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Squawk Talk


It’s time to chat chickens, friends! If you’ve been thinking about getting a flock of laying hens, now’s the time to bone up on your fine-feathered knowledge and learn about all that’s involved in moving you from a poultry enthusiast to a full-time chicken tenderer. I’ll be teaching two classes in Asheville next month. Spring is an ideal time for getting started in the world of chicks, pullets, hens, and roosters, and I look forward to helping you learn the basics to get you started.


Backyard Chickens Classes

1) Sunday, March 3rd, Small Terrain, 5.7 p.m.. More information can be found here.

2) Thursday, March 7th, AB-Tech, 6-8:30 p.m.. More information can be found here.


*Image from Keeping Chickens, Lark Books. Taken by Lynne Harty. 

4 Responses to Squawk Talk

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    I won’t be raising any new chicks this year, but we’ll continue with our four laying hens we raised two years ago. I have your book ‘Keeping Chickens’ sitting right on my nightstand, love it!

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    Do you have a favorite breed? What types are in your flock right now? Since we can only have four hens, I have a brown leghorn, a rhode island red, a black star, and an ameracauna who lays beautiful blue eggs. She’s the most friendly so I’d have to say that’s probably my favorite breed in my limited experience.

  • Melanie says:

    This is such a great book, Ashley! My 10 year old daughter is SO into chickens, and really needed the next step up from “kids” books to adult, with an abundance of information, but not overwhelming with technical terms that are more conducive to large flocks rather than the small home flock we keep. Your book was the perfect stepping stone for her. And I refer to it occasionally as well, even after keeping chickens for almost 20 years. Thank you for this gift of information and beauty.

  • Hollie says:

    Ahhh! I wish I lived closer, I would love to take one of your classes. Before we got our flock, yours was the one book I bought and it has now become my chicken bible. The one thing I never realized is how attached to them I would become, they are truly a part of our family.