything from basics to in-depth advice on every aspect of keeping chickens.
The book is beautifully designed and written by Ashley English, a well known blogger and homesteader.
We keep a copy handy for our own use whenever a tricky chicken scenario presents itself.
42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f37c2a0) out of 5 stars Good but compared to the Dummies book too highly rated. Sept. 15 2010
By Mike in Ripley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My wife and I are new to raising chickens so were looking for lots of information and that is why we bought this book. This book was highly recommended to me by a company who supplies chicken supplies and after reading the other very highly rated recommendations on this website we were expecting so much more out of this book. Perhaps our expectations were too high. We had just read "Raising Chickens for Dummies" by Willis & Ludlow and I highly recommend that book because it gives you so much more information than this book. This book is well written and easy to read and does provide the story of one person's experiences and learnings and photographs which are missing from the Dummies book. So is helpful to see what someone else went through but we were looking for lots of comprehensive information and more than we had obtained from the cheaper Dummies book and we did not get that. Perhaps it reinforced what we had already learned and was a good story but if someone were to only going to buy one book I would buy the Dummies book. I would say this is a good supplemental book to the Dummies book and is interesting reading but if you are looking for a whole lot of information I would recommend the Dummies book over this one.