Storey Publishing, makers of so many excellent handbooks about farm animals, invited me to be part of their “blog tour” for The Chicken Encyclopedia, a new book by Gail Damerow. It’s hard to turn down a chicken book. I have a number of Storey books, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, also by Damerow. They’re all indispensable on their given topic, and The Chicken Encyclopedia lives up to the Storey name.
Even if you already have a chicken book or ten, this one makes a great companion to other books on chickens because of its format. It’s set up as an A to Z resource, so when you need to know something fast, it’s easy to find, and useful for both the beginner and the experienced chicken owner. (There are also lots of pictures.) I wish I’d had it when I was trying to figure out what was going on with the Crooked Little Hen. Go to the “Cs” and look up crossed beak. Aside from being able to quickly find what you’re looking for, it’s fun to thumb through and find out what you’d never think to ask. Ever heard of a roach back chicken? That’s a chicken with a hump! Like, the Hunchback of Notre Coop! Or what’s a wind egg? (A small, yolkless egg. Also called a fart egg. Ick.) What’s pearl-eyed? (Creamy white or bluish-gray eyes, characteristic of Aseel, Cornish, Malay, and Shamo chickens. Sounds creepy. I haven’t even heard of any of those breeds other than Cornish!)
The Crooked Little Hen, by the way, is doing well. She will be celebrating her fourth birthday this spring, which just goes to show a crossed beak chicken can get along just fine. While I wouldn’t want to hatch chicks from her–the condition is genetic in most cases–she lays quite lovely blue eggs and has a ton of personality. She’s one of my favorite chickens.
If you missed my stories about the Crooked Little Hen, you can find a couple of my favorites here:
The Crooked Little Hen Saves the Day
A Crooked Little Hen Love Story
Storey not only gave me a copy of the book, but they are offering a copy of The Chicken Encyclopedia to one of you as well, so please see the giveaway info at the bottom of the post to enter here. You can also find the entire tour (with giveaways on each day) at the following places:
March 2 — For the Love of Chickens
March 3 — Vintage Garden Gal
March 4 — The Garden Roof Coop
March 5 — Common Weeder
March 6 — Here!
March 7 — Garden Rant
March 8 — Fresh Eggs Daily
March 9 — My Pet Chicken Blog
March 10 — Coop Thoughts
March 11 — BoHo Farm and Home
March 12 — Happy Chickens Lay Healthy Eggs
March 13 — A Charlotte Garden
March 14 — Farm Fresh Fun
March 15 — The HenCam
March 16 — Life on a Southern Farm
March 17 — ADozenGirlz, the Chicken Chick
March 18 — North Coast Gardening
For a chance to win a copy here: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a copy of The Chicken Encyclopedia by Gail Damerow. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (March 6). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (March 7). You must return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn.
Per Storey’s request, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
UPDATE 03/07/12: The winning comment number, drawn by random.org, is comment #150, FreedomValleyFarm. Email me at [email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED TO ENTRY.