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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Chicken Book I'll Buy

Okay- I've decided that chickens are in our future, particularly because as I keep talking about chickens, Steve is becoming more and more receptive to the idea.  Neither of us are kidding ourselves that we're going to save money on eggs this way.  And today, on our walk, we discovered another backyard with chickens in it.

I've borrowed a few books from the library, and my favorite is The Joy of Keeping Chickens- The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry For Fun Or Profit, by Jennifer Megyesi.  Copyrighted in 2009, the information is timely and relevant, and it's obvious that even though she raises meat chickens, she cares very deeply about their welfare.  I also really enjoyed the prose with which she opened every chapter.  The real kicker for me with this book, however, is that after reading it, I feel confident enough to try my hand at raising chickens.

The plan is still to wait until next year to do it- that and bees have to wait a year, because I'm still getting my garden and orchard together and I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.  I'm so behind as it is.  But chickens are definitely in the future, I'm sure of it.


Miriam said...

Yay! Chickens! How wonderful. We have used a couple of different books as references, primarily "Barnyard in the Backyard" by Gail Damerow, and "The Encyclopedia of Country Living" by Carla Emery. We also bought a more mainstream book on raising poultry, thinking that even if there wasn't a lot about raising chickens organically, we would learn about chicken biology and egg production and things like that. But it turns out to be way too chicken-factory-like for our tastes or consciences. I think we'll end up mainly using our neighbour Nick as our resident tutor on things chicken related.

And bees! We thought we would have bees, too, but our property is in a little valley, and we have been told bees like their hives on at least a little hill. So no bees for us.

What wonderful plans to be making!

Toni aka irishlas said...

Glad to hear this, Paula. You'll never regret it. Trust me, they really are easy and you don't have to rise as early as you think.
How are all the trees you planted? I was reading about pruning fruit trees last night in John Seymour's book The Self Sufficient Life. You know, it's always a learning process, isn't it?

Paula said...

Miriam- so make a little hill! Just make sure it gets sunshine in the winter. I think that I will use a top bar hive, primarily because I can make it myself, and it seems to be pretty fuss-free. I believe the book that tells all is call Natural Beekeeping. I wouldn't give up on beekeeping without at least trying, and your garden needs it.

Toni- only the cherries and hazelnuts are breaking bud- everything else is still dormant. Which might be a good thing- I think I need to move four of the apples a little further away from their twins. Having them still dormant is a good thing in that case.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, this is good news! You're going to have so much fun. Every day will feel like Christmas and Easter once your girls start laying. :-)