The first thing I did when I moved out into the country 17 years ago, was to build a small chicken coop.
Well, after I unpacked a hundred jillion boxes and explored every inch of our eight acres, that is. I had wanted to raise chickens since I was a little girl, and my Mom kept a few sweet bantam hens, though we did live in town. I saw how much fun they were, and how they enriched our lives. Having a flock of chickens looked like fun, and I wanted in on it! And so, as soon as I could, I had a flock of chickens of my own.
I've raised chickens of many breeds ever since. They are an integral part of our small farm. Not only do we enjoy the daily eggs, but I also appreciate the manure that the chickens bless us with, as I'm an enthusiastic four-season market gardener. Their coop bedding, mixed with their manure, enriches my garden and helps me keep my garden soil healthy and rich. I'm convinced that it makes my veggies taste better!
But if there's one thing I've learned about raising chickens (or any type of livestock) is that occasionally puzzling problems crop up, and there's no chicken-raising granny next door that I can call on for help and advice. I have books on chicken care, but they certainly don't cover every little thing.
So, years ago, I started writing down exciting tricks and tips that I was learning myself--chicken-raising hacks that I learned solely from raising a homestead flock myself. These weren't ideas that I culled from books, but life-changing tips that I learned from caring for my chickens day after day. You might say that the chickens themselves taught me these tricks, and you just might be spot-on about that.
So if you don't want to learn everything about raising chickens the hard way, benefit from my 17 years of experience and buy my ebook! It's full of pictures of my beautiful birds, my little coop and yard, and 105 tips that I've learned myself, the hard way!
Some of the unique hacks that you will find in my ebook, but nowhere else:
1. How to cut your feed costs and actually improve the nutrition of your flock at the same time! The one type of feed that makes up the bulk of my flock's diet, how I make it highly nutritious through one simple little trick, and where I find it. (Hint: it's super-cheap.)
2. What on earth do you do if your lovely hen gets an egg stuck in her . . . well . . . you know . . . ? An easy, non-invasive way to loosen a lodged egg, and save your hen's life! I learned it one Sunday afternoon in my chicken coop, with our egg-bound hen Marguerite. (She and I are still very close.)
3. Yikes!! Neighbor dogs! Opossums. Feral cats. Hawks!? What the heck--every critter in the neighborhood is going to want to munch on your chickens! How do you keep them safe and how do you catch the critters that are preying on your birds? Scads of strategies for keeping your flock safe, and one vital action that you need to take, that will make all the difference between your flock being available dinners for the wild critters.
4. Double the amount of eggs that your hens lay during the dark cold winter months, with this simple item that you can buy from the hardware store! And why I don't feel guilty about helping my hens avoid the winter molt!
5. How cleaning out your chicken coop bedding can tremendously increase the fertility of your garden soil! The simple, two-step method I use to ensure that my chicken coop bedding is a rich, valuable garden amendment (i.e. why my veggies taste better!).
6. The simple method you can use in your coop and yard that will guarantee a healthier flock and a more productive garden! And how to avoid the miserable mistakes I made, as a newbie, in coop and yard management!
So you have chickens or want to start your own flock, but you don't want to learn everything the hard way?
I wrote "Secret Chicken Knowledge: I'm Full of It!" for you, gentle reader and chicken-raiser. This ebook is the next-best thing to the chicken-raising grandma across the picket fence.
Wait a minute. I am the chicken-raising grandma across the picket fence. I write a blog, Vomitingchicken.com, in which I share the stories of my life as a market gardener, chicken keeper, permaculture grower, and more.
And no matter what I write about, I always come back to the chickens. Starting a flock of chickens was the first step I took in having a sustainable little farm. And it was the best thing that I could have started with.You can benefit from my 17 years of raising chickens and learning from them every day. Lucky you--you don't have to learn everything the hard way! Buy this ebook and take your chicken-raising knowledge to a new level. You'll save the cost of the book over and over again, just from using a few of the little tips that I shared with you.
Thank you, from the bottom of my chicken-raising heart!