Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts These Books Are For You

April 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

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For full disclosure, I live in a high-rise and am not an urban chicken keeper. However, when a request to write a post on these books came across my desk, being an appreciator of locally laid eggs and a lover of books and thinking that among the Beet community are chicken keepers, I said send me a copy.

You can find a lot of information and an active community on the Chicago Chicken Enthusiast facebook page. The Garfield Park Conservatory (it is their picture above) holds classes on chicken keeping and they have one scheduled for this Saturday May 2 on Chicken Health. Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Advocates For Urban Agriculture are other resources for chicken enthusiasts.

Part of the nature of communities is to share information on a one on one basis and I presume this is how chicken keeping has grown in Chicago. However, these two books offer a ton of information if you were not aware of them.  The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver – 100 Common Problems Explored and Explained by Chris Graham and published by Quarry Books is an FAQ on raising chickens. It is broken down into sections of questions: food and water, housing, chicken runs, rodents and other pests, parasites, health issues, egg production, incubation, rearing, behavioral problems. This book was just published in February 2015, has a wealth of tidbits and helpful hints and is layed out in a very practical way, problem and solution.

How To Build Chicken Coops- Everything You Need to Know by Samantha Johnson and Daniel Johnson and published by Voyageur Press is how to build a chicken coop and more, chicken trivia such as ” How many chickens are there in the world? There are more chickens than people-some sources say over 20 billion chickens worldwide” and “chicken lingo, what is a cockerel? A young male chicken.” It is so easy to click away and find information online but both these books are resource type books, visually interesting and can be shared and used over and over again.

There was an egg seller from Minnesota at the Good Food Festival called Locally Laid Eggs. Hopefully, awareness of these books, may help some of you Chicago Chicken enthusiasts, so we can have more locally laid eggs here in the city.