Giveaway: Chickens in Five Minutes a Day

May 8, 2013
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.


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34 thoughts on “Giveaway: Chickens in Five Minutes a Day”

  1. What an amazing book. I was looking into doing chicken here for the eggs and companionship (as I know my mother has chickens who cuddle!!), but I have a demanding job, two dogs, a child, etc… I would love to see this book and see what it offers me to help me get going. With a lot of helath issues (FMS, chronic gastritis, suspected lupus, etc.) I am trying to eat cleaner and cleaner.. organic, butter oil, etc. … but eggs here are hard to come by.. a 5 minute flock would ease that considerably and may even help me earn a little extra selling eggs to my neighbors… Thank you for the chance! I love your blog and if you say this book looks good, then I'm in for a penny, a pound and a flock!

  2. Sounds like a good read. We're getting started with a small flock this year. My son is (for now) very excited and has asked multiple times if he can be the one responsible for getting the eggs. Of course I said yes. I can use all the help I can get.


  3. What a fabulous giveaway! I've been an email subscriber for a while now; love your blog! Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  4. I'm researching and working to get some chickens in my backyard next spring! would love to have this book as a resource! abimichle at gmail dot com

  5. I've had many chickens over the years but in my opinion the best chicks come from Murray McMurray. They grow into the nicest chickens. Some of the ones I have right now are from our Co-op and they aren't MM. Talk about weird, flighty, and just a bunch of real chickens about everything. I like calm birds that don't freak out when you try to go in their pen, so I've learned my lesson, back to MM I go. Maybe the book would help me figure out how to lead a bird therapy session and restore order in the pen.

  6. I love learning about shortcuts so I have more time to spend enjoying the girls and all my other outdoor passions! I already follow you on Facebook and follow your blog. Linda email:

  7. I love chickens! We had them the whole time I was growing up and as soon as I have a backyard (stinkin' apartment!) then I am getting a few of my own… I realized when reading the post that my mom is the expert so I need to brush up on my chicken knowledge! Thanks for the giveaway! emwalrath @ gmail (dot) com

  8. My mom and grandma both had chickens when we were growing up, so when my 8yr old son asked if we could get some chicks from TSC this spring, I agreed that this would be a good experience for us both. This book would be a great "hands on" reference for us. We have enjoyed reading your websites tips/ideas and also looking at your posts of other coop ideas from around the country. Thanks for considering us for this book.

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