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Have you ever read a book that came at just the right time in your life? This happened when I recently read Janet Garmen’s new book “Chickens From Scratch”. I read the book in one sitting and by the end felt confident about raising our own new flock of chickens from the chick stage on up to adulthood!
For the last couple years I’ve been reading and researching about raising chickens. Our first step into raising chickens came when we bought our coop and flock of adult chickens from a family who was moving. After a few months we were feeling more confident about raising chickens and adopted four more adult hens. We’ve been talking for a while about branching out into raising some chickens for meat and the next generation of egg layers. The difference this time is that we want to raise these ones from chicks.
In preparation for raising baby chicks, this winter I began reading a myriad of articles on raising chicks. But the more I read, the more overwhelmed I became. Raising chicks is kind of like beekeeping, it seems everyone has a different opinion on how to do it!
Then I had the chance to read Janet Garmen’s book “Chickens From Scratch.” This book was amazing! It is an excellent beginner’s guide to raising chicks, with just enough information to give the newbie some confidence in doing it but not too much information as to overwhelm the beginners like myself!
There’s even a step by step explanation on how to clean a “pasty butt”. If you’ve never raised chicks before, you may have no idea what this means- and probably don’t want to! Since we ended up with over 30 baby chicks in the brooder this spring we had a couple who got the infamous pasty butt. I got out my book, followed Garmen’s instructions and cleaned those messy bums- I was so proud of myself!
Several times in the weeks since we brought home our baby chicks, I’ve consulted this book for advice. If you’re planning to raise chicks, I highly recommend picking up a copy of “Chickens From Scratch”. It was invaluable in helping us take on the adventure of raising a whole new flock of baby chicks-and saving a couple of them from an untimely death due to “pasty butt”!
Janet Garmen has graciously offered one lucky reader their choice of an ebook OR hard copy of her book, Chickens From Scratch. To enter to win, comment below and tell us why you want to win. The giveaway will end on May 5th. Good luck!
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