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Keeping Chickens & Ceramic Eggs (Giveaway!!!)

I’m gearing up to teach another of my “Backyard Chickens” classes at our local community college, AB-Tech, tonight (there’s still a few spaces left, if any of you want to come!). Accordingly, I’ve got chickens on the brain.

This time of year is such a great time in the wide world of our fine feathered friends. Their plumage is nice and glossy, their combs and wattles are red and plump, they’re thrilled to be finding bugs available for the picking (pecking?), and some hens are going broody, ready to sit on a clutch of eggs. In short, the birds are living the good life!

When my flock is happy, I’m happy. As such, I’d like to offer one small measure reader a copy of my book, Keeping Chickens. I’m also including with the book a couple of brown ceramic eggs. More than simply decorative objects (if you’re into the whole poultry decor thing, that is), these eggs are incredibly handy to have around, for a variety of reasons.

Should you have a hen go broody, but don’t have a rooster in your flock (and therefore lack any fertile eggs), you can tuck these eggs under her. She can then continue to sit without doing so on eggs you’d rather be consuming yourself (that is, unless you want to discourage her broodiness, in which case you’ll need to block entry to the nesting box she’s been using).

These ceramic eggs can also be used should you ever have a problem with a member of your flock eating their own eggs. An attempted peck or two at the fake eggs is pretty much all it takes to discourage the nibbling interloper from continued action.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below. Be sure to leave a means of contacting you in your reply, either via your email address or through a link back to your own blog or website. I’ll run the giveaway through next Wednesday, April 18th, midnight EST. The giveaway is open to all residents of North America.

Whether you’re already a chicken tender(er), or hoping to get a wing up on the venture this year, here’s wishing you and your flock a world of food and fun!

UPDATE:The winner of my “Keeping Chickens” book and ceramic eggs giveaway is lucky #62, Sarah, of Frugal By Choice. Thank you so very much to everyone that entered, and props to you, Sarah!

170 Responses to Keeping Chickens & Ceramic Eggs (Giveaway!!!)

  • christina d says:

    Ohhhhh! I would love to win both your fabulous book and the ceramic eggs! We are getting 3 hens (1 blue cochin & 2 easter eggers) at the end of May to start our backyard chicken adventures in our teeny-tiny townhome backyard! I have already seen pictures of my ladies (& men, as its pictures of hatched chicks!!!). My 3 year old son & I have already picked out names: Pearl, Lucy & Alice.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway Ashley!

  • Elaine says:

    I'm so hoping to add chickens this year!Just have to get the coop built:))

  • sarah says:

    I would love to win this! I had your book from the library when we got our first batch of chicks last spring, and have requested it a couple more times since! Our 4 laying hens and the 8 new chicks in the brooder would appreciate my being able to refer to it without the aid of inter-library-loan!

  • Kris says:

    I just got your dairy book and have been loving it. I don't have chickens yet, but *some* day I will. I would love it if I won a copy of your book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Anonymous says:

    What perfect timing this giveaway is. I have finally decided- we WILL start backyard chickening! I've lot to learn but am so excited to add some girls to our life and family…1 step closer to living the kind of life I want to live! : )
    Be well & happy springtime!
    -Angie angieferenc@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous says:

    how perfect…i have been reading up on keeping chickens lately. this book would get me one step closer to my own flock and one step closer to owning all of your books.

    mtnbkscr20@yahoo.com

  • Surya says:

    Oh yes please! We have our coop set up and we're just hunting for the perfect flock now We'd love a copy of your book to help guide us through this new adventure!

  • Alana says:

    i'd love to win! we had chickens for a year, but sadly they were killed by a stray dog (we live in the city).
    i'm hoping next spring (when my boys are little older) we'll get 4 more!

  • I'd love to win this! It would be nice to have a great reference book for chicken-care… not to mention some ceramic eggs!

  • Mel B says:

    Wow! Love your books! And as we are just getting going (again) with our flock of “chooks”, a book like this would really come in handy. AND it's easy & fun for my 9 yr old to read too! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Sarah says:

    I'm so close to finally getting a few hens for our relatively suburban backyard homestead we're working on. I would absolutely love a copy of your book for further inspire and inform us on the journey! love your blog, you're such an inspiration!

  • Hope I win! My hubby and I are getting ready to put up our first chicken coop! :) I didn't even know that chickens could have that problem with eggs!!! oh my goodness!

    http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

  • Quench says:

    I would so love to win both the book and the eggs. I could have used those eggs last summer when one of our hens got broody and sat on a nest full of golf balls :)

  • Nicole says:

    Would love to have chickens!! THinking maybe bees first. nicole.griswold@gmail.com

  • Jennifer says:

    I checked your books out at my library a while back and loved them. It would be great to actually own my very own shiny copy!

    jspringer4 at yahoo dot com

  • Kathe Gray says:

    My sister and I grew up with a little henhouse of our own. We sold our beautiful brown and speckled eggs to our grandmother's friends, door-to-door in her apartment building, and raised our Christmas shopping money by doing so.

    Now that the city I live in has finally established by-laws that permit having a handful of layers on large enough lots, I'm ready to reawaken my little brood hen within — and teach my daughter the pleasures of collecting warm eggs.

    Your book would be an indispensable part of our journey, as would the ceramic eggs.

  • amber says:

    I cannot wait to keep my own chickens! Just looking for a little more space! In the meantime, I'd love to do my research and start with your book!

    I used Canning and Preserving to stock my pantry. Thanks!

  • maddogmusher says:

    Nice! I would love to win the book and the eggs. Right now we have 25 2-week old baby chicks (they are supposed to all be girls) on our kitchen table. We wake up to peeping every morning. I am going to miss them when I move them outside when it is warmer.

    Meats bird chicks come in two weeks too!

    Maggie

    heil4@frontiernet.net

  • Sara says:

    I would love this. I really enjoyed your beekeeping book!

  • I love your books and would love to add this one to the collection! LOVE your blog <3

  • beth says:

    We've had our flock of three for a year now, and we love them. I would love a copy of your book as there are always some new questions we have as the chickens grow and change.

  • I could really use your book! My husband and I just brought home our first ever chicks on Monday – 6 Golden Buffs. This is all new to use so any advice is welcome :)

  • I love your blog. Your family is living the rural life that my family (big city dwellers) hopes to live in about 3 years. Thanks for sharing your knowledge you've already taught me so much. Adele….adele.digirolomo@gmail.com

  • I love your blog. Your family is living the rural life that my family (big city dwellers) hopes to live in about 3 years. Thanks for sharing your knowledge you've already taught me so much. Adele….adele.digirolomo@gmail.com

  • Anonymous says:

    I loved your bee and preserve books. I'm getting chickens this year and have lots of questions. It is great to look up info on the computer but nothing beats sitting around with a mug of tea and a chicken book! I just have to make hard coop building decisions!

    toniflower3 at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a variety of chickens and bought some more to arrive next month. I can't wait!
    Karen
    tkkray@netins.net

  • Katie says:

    I found your blog through Soulemama and you have been such an inspiration both for the lifestyle we are attempting to live now and for what we hope to do when we move to our farm! Your books are high on my list for learning about keeping bees, chickens etc!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love all your books and your blog is one of my daily reads. You are truly down to earth and share so much ~ it is such a joy and inspiration to read! ~Shelli
    segura3@ameritech.net

  • Katie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway chance! Our shared family garden just got a hen with her 3 chicks and getting two more laying hens this weekend. I'd love to be able to have this as a reference while raising the chicks and keeping the hens happy and producing eggs.

    Really enjoy your blog! Found it about a month ago and am a daily reader now :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Ceramic eggs sound brilliant – I had a hard time finding wooden eggs in town. – Jennifer

    jalley22@hotmail.com

  • Erin says:

    Ooo, I would LOVE to win as we are getting our first chickens in May. My daughter is SO excited!
    ~Erin (erin.olson@gordon.edu)

  • Lauren says:

    I've started to do some research so that I'm ready to have my own small flock in the next year or two. Your blog is beautiful and an inspiration, as I imagine your book to be. Would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • tanya Good says:

    I would love a copy of your book and already you taught me something (ceramic eggs)
    Please please pick me pick Me : )
    thanks
    tanyagood@verizon.net

  • I'd love to add this to my Ashley English library 😀 I absolutely cannot wait for my own little backyard flock. I've been wanting someone to feed all these nutritious scraps too–the worms are full!

  • edgwickfarm says:

    Very nice!

  • Dorothy says:

    Those ceramic eggs are just what we need to deter our egg-snacking hen!

  • Sherrie says:

    Yay! We're hoping to have our own flock very, very soon, and the book and eggs would be just perfect. :)

  • I used plastic Easter eggs to get my hens to lay in their boxes. They figured it out immediately! I was amazed.

  • Anonymous says:

    Just checked this out of the library and loving it! Need my very own copy. Planning to build a coop and welcome some ladies for early summer :)

    Julie simple2279@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous says:

    Great giveaway! My sister and I have been talking A LOT about having a coop in her yard recently and this would be an amazing gift to help push us into it! Thanks!

    Krista
    kad292@hotmail.com

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  • Laura says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! We have our laying flock arriving in less than a week and I am sure both the book and the eggs would be tremendously helpful. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

    Wholemama13@gmail.com

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  • Unknown says:

    Our troop of 10 “hens-a-laying” brings my family so much joy…and there's nothing like a fresh egg! The ceramic eggs would be ever so helpful for those “broody” times and I love, love, love chicken books!! Thanks!!

    Krista
    4bigdogs@comcast.net

  • Jake n Kait says:

    My four ladies are turning a year old this year. They layed beautifully for us through the winter but are really picking up production now. We're coming up with recipes to feature their beautiful eggs. I'd love a copy of your book, been on my wish list for awhile :)

  • Lisa says:

    What a great give-away. I am researching keeping chickens and gathering info to convince my husband to jump on the chicken train….
    Thank You for the opportunity : >

  • I'm currently trying to figure out how to change local zoning laws to allow chickens in the city. I would really, really love to have some chickens, and so guidebooks are a definite must as I do research in preparation.

  • Jillian says:

    Great blog! I incubated my eggs this spring and am looking forward to getting my 16 chicks out in their coop. I would love to win your book and ceramic eggs!

  • becki says:

    Thank you for this chance! I'd really like to have some chickens of my own too!

  • QuietClimb says:

    I'd love to have a copy of your book to share with my sis-in-law who's also raising her on flock of chicks this year!

    houck.j@gmail.com

  • Anonymous says:

    I have dreams of owning chickens someday (hopefully sooner rather than later) and enjoyed reading Keeping Chickens when I borrowed it from the library. I'd really love to add it to my personal collection!

    bonnie at weboardshop dot com

  • Terri says:

    I already own your book but I have a friend who is interesting in chickens so I'd love this for her and I'll keep the eggs- they would be handy.

  • Terri says:

    I already own your book but I have a friend who is interesting in chickens so I'd love this for her and I'll keep the eggs- they would be handy.

  • Sandy says:

    How fun! I have your book on my to-read list. While I can get it from my local library, I'd much rather have a copy I can refer to any time I need it. And so glad to learn about the ceramic eggs. I have so much to learn…

  • petoskystone says:

    Lovely timing for your giveaway :) The ceramic eggs are the perfect touch.
    jlalexia(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • kjsonntag says:

    We just got 4 hens! Your book is the best one I've read from the library so far! I'd love to own a copy!

  • FrugalDeb says:

    My daughter is hoping to have chickens in the near future. So I would love to win this for her. Wish we could have chickens but in our area bylaws don't allow for this.

  • k a t says:

    Space for chickens is definitely under consideration when house hunting this Spring. With any luck we'll have a flock soon!

  • maria says:

    This would be just the thing to help me turn a dream into reality. Thank you!

  • maria says:

    This would be just the thing to help me turn a dream into reality. Thank you!

  • Melanie J. says:

    I have to enter, even though I'm still more than a year away from this dream probably…but it will happen, and I want all 4 of your books by my side as it does (already have Canning) – thanks for the opportunity!

  • redhott says:

    I have been looking for good fake eggs! Not on the internet or I would have found them by now, I'm sure. Just hoping they appear in my life. You know the kind of looking I mean? Either way I would love to be in the drawing.

  • Sarah C says:

    I'd be so excited to win! Chickens are in the plans for next year!

    Sarah at beingfrugalbychoiceblog@gmail.com or http://www.beingfrugalbychoice.blogspot.com

  • moku says:

    Hi,
    I just saw your book for sale on Williams Sonoma websites. Congrats.
    I hope I get to read your book for free.

    Moku21@gmail.com

  • okay…so I *kinda* already own your book (!!) but if I won I'd definitely pass it on to a lady I know who is also interested in chickens and would put it to good use. The eggs, however, I'm keeping!
    Sarah M

  • Jeanne says:

    Ashley – I am a few years away from keeping chickens just because of where I live and my current schedule – but it is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Your book would definitely help me get there! PS – I love your canning book!!!

    Thank you!

  • Lauren says:

    I'd love a copy of your book! I dream of having a few Ameracaunas sometime in the future.

    cherish48atgmaildotcom

  • Jacqui says:

    Learning new things about chickens from this post already! I would love a copy of this book! I've been wanting chickens of my own since having them when I was little.

  • Ellen says:

    Love your blog and would love to learn more from your book. And I've had 2 of my hens go broody twice each (one just got over it). I didn't know about leaving the fake eggs under her. I would just reach in and grab the other hens' eggs from underneath her. (She stopped laying when broody.)

  • shocks says:

    I would love to learn how to keep chickens!!

    Jenny
    shocks20@hotmail.com

  • mizz_b says:

    I've been hoping to start a small coop in my urban yard, these would be great inspirations to me.

  • JB says:

    Exciting, thanks for doing this!
    jbluml@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous says:

    Emma, Bianca, and Big Poufy, my Barred Rocks, would love for me to win this book.

    bodimego@yahoo.com

  • Indio says:

    Your book is an excellent one. I have to check a copy out of the library every time I need tips. It would be great to have my own copy.

  • Carrie M says:

    Chickens are high on mine and my boy's list! We are hoping next spring. Your book is on our list of chicken reading!

  • Beth says:

    My daughter is getting her chickens this spring, so I'd love to win a copy of your book!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, the eggs sound really useful! (The book does, too, of course, but I have never seen ceramic eggs.) Thanks for the chance to win.

    Lindsey
    dorking at acsalaska.net

  • annie b. says:

    hooray! i have a small flock and would love the eggs and guide! whoop!

  • Torrey says:

    I hope to get chickens soon and would love a copy of your book! Thanks : )

    torreyf at gmail dot com

  • judy says:

    I am keeping chickens for the first time. started out with 7 chicks and now down to 4….it has been a learning curve for me….and i would love to add to my chicken library….and thanks for the info w/the ceramic eggs…who knew…..

    First time flocker….

  • spike says:

    I have this book and have been reading over and over since we got our chicks earlier this week. Again, thank you. I also have your canning book and that thing is stained with brine :) Good luck with your class.

  • angelak says:

    We raise meat birds, but would love to have hens someday. This would be a big help. kopetan@frontiernet.net

  • oukay says:

    I have dairy and bees – chickens would be nice!

  • Susanna says:

    ahhh so exciting!!! We are getting our chicks the end of may…we would love a copy of your book as we need to learn all we can!! We're new to this “country life” and loving it – the kids and i are so excited to start on this new venture!

  • elizabeth says:

    Love this book! and would love to get a copy to my friend who just started with some chicks!
    ekdwilson at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous says:

    We're just about to buy a house and one of our first hopes is to have chickens – this would be a great place to start! Thanks for the giveaway!…kate
    kharris@uvic.ca

  • Dee says:

    I would love to own one of your books. We just started incubating our eggs a few days ago. Love your blog and your vision!

  • Angela says:

    I don't have chickens yet, but I have two good friends who have lovely flocks…I'm sure they would love a chicky gift from me!
    Hugs,
    Angela
    heyzillah@yahoo.com

  • Cool! We have ducks and chickens :)

  • Nathan says:

    I have let so many people borrow my copy of your book that I do not even know where it is or even who had it last. I would love to have it again! Thanks for all your wisdom and knowledge you have passed on. We have loved our flock of ladies.
    -Nathan
    (nraylestock@yahoo.com)

  • I live in Hendersonville and dream of having my own chickens…maybe one day, right now I will have to settle for getting started with some beds in the backyard and then learning all I can about chickens.

  • Heidi says:

    I would love to win your book. I own Keeping Bees and use it; it's a fantastic reference.

    hjonesw69@gmail.com

  • Angi says:

    Oh, to have chickens! Someday it will happen!

    angidawn79@hotmail.com

  • Lauren says:

    My 'girls' (Eliza, Agnes and Stevie) and I would love to win a copy of your book and a few of those handy eggs!

    l.salathiel@gmail.com

  • Theresa says:

    You read my mind, and we are just meeting :)

  • The book and eggs sound like great items. I had 5 chickens left from my 6 I got last year, and I added another 15 this year. I think it is a disease to keep wanting more and more chickens!

  • alexa says:

    Your free book? Plus free ceramic eggs? Sign me up! (And thank you, Mrs English!)

    cozycornercreationz.blogspot.ca

  • Caro says:

    Just discovered your canning and preserving book, so I can only imagine how great the chicken one is! Thanks!

  • Rebecca says:

    Awesome giveaway! We are wanting To start up with chickens for their eggs! Thanks for the chance to win! Rebecca
    Cannonsc3@gmail.com

  • Amber says:

    I'd enjoy the book and eggs! We get new sisters for our four hens today…

  • Missy says:

    I'd love to learn about keeping chickens in suburbia! After reading an article about it in Taproot, I'm totally convinced!

  • Christie Mac says:

    We cannot wait for our chicks to come in! This book and eggs would be a great addition to our knowledge base. Thank you.
    raftfooATyahooDOTcom

  • Gina F. says:

    I would love to win this! gmforesta@gmail.com

  • Michelle says:

    This would be so great, getting chickens next spring and have lots to learn!

    Michelle
    steim99@yahoo.com

  • Laura says:

    Hot Dog, I'm in! lauramunn5@gmail.com

  • Anonymous says:

    I adore your blog and LOVE chickens and turkeys and ducks….
    Had them for years. Hope to have some more. Thanks for sharing.
    cyndihamm20@yahoo.com

  • Lisa says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win this. I am plumdearly at gmail. :)

  • Rebecca says:

    Love the book (got a copy from the library) and would love to own it!

  • jodi says:

    One day I'll be tending my own little flock… this book would be so helpful!

  • Rachel says:

    This would be a lovely giveaway to win, especially with some false eggs!

  • Rachel says:

    This would be a lovely giveaway to win, especially with some false eggs!

  • Stasha says:

    Thanks for doing the great giveaway! I check your books out from the library frequently & would love to own them!

  • Stephanie says:

    I live in a major city and we are allowed 3 chickens. I'm hoping to get them this year.

  • donna says:

    Oh how I would love to be so lucky :) Thank you so much for the chance to win and your wonderful blog…..

  • Cheryl says:

    We just got our first chickens 3 weeks ago – 25 Rhode Island Red chicks! We are loving them!!

  • I absolutely love your book series and would be sooooo happy to win this.
    Laura
    http://www.sewknitgrow.com

  • Meg says:

    I'm in!

  • Anonymous says:

    Count me in please!

    -Britt T.

    brtucker89(at)gmail(dot)com

  • tfo1978 says:

    i'm excited to learn about the wonderful world of chickens!!

    tarafoley1978@gmail.com

  • SimpleSam says:

    Ashely,I'm a founding member of C.O.O.P. (Chickens on our Property) over in Johnson City. COOP has been working hard since last July to get our city code amended to allow our residents to have backyard hens. I'd love to have your book to show our city council members when we go before them next month for round 3-yes, 3!If I show them the book, remind them how our nearest neighbor allows hens and remind them that the sky hasn't fallen in doing so, maybe it would have a much needed impact on them. Having a copy of your book on hand would be awesome to show at the various venues COOP is attending to drum up support for this proposed legislation. Help?? Thanks for all you do.

  • tansy says:

    I love reading all these comments about people keeping chickens these days! It's something I want to do one day soon too. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Elsie says:

    We are thinking of adding chickens this summer/fall to our urban farm! Would love to have some more guidance.

  • Keri M. says:

    Our chicks are just 26 days old and we are loving them! I've been pouring over all the chicken books our library owns, including yours. How great would it be to have my very own copy :)

    Best,
    Keri

  • Someday this will happen!

  • L says:

    I'm scheming to set up chicks next year – it would be great to read your book on how to do it!

  • sierra says:

    OH buddy, do I love me some ceramic eggs! They are EVERYWHERE in our home. I would love the book, too; can one ever know too much about their birds? 😀

  • PatsyAnne says:

    Oh my goodness, I was just talking with my daughter's husband about chickens. Seems that they will be getting some soon. He has researched online and read as much as he could find but hasn't read your book. They have an “almost-3-yr-old”, Ellie who will need to learn how to “chicken” – they are attempting to grow an organic garden (small one this year) and raise 4 chickens in a “chicken-tractor”… THIS is a perfect giveaway. How wonderful you are!

  • nancy says:

    I'd love a copy! I just got 2 new chicks last night! http://littlehomesteadinboise.blogspot.com/

  • How wonderful! I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Please select us!:) Our daughter Zoie,13, has what we lovingly refer to as chicken fever–I think it's contagious- we are all getting it! We have 5 children & grandparents residing with us(9 people), your inspirations could help us tremendously! We are in the planning phase for “Keeping Chickens” as our little flock is due to arrive the 29th of April. We went to 2 libraries Friday night trying desperately to make the closing time to get your book as a dear friend recommended it. When we arrived we sadly saw that there are 2 holds on it. We attended a class”Fowl Play” to get our family ready & again your book was suggested as a must have!:) Thank you for the chance. So glad we found you! Smiles from SC=)

  • Hugh says:

    Please enter me. Thanks.

  • Jennifer Brewer says:

    I love everything you do and want to be you when I grow up! My friends just built their chicken coop from scratch and your book would be a perfect housewarming for their new chicks. Thanks for continuing your giveaways and passing on your lifestyle so that we can all be better homesteaders.

    jnnfr_brwr@hotmail.com

  • Libby says:

    We are hoping to start keeping chickens next spring, but are helpin some friends of ours with theirs this year! This would be a fun gift for them :) Mia DOT cupcake AT yahoo is my email

  • Jennica Wolf says:

    I would LOVE to win this book! I checked it out at the library & I had to renew it to keep it longer! 😉 I just found out we can have chickens in the city so I really want to learn more & this book definitely teaches you everything so I really want it! :)

  • Heather says:

    I have to admit: I already have the book. I LOVE it — it has been so helpful, especially since this is our first season with chickens. I'm entering the giveaway for the ceramic eggs. If I win, I plan to give the book to someone else.

    Also, I just blogged about building the chicken tractor from the plans in your book — it turned out so well, we couldn't be more pleased!

    theparsimoniousprincess.blogspot.com

  • Megan says:

    I would love to win this book! we are getting chickens this year…round two after losing them to some dogs. Really want to do it right this time!
    Thanks for having this giveaway!
    mailmegster@gmail.com

  • Heather says:

    I have your canning book and have been anxious to get your chicken and dairy book, fingers crossed :-)
    Heather
    barrera.heather@gmail.com

  • MGirard says:

    Wow, great giveaway! I love your blog and would love to read your book. And as I am moving to the country this summer, this book would be very useful. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • MGirard says:

    Wow, great giveaway! I love your blog and would love to read your book. And as I am moving to the country this summer, this book would be very useful. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Shannon says:

    I would love to have your book and the eggs would be a bonus! I love anything with chickens! :)

  • SouthernGirl says:

    I would love the book!! I've checked it out from the library and am very interested in the chicken tractor plan included. (The ceramic eggs are a great idea!)

    Thanks!

  • amanda says:

    me! me! pick me!

  • Joy says:

    We are just starting our chickens this year and they are so fun!

  • Patty says:

    We keep talking about getting our own chickens—I think we are getting more serious about it. My husband said maybe next year and I think we may actually do it!
    Patty “6goobers@embarqmail.com”

  • Oh I would be thrilled! A great resource for a chicken-keeper-to-be.

  • Mike - bbgroovy@hotmail.com says:

    I read your site several times a week and it's inspired me. I ordered a dozen chicks just last week! And who doesn't love free stuff!

  • abaco says:

    I've so enjoyed your books (via the library) and would love a copy of my own. abaco1966 at gmail dot com

  • Anastasia says:

    I am trying to convince my husband we *need* chickens. I might get your bee book and offer to trade since he *really* wants to keep bees and I'm not so sure about that.

  • Ellyn R says:

    AH! I would love this! We just started a chicken coop at my parent's house and they bought 6 new baby chicks. This would be an amazing congratulations gift for them :)

    reid.ellyn @ gmail.com :)

  • I truly enjoy your blog and would love to win your book! I stumbled upon your blog through Breathe magazine and have been hooked since. My boyfriend and I are starting with bees this summer and are moving to chickens next! All new adventures for us. I would love to have your book as a resource. Thank you in advance for all of the knowledge you share on your blog…Jessica! jerseyskier10@hotmail.com

  • Meesh says:

    bawk bawk!
    Hi Ashley, sorry to miss your class tonight, I'm attending another chicken related workshop/tour actually. AND I had eggs for breakfast so I guess it's sort of a chicken kinda day all around. 😛 Would love to read your book and will one day soon regardless if I win it or not. We're getting bees next week and then chickens are up next on the list. I'm getting snagged on the coop design and actually number of chickens we should get… flip floppin' between 6 or 12 or 25! Hope all is well. Should I win, you can contact me on my facebook page. Meesh

  • smsells says:

    Although we are going on our 3rd flock of chickens (due to moves) we never raised them from chicks before and during that process your book was an invaluable resource to us. Your book was given to us as a gift and we sincerely appreciate the advice contained within! My mother just got 12 chicks and this will be her first flock ever. Regardless of whether I win or not, I will be getting her your book for her, for mothers day. We've had several broody buffs so its good to know that ceramic eggs are an option!

  • MyrtleWolf says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win your book! I would love to win it. We just joined 4-H and my kids and I really want to get some chickens! This book would help us out greatly!
    Thanks again!

  • ANCA media says:

    I love your bee book (just started two hives) and would love to win the chickens book! I have a flock of 12 at the moment.
    Melissa Hart
    anca.media@gmail.com

  • Ellie says:

    I am absolutely obsessed with your books: Canning & Preserving, Keeping Bees, Home Dairy and Keeping Chickens. I've been checking them out from our local library one by one, Keeping Chickens being the last of the four and my favorite – such a great reference. I'm looking forward to more Ashley English books!

    http://huckleberryandhoney.blogspot.com/

  • Deven says:

    I want chickens sooooo badly! But, sadly, our it's against our city's rules.

    We are working to change that.

  • jay kay says:

    My family just got chickens and we LOVE them!! Your book really helped us get off the ground with our birds.

  • Anonymous says:

    We've just this week started the process towards being chicken-tenders (haha). Loved your book when we got it from the library, would be great to own a copy, too!

    marissa3483@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous says:

    Would really like to win, I just had to return my copy to the library! (good thing I work there!!!!) mrskrafty@yahoo.com
    -Amy

  • ebieb says:

    I <3 Chickens and I <3 Small Measure

  • How exciting! Any chance to win this fantastic book.

  • How exciting! Any chance to win this fantastic book.

  • Chelle128 says:

    Still considering chickens in our suburban yard…loved your book when I got it out of the library and would love to own a copy! :)

    Michelle Lisenbee
    Savage, MD
    lisenbee10@verizon.net

  • Bobble says:

    I read my library's copy, but I'd love to have my own. I liked your Home Dairy book too.

  • Ms. Ward says:

    I, too, keep checking this book out of my local library. Such a fantastic resource!

    Jen Ward ms.jen.ward @ gmail dot com

  • Melissa says:

    I have just the broody hen for those eggs. Also, I would love to gift the book to a friend. Your book has been a tremendous resource for us. We used it in our first community chicken chat last night!

    Midtownchicks.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

  • Katie S says:

    I just bought a house with a nice large back yard. I am trying to convince the husband that chickens are awesome, I think fresh eggs all the time is making him come to the dark side. :)

  • Why eat your chicken,
    When, alive, she provides a feast,
    For eyes, ears and heart.

    @aaronweintraub

  • K. Jean says:

    My third year of chickens, just got our new chicks yesterday! Also have a hen in the laying coop with an egg eating problem, would love to teach her a thing or two with those fake eggs!! Thanks for the opportunity, good luck to all!

  • Kenny O says:

    I want this book, and chickens