Book Giveaway – Free-Range Chicken Gardens and more!

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In celebration of my blog’s new look and redesign (and the fact that this happened to coincide with the timing of a pre-arranged virtual blog party), I am giving away not one, but TWO BOOKS related to chickens. And there are 7 other ways to win! Check it out…

First up:

Chickens bring so much joy to my own garden and I know many others who want to incorporate little chicken personalities into their own backyards. But wait…What about the fact that they scratch through the flower beds? And don’t they like to seedlings and rip leaves off of plants? And how do we deal with all of that while still enjoying their cuteness?

To answer all of those questions and other chicken advice, we can turn to landscape designer, Jessi Bloom, who just wrote the book, Free-Range Chicken Gardens (published by Timber Press).  This book is awesome – and I am not just saying that because I know her and think she is one of the coolest gardeners around. This is the only book I have seen that tells you exactly how you can have your chickens AND your garden too. It still covers the basics like benefits of chickens, darling chicken coop ideas, pests/diseases, etc. But it then goes far beyond that.

You learn:

  • How to design a chicken-friendly garden
  • How to keep your plants safe and your chicken’s safe (including barrier ideas/tips)
  • Lists of plants your chickens can use for everything from shelter to foraging.
  • And fun stuff, like how to train your chicken.

My coop

We already know that backyard chickens are hot. Add in the fact that this book covers CHICKENS & GARDENS and it is no surprise that it is already in it’s 4th printing! That says a lot right there!

But the number one reason to get this book? I’m in it.

Okay…okay…so that is NOT really a good reason to get it. But it was fun to be featured and my green-roof coop made the cut too.

 The Giveaway:

Timber Press is letting me give away a copy of Free-Range Chicken Gardens to a lucky commenter of this post. And they are also including a copy of this book: The Fresh Egg Cookbook.

So you get two books if you win! I have not seen the cookbook yet, but any book that gives me new ideas on how to use these delicious eggs is okay by me.


Sorry Contest Closed!

To enter to win BOTH books, all you have to do is comment on this post with any one of the following choices:

  • Why you love chickens in your own garden (or why you WANT chickens in your garden).
  • Why you really, REALLY need this book.
  • A list of cute chicken names. They can be your own chicken’s names or just some you have heard of. (My chickens are mostly named after famous garden designers.)
  • A short limerick about chickens. (Such as: “There once was a chicken from Nantucket…” But please keep it G rated)

ONE entry per person please and you must be a US resident to win. You have until midnight, Thursday April 12, 2012 to enter. I will pick a random winner at that time and Timber will ship the books.

More Chances to Win!

This post is part of a blog party and there are SEVEN other fantastic blogs participating. Each blog has their own requirements for what you post in the comments, but it is all easy and fun. Visit each blog and you will have EIGHT chances of winning these two books. And you will meet some other really innovative garden bloggers in the process. Fun Stuff!

Jessi at

Erica at

Gen at

Angela at

Annette at

Kylee at

Willi at


We have a random winner – Megan! (Megan, I just sent you an email to get your shipping address)

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented. I so enjoyed all the stories, chicken names and poems. Great stuff! I hope you continue to visit here! I have several chicken & garden posts coming up over the next few weeks. {Hugs}


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About the Author

Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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  • Raquel Padilla April 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I really really need this book because I am desperately trying to convince my wife that we need chickens! And her number one reason why we cant is that they will destroy our garden. This book will help me show her that chickens and gardens can live in peace.

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  • Holly April 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I really really need to win this book because I love animals of all kinds and would be a great chicken parent. I need the book to learn how to properly raise chickens into productive members of society. When I get a chicken, I will most likely name her Margarita Iguana.

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  • Liz April 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Our girls are named:

    Liz Jr. (Rhode Island Red)
    Barred Rock Obama (Barred Plymouth Rock)
    Lady Cluckerpants (Ameraucana)
    Dame Fluffernutter (Ameraucana)

    We had a Buff Orpington named Kevin, but she got eaten by some of the local wildlife last fall.

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  • Tanya April 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I would have to say that I love having chickens in my garden because we have an elderbug tree nearby and I despise those little critters. My chickens take care of the overabundance of them and they get to peck around and chase them, snatch them out of the sky and entertain themselves catching them. It’s also entertaining for me, so it’s a win-win!

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  • TeresaR April 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Some of my favorite names for our chickens past and present are:
    Loxia (is a genus for Crossbill birds…she has a crossed bill like theirs)
    Don Juan (for a rooster)
    Vader (as in Darth Vader because she’s black and has a hoarse voice)
    Mo (as in Mo Rocca because this rooster has a high pitched, nasally voice)
    Mrs. Tweedy (because we found it ironically funny to name a chicken after the chicken-hating woman in the movie Chicken Run)
    Licorice and Blackberry (for a couple of black hens)

    Thanks for this fun giveaway contest! I’m going to Tweet about it.

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  • nancyf April 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I NEED these books, we just bought 2 acres and I really want to convince my hubby that we need chickens. Please pick me!
    I want to give all my hens Mrs names…Mrs Minaver, Mrs Simpson, Mrs Peel….Mrs Peel would be in the black feathers….

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  • Nicky @dirtandmartinis April 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Theresa, I really, really, really need this book because you are in it! Hahaha, that made me cluckle, I mean chuckle, hehe. Seriously, I am in the very beginning stages of becoming a chicken mama. There’s a lot of tips and advice I am seeking out and this book looks like a great place to start. After seeing the white fluffy chicken at Pistils Nursery in Portland, a year ago, I decided I would love to have a chicken garden.

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  • Lesa W. April 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I really, REALLY need this book because I am about to embark for the first time on both gardening AND chickens and I need all the help I can get.

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  • Jay April 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I love chickens in the garden because they are such hard working and dedicated gardners. They patrol for unwanted pests non stop, while fertilizing as they go. It’s also a lot of fun to watch their antics as the go about their business in your garden. :) I just wish I knew how to keep them from creating havock ok my plants ;)

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  • Audrey April 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    We have 6 hens and 1 very protective rooster, Thing 2 (it was a Dr. Suess kinda day when he was named). I love now that we are finally getting to our spring weather that the raking and weeding are being taking care of by my little helpers. We live in a rural area with lots of wildlife so most of my gardening is done in containers. This year I am going to give my ladies a treat by growing some herbs and veggies vertically on their coop. Wish me luck!

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  • itsrenee April 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I REALLY REALLY REALLY need this book because I WANT CHICKENS!!! Been wanting for a while now esp since I eat two eggs a day. Winning this book would be the PERFECT way to open up the discussion with Darling Husband.

    Shall now go over to Amazon and wish list it .. . . just in case I do not win.

    Egg-shell-ant giveaway =)

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  • Colleen Lanchester-Raynie April 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I love having chickens in my garden because it is positively IMPOSSIBLE to watch a chicken scratch without smiling! : )

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  • Em Walker April 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I really, really, really NEED these because I’m doing chickens (in the backyard) away from the family farm, where we used to do chickens all the time. I didn’t pay it much mind back then how to do things, or when to do them and I could use all the help I can get! :)

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  • Ken April 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I love letting my chickens scratch through my gardens, especially before and after the growing season. They eat up all the grubs and weed seed and leave behind perfect fertilizer. This looks like a great book!

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  • Marina April 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    My daughter’s names for our chickens, I’m sure, will top the list: Sparkles, Heart, Cupcake, Pinkie, Henny Penny, and Sassy. She has yet to name our two new Araucanias but I’m sure it will be something just as creative:)

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  • Kathy M April 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    We’re really hoping to be in a position to get chickens soon. As a total newbie (who is planning to use the chickens as pest control helpers), I’ll need all the help I can get!

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  • kamilah April 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I started a garden club at my sons ele school. I wonder how cool would it be to say we have chickens at our grade school! We have 4 more yrs there if not more with the little one of our so I might as well start looking into it! This book sounds like a great start……

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  • Paula Morhardt April 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I would love to have not only fresh eggs, but tick, earwig, Junebug eating machines in my backyard! Am sooo tired of picking ticks off the cats, the chickens could eat the ticks, and provide entertainment for the cats! (who really are a bunch of wimps, the chickens may scare them to death…..)

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    • Mariellen French April 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Since I have had chickens, I have had four (4) cats who are afraid of them. It’s funny to see a 19 pound cat run from a hen who doesn’t weigh anything near to him.

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  • Joe April 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    My wife wants to get a dozen chickens. And I think I’ll name them Chiclet, Chicle, Chicadee, Chickasaw, Chicapoo, Chicaroni, Chick-fil-A, Chicque, ChickCorea, Chickaboomboom, Chickago and, whew, Chickalicious.

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  • bren April 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Love your cute green-roof coop!
    I need this book because we have a bit of a unique yard and gardening situation, and I want to figure out the best way to incorporate chickens into it. So everything can co-exist peacefully.

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  • Ashley, the Accidental Olympian April 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I want chickens of course for their eggs! Plus, with all the beautiful breeds out there who wouldn’t want an adorable couple chickens wandering your yard?

    Fingers crossed for the win!

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  • Martha April 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

    My chooks are named:
    Aunt Dottie… a PlymouthBarred Rock
    Reba MvEntyre…. a rebellious Rhode Island Red
    I-Love-Lucy… a giddy New Hampshire Red
    (They call the wind) Maria… a determined flying Grey Auracana
    Farrah Fawcwett…a rather silly blonde headed Americauna

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  • Heather April 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I REALLY REALLY need this book because I am desperately trying to make my family “homegrown” too! I would love to know how to incorporate chickens into my gardening plan!

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  • Oregon Sunshine April 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I really, really need this book so I can teach my hens how to weed and not need to go buy geese! As for names, I’ve recently decided to name my 3 week old pullets after characters from Pride and Prejudice, and the coop is now called “Pemberley”.

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  • KayBopp April 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I’m getting four Orpingtons this month and have their names picked out. The girls will be:

    The rooster will be Atticus because Gregory Peck was so distinguished in “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

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  • Linda A. April 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

    My husband and I love having our four chickens run freely in our backyard (It’s just grass so far). I was the original one to want chickens, but now my husband is crazy about them. They come running whenever they see us. If we sit or lay down, they hop up on our laps and begin preening and then lay down on us. It’s so endearing! Plus, I love the little sounds they make when they are talking to us. Chickens are the best pets ever! They are pets with benefits!

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  • Carri April 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I NEED this book! After several years my daughter and I have finally convinced my husband to allow us to have a couple chickens. But- we need to start with a plan!!! I was holding out for the Kindle version, but I’m getting antsy!

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  • Amy April 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I really really need this book because my daughter and are so eager to bring some chickens into our life and we need help convincing my husband! I would name our first one “Millie” which is what we sometimes call our daughter Camille. :)

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  • Bobbie Wood April 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

    There once was a chicken from Nantucket
    Who’s feed was kept in a bucket
    A doggie, named Nan
    Found the bucket and BAM!
    Knocked it over because her tail struck it.

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  • Tori Patton April 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I would like this book. My husband and I got a chicken and 2 ducks this year to start and are just starting our garden. We are new to both the aspect of the birds and the aspect of the garden. Sadly I feel lost when it comes to them all. So far my plants seem to be doing good, but I worry I might kill them. And we haven’t built the coop yet for the birds to be able to stay outside.

    Thank you

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  • sheila hernandez April 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

    My ultimate dream garden would have tons of fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, flowers and eventually chickens! This would be great to read up on before getting the chickens!!!

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  • jess s April 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I love my chickens more than I ever knew I could love poultry, but I am full of dismay by the havoc they wreck on my poor garden. And why do they always eat the plants I care about and not the ones I wish they would destroy? I need to train them better or….? This is why I need this book.

    Also, our original flock was named after the characters in John Waters’ classic movie CRYBABY. They were: Crybaby Walker (turned out to be a rooster), Lenora Frigid, Ramona Rickettes, Pepper Walker and Hatchet-Face Malnorowski. Our new lavender orpington pullets are named Katniss and Primrose Everdeen. It’s a little embarrassing to admit this.

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  • Abby April 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I feel like good garden chickens should have sturdy English names. For whatever reason. Here’s a sampling:

    Beatrix (Potter)

    This book looks totally awesome! Both do.

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  • Bobbie Wood April 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The chicken was moved to Manhasit
    Where her eggs became quite an asset
    That darn doggie named Nan
    Ate the eggies and RAN!
    ‘Tis common when the dog is a basset.

    They then found themselves in Patucket
    The chicken, the feed, and the bucket
    But the doggie, named Nan
    Ran off with a man
    And the chicken, in pax, kicked the bucket.

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  • Mariellen French April 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I would use the book to encourage my Town to pass an ordinance allowing small home flocks. We need to be able to provide at least some of our food, and home-grown eggs are infinitely safer that factory farmed eggs as well as more nutritious.
    My hens are/have been Buffy, the tick slayer (buff orpington), Rocky (barred rock), Rhodie (Rhode Island Red), Brownie (brown leghorn), Abbie (black astralorp), Rickie and Pete, named after the Australian comedy of the same name. The new girls are Penny (copper Marans) and Olive (Olive egger).

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  • Anne Wright-Cunniff April 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    At the end of the month, we will be getting a small flock of chickens. I’m looking forward to letting them roam in my gardens, but I want to learn more before I do. (We can’t have them feasting on something they’re not supposed to.) If nothing else, the book will be stimulating eye and mind candy for me.

    As for eggs, I love cooking with eggs. I make a mean frittata, especially during farmers market season.

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  • Tina April 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Given the amount of eggs my children eat on a daily basis, it is start raising chickens or rent them out as day laborers! Also, it you have one on cows too since they go through more milk than 3 calves….but that is another project. With a new house and just under 2 acres, we are going to be doing a lot of trial and error. I am hoping the book leads us to more trial than error.

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  • Marcia April 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    We used to have chickens, but I would love a book that tells us how to incorporate chickens in our garden! Thanks!

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  • Simone Rogers April 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I need this book bc I am planning on adding chickens to my garden and need to know how!

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  • Mary Ann Rydland April 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I really need this book because I am finally about to move to a home where I can have a garden AND chickens, and I need to convince my husband that we should have the chickens! Thanks!

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  • Robin Abraham April 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    There once were three chickens from Dallas
    Penny, Ginger and Alice
    They needed a home
    So that they would not roam
    So I built them Cluckingham Palace.

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  • Tiffy D April 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    We want chicken for our garden (pests and poop) and I would love to incorporate fresh eggs into my home-based bakery! We plan on naming our chickens with old-timey names, like Mildred, Agatha, Beatrice, Priscilla, and Henrietta.

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  • Nadine Forget April 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Well, I WANT chickens in my yard. I currently do all the other eco and earth friendly gardening stuff, so chickens are really on my want list. Range free is better anyways.

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  • Rachel Waite April 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    We need this book to help us start our new coop! My sisters and I are starting our own egg co-op and need as much advice as we can get….we need eggs because between the four of us we have lots of kids and are done with store bought “farm” eggs. And my little should-be-a-farmer daughter needs chickens to go with her veggie garden. Help a city would-be backyard chicken farmer out and give a girl a free book!

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  • Renee April 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Okay, of COURSE I need this book because you are in it. I have “collected” you for over 20 years….but really, I used to have chickens (and a duck) and just loved it. I did not find them destructive. They went about their business eating bad bugs. I’m about ready to get back to chickens and really need some updated information…..Can’t wait! Oh, and I love cookbooks so the bonus book with EGGS would be fabulous!

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  • Jason Price April 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Hello Theresa,

    I want Chickens in a free range garden in my yard for the kids, I have four kids. Plus, we live close by to my wife’s sister and her kids, and her mother, who could all enjoy the benefits of chickens in our garden. Having your own chickens is natural pest control. In Arizona, we have an abundant amount of pests to be devoured by chickens. Plus, you can control the quality of the eggs by taking good care of your chickens. There are so many hormone enhanced, unhealthy things being done to our food, and frankly things causing cancer because people are messing with the natural order of things. I want to provide healthy options to my children and extended family, to foster the benefits that come from tending to your own chickens. From hard work, the fruits of labor are born. EGGS!

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  • Tanya April 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I think 2 of my sister’s chickens’ names are pretty cute: Bushel and Peck. And I need these books because I have chicken envy! :) Aside from that, discovered you via NW Edible, and I’m happy to find a new blog to follow!

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  • Meghan O'Connor-Yourkonis April 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Oh my gosh – this might help my husband understand what it is I want to do with chickens in the back yard! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  • Charlotte April 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I’m a outdoor science curriculum assistant teacher in an urban public school. Each of our classrooms have a garden to enjoy, care for and learn from. Oh the lessons we could learn if we had chickens at our school! I need the “free” books to learn more and because my earnings are less than chicken feed.

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  • Georgie T. April 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    When we got our chickens I had no idea that we would be getting eggs AND free entertainment. Watching their antics is therapy for me! The trio of ladies are named: Mildred, Rena and Freddie. They are all named after “older” ladies I remember from my childhood, who lived in my Grandma’s neighborhood.

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  • Teresa @ Seasonal Wisdom April 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Theresa: Not really entering the contest, as I don’t have chickens. So, I’ll pass along my chance to some other lucky person. But I did want to congratulate you on the new blog design. It looks terrific. Best of luck to you! Teresa

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  • Debbie April 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    We would really, really love to have chickens (we had tham in the past when we had a farm)but even though we have 11 wooded acres we also have raccoons, possum, a fox or two and hawks and owls and fear they would have short lives. I would love to have your book if it could help us accommodate chickens with all the wild life we have. Chicken-less in Nashville!

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  • Suzanne April 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I would loveto have chickens in our garden. My nextvdoor neighbor has 5 and my kids love to chicken sit when tey’re away. Their names are bertha, ethel, martha, betty….

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  • PB April 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Our chickens have named their house Cluckingham Palace so they have become known as the Queen and her ladies.

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  • anastasia April 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    We love LOVE our 13 hens — the unending chicken-watching joy and delish eggs they provide are just a fraction of how we benefit from their presence. Our current girls’ names are:

    Tilly (the equanimous head of the flock, a Barred Rock mix)
    Twyla (the old auntie, and Tilly’s sister)
    Rexie (a curious, yet beautiful deep-buff -&-white Transylvania Naked Neck, or Turken)
    [Weird] Maxine (an occasionally psychotic, but beautiful iridescent black Turken)
    Maisy (a Gold Star)
    Tallulah (a Gold Star)
    Golda (an Ameracauna)
    Tigerlily (an Ameracauna)
    Ophelia Fluffypants (a white & black Brahma)
    Fifi Pomp-and-Circumstance (a Salmon Faverolle who thinks she’s a dog)
    Josephine (a very elegant and distant Silver-laced Wyandotte)
    Ginger (a slightly neurotic Salmon Faverolle)
    Steve (a lovely and small Speckled Sussex. Who, ironically, “crows.” We guess she had to live up to her name.)

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  • Misti April 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I was flipping through this book several weeks ago and forgot the name until finally more recently I came across it again. I would *love* this book as I am trying to research for future use when we finally buy a house. Right now we’re renting but I have chickens on my list of things to raise in the future!

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  • Iris April 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I grew up in a city, with country-raised Cuban parents. My sister got a baby chick that survived and we wound up raising a chicken in our apartment! With no yard, my job became feeding and cleaning after the chicken, who lived on our landing and got out on the balcony on supervised visits. Needless to say, I’d like to try raising chickens in my backyard and keep my garden too. It’s never too late to learn to do it right! :)

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  • Karen April 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I really, really need this book because six weeks ago, I had only a desire for chickens. My mom was diagnosed with cancer, and to help take it off the minds of the kids and myself, my husband brought home baby chicks. We bought a used coop that came with chickens, they were cute, more were on sale. Long story short, in six weeks I now have five adult chickens and 11 baby chicks. I love them but have no idea what in the world I am doing. I need help!

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  • Shane Kaufman April 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Fertilizer, bug control, eggs, entertainment , and possibly meat, what’s not to want?

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  • Sharon Liljedahl April 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I would love to win the books, we have chickens down in our barn, but I have really wanted to learn how to have chickens in my gardens and learn how they can help in the many ways that I think they can like tilling the dirt and mixing under all the top soil and fertilizing and so on. Such a great way not to be alone in the garden, have some company while out working with the dirt, one of my favorite pastimes. Thanks for the chance.

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  • Linden April 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    My chickens are all named after favorite dead relatives (I have only 4. Chickens, not dead relatives) so that I remember them each time I call the chickens home.

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  • michelle yeaton April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hi!! I have this book and i love it!!! So much wonderful information and very helpful . We are waiting for our new baby chicks to arrive next week. Fanny the partridge rock, Flossie the Barred rock and Clementine the Buff orpington . I love your website it is so awesome!!

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  • Christina April 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I can’t have chickens in my garden yet because of city law (hoping to get it repealed this year!), but I want chickens in my garden to bond with. I mean who else will be more than happy to hang out with me in my garden all day eating my bugs?

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  • Chad Szymczak April 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I really need this book so I can see if having chickens at a school for children with developmental disabilities would work!

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  • Debbie April 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I would love to have chickens. Soon, I hope :) I’m still in the planning stage and my city just recently passed an ordinance allowing chickens. Since I’m planning my garden for them, this book would be a great help. Chicken names: Ernie and Gracelet (my brother’s imaginary friends when he was a little boy; it’s a cute story.) Thanks for the opportunity.

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  • Lisa April 5, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I need this book so I can continue to read about backyard chickens as I wait for my circumstances to change and be conductive to having chickens! None of my chicken titles that I currently own have much information on incorporating hens fully into your garden, and I would love to know more about this!

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  • Megan April 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

    i really need this book because we just got our first chickens, only 3, which my daughter named sunburn, butterfly, and madi, and i need help!

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  • Hether April 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

    We really really need this book! We moved this winter and have been reading and researching about chickens for our new yard. We’ve been digging up the yard and laying out our garden beds, studying up on coup designs and breeds. We’re so excited to get started and this book would be such a help! As far as cute chicken names, my oldest wants a chicken named John.

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  • Mari April 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Our hens don’t have very creative names Hennessey, Margery and Itsy. But we just got two new hens one is Barnie (she is a barnevelder) and Calamity Jane (an amerecauna). My husband decided that one of the chickens would have to be Calamity Jane because he liked that name. So far she seems like she will live up to the name.

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  • Tanya April 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Our friendliest of eight hens is called Flopsy, I love the manure for the garden, and I just enjoy watching the chickens run!

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  • stacy April 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Because I have a little chick,
    does not mean I’m a country hick.
    Her eggs are fresh and green and blue,
    Her feathers soft,
    Her faults are few.
    I’ve never raised a chick,
    I won’t lie,
    I need your book,
    So she doesn’t die.

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  • ted April 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    There once was a chicken from Nantucket
    Who learned to poop in a bucket.
    His owner said, “Hey! Composting is easy this way!
    The pile rots without having to muck it.”

    Sorry, I could not resist the invitation to come up with a horrible ditty. Please let me win anyway!

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  • Cass April 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Firstly, loving finding all these new blogs courtesy of the book giveaway.

    Why we really need the book. We have a mandala garden with a chook tractor that rotates around it. The chooks need to get out so I want to let them out to free-range during the day BUT when I open the gates they head straight for my lettuce and garlic!! We are busy racking our brains for all sorts of ideas to let them free-range but not on my lettuce!!

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  • Carla Grytdal April 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Why I really, REALLY need these books? Because YOUR timing is perfect! We’ve had chickens for the past 10 years or so, but we are finally “creating” our permanent gardening area this year! We built a hoophouse chicken coop last fall, and are in the final stages of building our 10′X20′ greenhouse. Next is the raised bed gardens, while I grow our culinary herb, medicinal herb, veggie and flower starts in the greenhouse. Would love to have a plan for “The Ladys” and “One fine Gentleman” to freely roam through it with us.

    BTW: My favorite hen was from our first flock of Rhode Island Reds (still my favorite breed.) Her name was “Ruby.” She was very friendly and gentle, and I knew her “song” from all the rest. She was tragically killed by a weasel when she was approximately 2-1/2 years old. The weasel was furthermore killed by our dog… (go dog!)

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  • JenniferB April 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I really need this book because I would love to have chickens and this would let me know what all I need to do with them, how to take care of them.

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  • Gypsy Meadow April 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    We have a chicken named SassyPants…but I’m starting to think that name applies to just about all the chickens we have…I think it might even apply to my two daughters! :)

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  • quinnwick April 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Our chickens were named after characters from various science fiction/ fantasy books/movies/tv shows.
    Granger (Speckled Sussex named after Hermione Granger)
    Tilling (Cuckoo Maran named after Despereaux Tilling)
    Hilly (Barred Rock named after the female version of Holly, the computer from Red Dwarf)
    Irwin (Australorp originally named after an AI computer character from a comic (Erwin) but changed to Irwin after Steve Irwin)

    Thankfully my chickens don’t know their names and wont need therapy when they get older.

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  • roni April 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I have 6 chickens in my yard and garden. Each chicken is named by my granddaughter, There is Bell. Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, and last but no least Pocahontas. Oh yes she is into princesses. We love our girls.

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  • Jessica M April 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I wish I was clever enough to make up a lyric! I’ve been wracking my brain :) I really, REALLY need this book because I come from a long line of backyard chicken “farmers”, as does my husband, but I’m afraid of chickens. I’m hoping a little more information (via a fantastic book) will help me overcome that fear!

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  • Khristi April 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    My chickens names are:
    Jack, Gerdie, Cheepie, Maybelline, Penny, Bojangles, Henrietta, Petri, Oprah, Whitney, Fireball and Angry Bird. I had a roo named Nugget but I had to get rid of him because I live in the city. I would LOVE to win these books!!!

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  • andrea April 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I love chickens in the garden because they follow me around and eat up all the grubs and termites I uncover. Turning nuisance bugs into eggs makes me very happy. If I can keep them from eating the chard and scratching up the garlic I’ll be very happy. Looking forward to reading the book. Thanks!

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  • Deb Anderson April 6, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I really need these books because I just got chickens a week and a half ago and I am in the process of putting in gardens right now. I really really want to see what a chicken garden looks like. Do you plant them in rows, use the scatter method, or is it better to plant them on hills like strawberries? When do you harvest them? Can I keep eggs from this years chickens and plant them next year? ; )

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  • daisy April 6, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I am looking forward to having chickens once we move. For now, I am reading up on them. I think my first chicken will be Mrs. Cluck and maybe I’ll name some after some of my favorite women (s)heros.

    There once was a chicken from France,
    Who went into the garden wearing pants.
    She clucked and she pecked,
    And looked just a wreck,
    And then she decided to dance!

    Best wishes to all who enter the giveaway!

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  • Crystal April 6, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I am a first time owner keeper. I wanted a theme to name my chickens with that I could use forever, so I picked flowers! Here are my names:
    Tigerlilly- barred rock – she is our benevolent leader
    Buttercup- buff orpington- she’s yellow and pretty
    Poppy- Rhode island red – she was always flying when she was little!
    Fern- black australorp- not a flower, I know, but she is the most subdued of the bunch it works for her!

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  • Sarah Longman April 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I LOVE all my 16 chickens, my kids and I can’t stop picking out new baby chicks every time we go to FHA. We started with 4, and now they have taken over the yard! We have a summer and winter home (the green house) for them and the only place they are not allowed is the deck (I have to have a poop free zone). I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my yard to beautiful and chicken friendly. A CHICKEN WONDERLAND of Happiness.

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  • Kirsten April 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I love my chickens. The current ones are named Ocean, Little Brown and HennyPenny. My all time favourite name for one of our chooks though was Henny Penny The Sky Is Falling Wyandotte, who we called Dotty for short. She really was a ‘sky-is-falling’ type, and she was dotty (figuratively and literally) to boot :)

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  • Heather W. April 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I just saw the book “Free Range Chicken Gardens” on Amazon last week! I thought it looked really interesting and added it to my wishlist. This will be our first time having chickens and the book sounds like a wonderful guide to having chickens and a garden…together.

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  • Jennifer Albanese April 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    My children name all the chickens…
    Astrid, Sunset, Indigo, Kali, Arianna, Spotso, Maggie, and Prince.

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  • Jacqui April 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I would really love this book because my husband and I just purchased our first home and we are seriously wanting chickens to complete our backyard garden!

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  • Sophia April 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I *really* need this book because I would like to have chickens but have been too ‘chicken’ to take the plunge yet… Surely this book will provide the confidence I need to jump in!

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  • Sheila April 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Ok, I really REALLY need this book so I can do some serious “chicken gardening” before the Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop tour this summer We have had our girls for 1 year so I KNOW what they DO eat (everything that was there) time to plant again. …;-).

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  • Dee/reddirtramblings April 7, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Love what you’ve done with the place. The burlap is inspired. Keep up the great work T-Loe!~~Dee

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  • Anne April 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I really, really need this book because I’m getting ready to have chickens, and I want to create a sustainable environment where they are part of the garden, not just locked up in a corner.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  • Melissa April 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I would love to win the books! My dad was raised by his Grandmother & her sisters. I think naming the hens after my dad’s “Old Hens” would be great. So I hope to have a Matilda, Hildy, May Bell, Claire & Helen in the backyard soon!

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  • Gail April 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I NEED this book, so I can install some “pet” chickens in our backyard, which is rapidly becoming one large garden, thanks to my son, his ability to start seeds, and our collective joy in eating things we have grown…now I want to grow some chickens! (To eat their eggs, not them)

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  • AJ April 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Previously enjoyed having chickens but gave them away when we took a verrrry long trip, years ago. Neighbors around me have custom designed Taj Mahal chicken coops, and they number and grade their eggs, so I am a little intimidated by all that. I just want chickens again since they eat weeds and bugs and are so busy and interesting, pretty and sociable. Chickens first, then bees, hopefully.

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  • Asheville Farm April 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I love chickens because they make me feel like a million bucks every time I go out to see them. I know they’re probably overjoyed to see me because I represent handouts — but it still works for me! Your new book looks lovely.

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  • ten April 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    our chickens are named:

    foghorn leghorn, called leggy
    road runner (our escape artist)

    i’d love this book because we’re adding a garden this year, and i’m intrigued by the idea of integrating the two.
    thanks for the great contest, ten

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  • Stephanie April 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I really want chickens but don’t know where to start (or how to convince my husband!) and think this book sounds like a great help!

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  • waggie April 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I really really REALLY need this book because I tried for the first time to get some things planted early and my hens got into my row covers and ate everything… even the celery roots I had over wintered and were starting to grow back. We almost had chicken soup for dinner…

    Our hens are pets and were named by our kids. The favorite hen is a white bantam Cochin named Neecy. She is almost always being held by my middle child who is convinced that she likes to sit on her lap and swing. And yes, she still lays almost everyday!

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  • Laura April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    We are in the process of house hunting and allowing chickens is a must-have! I want to name our ladies Minerva Louise (love those books), Gonzo’s Desire (came to while watching the new Muppet Movie), Dessie, Gladys & Opal (affectionately named after ladies from my previous church where I was the youngest member). If I have a rooster I would call him Hank because that name is fitting for a stud.

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  • Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life April 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I have four new chicks. Had to finally get some for my garden and for the eggs. So exciting. This book looks wonderful. I love my chicks. Best thing I have done in a long time.

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  • Kim April 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I used to take care of chickens at a no-kill rescue sanctuary and now am thinking that it is time to raise my own. This book looks so informative!

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  • K. Henderson April 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I really need this book because my hens dig up my plants. They are banned from the garden area!

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  • Nerissa April 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My ladies have started laying again (hazzah spring) and it’s impressive how many eggs six lazy hens can produce. And how much yard they can destroy. Both sound like good books. I’m in!

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  • Kara April 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Yay, chickens! I totally need this book because I can only spend so much time chasing the chickens out out of my plants with a stick. My three chicas are Marta, Greta, and Liesel, unintentionally named after the kids in “The Sound of Music.” Ooh! And if I ever got a rooster, I could name him Captain Von Trapp! Except the potential incest factor would be kind of disgusting. Nevermind. :)

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  • Evelyn April 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    First, I really like the new look of your blog and congratulations for being in the book, your coop is very cool and inspiring. I hope one day to have either written my own book or at the very least have my garden be in someone’s book.
    There are two things that really caught my attention in your overview of the ‘Free-Range Chicken Gardens’ book; 1) lists of plants the chickens can use, and 2) fun stuff, like how to train chickens. Both of these reminded me of when I had Bobwhite Quail, I raised them without any knowledge, named them, and trained them… people from all over the county would drive by to see the trained free-range Quail and ask questions about raising and living with them. It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had.
    I plan on having Quail (again) and Chickens, soon. This time I would like to know what I’m doing ahead of time. And so the reason I really, REALLY I need to win either of the book giveaways is so that I can utilize what I learn, and experience, to inspire others.

    Thanks for making this available!

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  • Curt April 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    there once was a chicken named lady
    whose dealing with eggs was quite shady
    she would endeavor to hide
    her eggs by her side
    but she always gave them up quite tamely

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  • brenda drayer April 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I need this book because I do various programs on Urban Gardening and incorporate chickens into the garden/backyard with my talks throughout various cities. I would like to use it as an example and hopefully others will use it too. Our city of Fort Wayne, Indiana currently has an ordinance against chickens within city limits. I think your book could not only show members of the city governement the value of having chickens in the garden, and also the people I am trying to recruit to help fight this.

    I would also be interested in selling it at our local farmers markets if you would like.

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  • Cathy April 11, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I have 3 chicks (my first) I could use all the help I can get.I started eating free range eggs 2 years ago and can’t go back so I though I would do my own. I have a 2 ac. organic garden and 6 grandbabies to help.I’m hope to teach them good eating habits.These books would help me do it right the first time! If I win I will let you know how it is going!

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  • Mad potter April 11, 2012 at 5:48 am

    As a gardener…….l the plot thickens and it’s time for Chickens!!!

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  • Matt fennell April 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

    There once was a chicken named Shirley
    Who was more than a little bit squirrelly
    She’d chase after dogs and try to eat frogs
    And cuddle up with me so girly

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  • Matt fennell April 11, 2012 at 6:16 am

    A giant red rooster named Max
    Had narrowly escaped farmers axe
    He’d crow all day long like something was wrong
    So they sealed his beak shut with some wax

    (no roosters were harmed writing this limerick)

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  • Julie April 11, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Hi Theresa,

    My husband and I really, REALLY need these books because we are moving away from a townhouse in the city to the wonderful open spaces in the country and cannot WAIT to get started with organic gardening, chickens and possibly even some honey bees and fruit trees. We watch Growing a Greener world TV and have been so inspired by you, Chef Nathan and everyone on the staff. We just love the way you set up your own garden with the chickens…so inspiring. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! Julie

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  • Julie April 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

    My 3-week old chicks are named:
    Lucy, Marcie, Frieda, Peppermint Patty, Sally… sensing a theme here? AND, Sue Sylvester (the bossy blonde).

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  • Khadijah April 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

    We really need this book because my grandma, who was the chicken lady in our family, is no longer with us. I think the wisdom and ideas in this book would be the next best thing to her being there!

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  • Debi Titus April 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I love, love, love chickens! Watching them pecking around and making the “chicken sounds? they make is as relaxing as it can get! It is like mental health! I need this book because like so many others I have heard that chickens shouldn’t be in your garden because they eat up all the good stuff – which I don’t believe is true, unless you consider all bugs as good stuff! :)

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  • Dhyana K. April 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I love chickens! I have had yard birds (referred to as ‘The Ladies’) many times over the years, and I really miss not having them now. A book about chickens would be awesome to have and to review online … how cool is that!

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  • Christine April 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I would love this book because I really want to start raising chickens. Thank you Theresa for the opportunity to win your book. “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.” -Aesop

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  • Kristy A. April 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I really really need this book because I know nothing about chicken and my 18 yr old senior boy says he wants to build a coop and bring his science teachers chickens home on the last day of school! help!

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  • shanyn April 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I would lOVE to have these books as we area planning a part-time free range chicken backyard for our 4 newly acquired hens named: Goldie, Red, Faith and Curious George (ironically, George the pullet is showing early signs of MAYBE being a rooster….not allowed in our neck-o-the-urban lots).

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  • Jessie April 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Henny Penny chicken o’mine!
    Oh how you make evey day shine!
    You brighten my day in every small way
    and give me joy to last all time!

    I LOVE my hens :) And especially Penny. I think that every flock should have a Penny. And a Ginger. My neighbors hens are named Nugget, and Gertrude. LOL

    I’d really love this book because I like to lay on my porch swing snuggled up with my hens and I think that they would enjoy reading about it. :)

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  • Gabrielle W. April 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

    A list of cute chicken names? Well a few of the chickens in our flock– Hatchly, Gingerbread Man, Lullaby, Miss Milly, Afro Man, Snow White, Chuckabow, Annie, Ugly Duckling, Dorkis, and Mr. Rooster

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  • carrie April 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I am ready to add chickens to my garden…I would love this book or I may just try to copy your darling coop! LOVE!!!!!

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  • Sue D April 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

    We already have chickens but they don’t get to free range enough because of destroying my garden so I need this book!

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  • Jeremy April 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Chickens would make wonderful companions! I would want a few to live in my garden and help provide chicken manure and control the pest population.

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  • Bev April 12, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I really need the book to help me decide whether raising our own chickens is a good idea…

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  • Carmen April 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    When we had all our hens, these are the names we used for the groups: Opal, Ruby, Babs – all Barred Rock, Henrietta, Gertie, (a name I can’t remember) – all Buff Orpingtons, Faith, Hope, Charity – all Silver Laced Wyandottes. We also had Precious and Prissy who were individual breeds. Sadly, we had a rough spring with regards to predators and are only down to two – Opal and Precious.

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  • Michele April 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    As a child we had many different animals on a small farm,goats,horses,pigs,geese,and chickens. Growing up around farm animals helped teach us about responsibility,being reliable, and just being aware of where some of our foods come from (other than a grocery store)also a general love for animals and nature.I wouldn’t trade that experience of growing up for anything. Now that I have two children of my own,I would love to pass on that experiance. Given the size of our property chickens would be the perfect place to start. Since I love my garden,the thought of incorporating chickens in it sounds exciting!These books would be just the thing to help us get started.By the way, my favorite chicken growing up was named “La La, because my Granny had told me that when the chickens clucked they were really singing ,la,la,la. Great memories!

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  • megan April 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I won!!!!

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