A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted to review a new book on keeping chickens. Murray McMurray Hatchery has a book that will release later this month. Truthfully, I am surprised that it took a large hatchery this long to bring a book like this to market.
Murray McMurray Hatchery has been bringing chickens into people’s lives for over 100 years. They sell oodles of baby chicks and chicken keeping supplies every year. Immediately, I found the title catchy! I was intrigued. Like all introductory books, all aspects of getting started with backyard chickens are covered. It is an introductory book perfect for the beginner. Like all backyard chicken keepers, they too have their own style in raising chickens that they suggest in the book. I especially could not help smile, when I read the section when they called watching backyard chickens, Chicken T.V. I did a post titled, Chicken T.V, on just that subject back in 2011!
What I love about the book is:
It has lovely abundant illustrations.
It is simply written and anyone can pick up this book and feel confident in starting out with chickens.
It is thorough and concise.
They are sharing their own techniques on raising chicks.
They stress the ease and minimal time requirement to keep a flock.
They keep things uncomplicated.
I can say that most of the book runs parallel to what I recommend to fellow chicken keepers and other times, suggests different techniques that are effective but that I do not feel are are not always necessary, such as adding sugar and Quik Chik (a product exclusive to their hatchery) to chick’s drinking supply or trimming a chicken’s beak to deal with pecking.
Overall, it is a nice addition to add to one’s chicken keeping library. It is also another wonderful place to start out for beginners. Of course, once you do get chickens I think you will find that you will find yourself wanting to spend more than 5 minutes a day with them.
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Chickens in Five Minutes a Day
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Fine Print: One comment per person. One winner will be randomly selected. This item will ship to a US address only. I was provided a complimentary copy for review, but the opinions shared in this post are my own. This giveaway ends on 5/13/13 at 12 noon EST.