The Working Chicken: Happy and Healthy

The Working Chicken

Book Description

A short, sweet, and self-sufficient guide to keeping chickens as part of a rural or urban homestead. 

Learn everything you need to know to get started on your poultry adventure with these quick answers to your frequently asked questions. The Working Chicken begins by helping you choose the perfect flock for your family, then explains how to feed and house your new pets. Finally, the book's permaculture twist ensures that your chickens will not only be happy and healthy, they'll also keep your family healthy too. 

Friday #56

Although mash can get lost in the grass and require you to buy more feeding pellets, some people believe that hunting mash in the grass gives chickens something to do and cuts down on pecking.

The Working Chicken: Learn everything you need to know to become a backyard egg and meat producer in 30 minutes or less! 

 My Review

Relevant and useful guide to something you just might want to do someday. It's for the beginner rancher and the professional farmer. The author walks you through the steps of purchasing the best breeds. I've had chickens before when my children were young. What I especially like about the book is the section on how to keep chickens alive through the summer and winter months. The book is well organized, sharing information on how much space is required for chickens, along with maintaining a productive flock by culling old hens and extra roosters. I appreciate the knowledge and experience Anna has shared with us here.

4/5 stars.

About the Author

Anna Hess dreamed about moving back to the land ever since her parents dragged her off their family farm at the age of eight. She worked as a field biologist and nonprofit organizer before acquiring fifty-eight acres and a husband, then quit her job to homestead full time. She admits that real farm life involves a lot more hard work than her childhood memories entailed, but the reality is much more fulfilling and she loves pigging out on sun-warmed strawberries and experimenting with no-till gardening, mushroom propagation, and chicken pasturing.
She also enjoys writing about the adventures, both on her blog at, and in her books.  Her first paperback, The Weekend Homesteader, helped thousands of homesteaders-to-be find ways to fit their dreams into the hours leftover from a full-time job.  In addition, a heaping handful of ebooks on Amazon serve a similar purpose.

The Working Chicken: Learn everything you need to know to become a backyard egg and meat producer in 30 minutes or less!

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Meet Lindsey and read her great post,  Easiest Way to Raise Chicks: Find a Broody Hen

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