Chicken-keeper extraordinaire, Janet Garman, knows her birds. There's a lot of animal knowledge tucked tightly under her belt. Janet not only holds a degree in animal science, but is a retired feed store owner, as well.
For this small business owner, baby chicken sales didn't end after the cash register drawer closed -- not by a long shot. Come spring every year Janet helped those purchasing chicks for the first time and would kindly share her chicken raising wisdom again, and again, and again.
So much so that she did what any smart, business-minded homesteader would do. She decided to make her first-hand, chicken-rearing advice available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year by writing a book especially for new chicken keepers.
Chickens from Scratch starts at the very beginning: where to purchase chicks; what you'll need what you'll need to set up a brooder box; which chicken breeds might suit you best. Following those topics is what to expect from your baby birds during the early days such as pecking each other and poopy butts. Janet talks about chicken growth, feather development, egg laying, nest boxes, and broodiness so that you'll know what to expect.
Introducing your growing flock to older chickens, basic food, water, and shelter, and molting (naked chickens) comes next. Chickens from Scratch touches on other questions about treats and supplements for your flock (including what not to feed them), as well as common ailments such as mites, bumblefoot, and predators. Janet also includes a first-aid supply list to keep around the barn.
Pick up Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Chickens from Scratch to Egg Laying and Beyond by Janet Garman the same day that you purchase your baby chicks. It doesn't claim to be a complete encyclopedia of chicken keeping. However, for anyone starting their first laying flock, Chickens from Scratch, is the guide you need to gain confidence and start your chicken-keeping journey.
You can follow Janet's homesteading adventures at her info-loaded website Timber Creek Farm.
Author: Janet Garman
Publisher: Author House; January, 2015
Pages: 80 pages
I was sent a copy of Chickens from Scratch for review purposes. However, all of the opinions written here are mine.