Chicken Keeping Pure and Simple

A Fun, Friendly Guide to Backyard Chicken Keeping

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Pub Date 30 May 2023 | Archive Date 09 May 2023

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Get started keeping chickens in your own backyard with this down-to-earth guide by popular chicken-fluencer Nikki Husted (@purelychickens).

Keeping chickens can look almost glamorous online. It’s all beautiful chickens, cute baby chicks, and coops that look nice enough to spend the night in. The reality is that keeping chickens is rewarding—but also a lot of work and, well, poop cleanup. If you follow her online, you already know that Nikki shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of this popular hobby. In her first book, she remains unfiltered while she shares the essential techniques and helpful stories from her own experience with backyard chickens. That’s right: you can learn from her own successes and mistakes! Chicken Keeping Pure and Simple addresses: 
  • Where to start: What are the rules for keeping chickens in your area? What do you need to get started? How many chickens do you need? (Be wary of chicken math!) And more considerations to both stoke and temper your excitement.
  • Giving chickens what they need: There are serious things you should consider before you start raising your chickens, from monthly costs to time requirements. Do you have what it takes?
  • Eggs, chicks, pullets, and hens Deciding between eggs, chicks, pullets, or hens as your starting point is about more than just cute baby chicks (though don’t we all love cute baby chicks?).
  • The bonding process: Learn how to raise your chickens and integrate them with your family, including kids!
  • What to do with all the eggs: A handful of recipes for making the most of your bounty, including water glass eggs, pickled eggs, and a few family favorites for breakfast and dinner.
  • All about the coop: How to set up and maintain a coop, including the process of cleaning.   
  • Medical needs: Dealing with common injuries, common pests/parasites, and advice from a vet. 

With instructive photos and helpful tips throughout, this is the perfect book whether you’re just getting started with chickens or still dreaming of your first flock!
Get started keeping chickens in your own backyard with this down-to-earth guide by popular chicken-fluencer Nikki Husted (@purelychickens).

Keeping chickens can look almost glamorous online. It’s all...

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This was an easy to understand and comprehensive guide to caring for, and raising your own pet chickens. It had information on everything from common injuries, to coop living conditions. It showed chicken care from chicks, all the way to elderly chickens. It even included some recipes for ways to best use your eggs.

I would highly recommend this book to all who are considering getting pet chickens, or even for people like me, who just think chickens are really neat.

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This is a very informative book. I think both novice and advanced chicken owners will find valuable information in this book. I have owned chickens for the last ten years and I found several valuable pieces of information. I enjoyed all the beautiful pictures. Seeing all of the different chickens and coops was great.

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Very well written and informative. Any chicken owner, beginner or advanced, could benefit from this book. Tons of great pictures and advice

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This book is an excellent place to start if you are considering raising chickens. It answers many questions you will have and answers some you probably haven’t thought of asking.
It’s plainly written and has excellent pictures. I had never heard of some of the types shown.
Ms. Husted explains how it’s possible to make it a family project as well as a money maker/saver.
I requested and received a NetGalley gratis, am reviewing in the same, and highly recommend it for answers to see if raising chickens is right for you.

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