Say you are itching to get started with chickens but are super strapped on time to research or you are utterly overwhelmed on the massive amount of info out there. You simply want the nuts and bolts on how to raise chickens au naturel from a trusted expert so you can get going on your first flock. Proven Techniques For Keeping Healthy Chickens by Carissa Bonham of Creative Green Living is the book for you.
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This straightforward resource lays out chicken keeping know-how in such a simple and actionable way, you’ll be grateful to have it at your fingertips when all you’ve got is a short amount of free time per day. The book is set up much like a daily devotional, where you can read anywhere from one to a few of Carissa’s tips at a pop, and then let the golden nugget of info she imparts sink in throughout the day. That way you don’t get overwhelmed with information as a beginner. Let’s face it, some of the blog posts you read on keeping backyard chickens can make your eyes gloss over (guilty!), but not Carissa’s book. It streamlines chicken keeping in a way that is accessible and fun for the aspiring or beginner chicken tender.
I consider myself an expert chicken keeper at this point, but there were some tips in this book that hit me out of left field. One of the highlights for me was how to make feeding time much more interesting for the birds, which becomes a crucial thing to do in the winter when the snow keeps them cooped up. You want feeding to be interactive for the birds because it’s a form of play for them and keeps them occupied when they can’t scratch around outside. Carissa hilariously calls them “snacktivities” and I cannot wait to implement them come November when we move the birds off pasture and back into the barn.
The chicken feed fermentation tips were spot on too! I spend so much on feed for our flocks and haven't found an effective and uncomplicated way to get a good fermentation system together to do it regularly. Carissa totally solved that problem for me with her thoughtful tips.
While I don’t have any farm kiddos yet, I especially loved the ideas Carissa shared on how to get your kids involved with chicken keeping. I dream of having a farm loving mini-me running around someday, but I know the reality is kids will be their own people with their own likes and dislikes. Carissa offers such great ways to encourage your kids to take ownership and responsibility for the chickens, I loved it and will file it away for future use.
Proven Techniques For Keeping Healthy Chickens also troubleshoots a lot of strange chicken behavior you will encounter with your first flock, nixing the massive amounts of research you’d inevitably end up doing to understand their quirks. While there’s not always an explanation, there usually is a solution. In particular, I remember wondering why my chickens were so afraid of the dark when I got started - I felt terrible leaving them at night! Carissa offers up some quick fixes that will calm your mind and quell your birds’ fears.
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