Not just for Kids!

Have you read “A Kids Guide to Keeping Chickens” by Melissa Caughey – the author of Tillys Nest?

What are you waiting for?  It’s adorable.  Seriously.  I am by NO means a “kid” and I got a kick out of each and every informative page.  To say that I have “coop envy” is an understatement (see page 6) – it’s dreamy. 

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

And to be frank – I’m a tad bit biased when it comes to writing a review, giving my opinion and making sure everyone I know has a copy of her book, is reading it or has read it.  How could I not be, as Melissa and I have been long-distance chickens-lovin’ friends since early 2008. In chicken years, that’s almost a life time.

You most definitely do not need to be a kid to enjoy, learn and have your own copy to refer to. We’ve “eggs-perimented” too: the rubber egg being our all-time-favorite (at the Treats for Chickens office) and the Apple-Pecan Puffed Pancake taking the lead for a strong win at home (husband loves pancakes).

Uhm, YUMMY!

Uhm, YUMMY!

I’m not a newbie to chickens and Melissa’s story line caught my attention – and kept it. From the uropygial gland (the WHAT gland?, pg 11) to Home is Where the Heart Is (I’ll be a chicken in my next life) to Handling, Training and Playing with Chickens – yes, yes – chickens make the best pets: treat them well and you’ve got a yard pal, the greatest poop for your garden projects and the freshest egg everything for years to come.

The world is just better with chickens.

The world is just better with chickens.

The backyard chicken movement is sure to skillfully progress now that the perfect “how-to” is in our capable hands.

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Dawn, Owner of Treats for Chickens

Perfect Addition for Your “Chicken-Keeping Library”

Just by looking at the cover, it is almost impossible for “A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens” by Melissa Caughey to not catch your eye.

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Click on the picture to get your book now!

Page after page after page is FILLED with all sorts of colorful pictures, funky designs, and informative material. The entire book is not “over-the-top” difficult to read and understand either, no crazy chicken terms thrown in there. And if there are, Melissa explains in detail what it means. Which was very helpful for me, because I am not a “chicken expert”. I know the basics, but this book definitely made me feel so much more confident. Which is why I say this next: although this book would be perfect for a child who is just stepping into the world of raising chickens, it is ideal for those who also want to become educated in every aspect involving how to care for your flock. This book covers the entire lifespan, from chick to hen/rooster, and what to expect during this beautiful, frustrating (at times), and amazing process. Not only does this book contain educational information, but also has tons of fun recipes, crafty ideas, interviews with chicken keepers, and even a poster at the end to fill out!

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This is my boss’s poster. Pretty cute, huh?

There was not one page that I did not enjoy. I found myself flipping through the pages so fast, that before I knew it, I reached the end! I genuinely felt the love and joy Melissa feels about chickens when she was writing this book. This was a great read, highly recommended, and I will definitely be reading it again. Thanks Melissa! 

Jessica B., Project Manager, Treats for Chickens

Time to “Eggsperiment”

I swear, I am loving this book Melissa Caughey from Tilly’s Nest just came out with! A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is a fun and creative read to educate yourself and your family about chickens and the do’s and don’ts that come with the fun and loving (sometimes mischievous) birds. The book also has some really cool recipes, fun facts, and eggsperiments! experiment_7 Page 69 is where I stumbled upon a pretty scientific-y, weird project titled “Rubber Eggs”. Has anybody heard of this? Also called “Naked Eggs” or “Shell-less Eggs”. What you do is place a regular egg from your hen in a cup of white vinegar. Within a few days, the vinegar will deplete the shell of calcium. And voila! You have got yourself a rubber egg. Curious of how it works? So was I, so I did some research and this is what I found.. According to Steve Spangler Science, egg shells are made up of calcium carbonate and when the vinegar reacts with this chemical compound, it basically separates the two into individual chemicals. Still with me? Okay, so the calcium part of the compound floats around in the vinegar while the carbonate part reacts to form the bubbles you see forming on the egg (which is considered carbon dioxide gas). IMG_5948

The carbon dioxide gas is what basically eats away at the shell of calcium protecting the egg, and before you know it, your shell is gone. And a rubber egg has taken it’s place. Science is pretty darn cool if you ask me.

I’m going to take my own stab at this over the weekend.  Anyone want to join me?

Updates and fun photos will follow. Join me!

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From Chick to Chicken

Has anybody else been reading Melissa Caughey’s new book A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens? I only know the few basics of chickens, so my boss Dawn (also the owner of Treats for Chickens) suggested that I give this read a try. And boy, let me tell you, I am learning so much! I am becoming educated in areas I never knew existed. As you all may hopefully already know, we recently purchased baby chicks. So all of Chapter 4 (From Chick to Chicken) just happens to be my favorite part so far. Our chicks are 2 weeks old right now, which is considered the “middle schooler” stage.

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 Here are our girls starting to perch in their brooder. In one picture, just hanging out overseeing everybody else, and within a second, there she goes! Off to try and escape. Our chicks are so spunky and happy, I love it!

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As you can see, all 9 of our chicks are starting to get their tail feathers and wing feathers! Gosh, they grow so fast. They are only two weeks old!

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Even one of our chicks is starting to grow her comb! I couldn’t believe it when I saw this. I had to capture a picture. I mean, two weeks old, and already growing a comb?! Is this normal? Again, I don’t know much about chickens, so this definitely shocked me..

The next step according to Melissa’s book is the teenager stage! They seem to look so awkward and scrawny at this point. We have about another week or so until they graduate from a middle schooler to a teenager! I still cannot believe it was only two Sunday’s ago we picked these girls up from the local feed store.. Anywho, thanks for checkin’ up on the update of our chicks! Click here if you want to get your own copy of A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens from our online store. I definitely recommend it to people of all ages, it is a very good read. That’s it for now, I’m flying the coop!