A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

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Tilly’s Nest blogger and HGTVGardens contributor Melissa Caughey’s book, A Kid’s Guide to Chickens, offers kid-friendly crafts, recipes and practical tips for raising backyard chickens.

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Learn how to collect, wash and store eggs and what to expect when your backyard chickens lay their first eggs.

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What is your chicken trying to tell you? Melissa translates the secret language of chickens.

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What breed is right for you? Size, hardiness and personality all come into play when selecting the best birds for your coop.

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Chickens get bored too. A “chicken piñata” hung in the coop will keep them entertained for hours.

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It’s never too early to pick up a baby chick, but handle with care. Regular contact will establish trust that will last into adulthood. Always wash your hands before and after handling baby chicks.

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What do chickens eat? A balanced diet will keep the flock happy and healthy.

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Many health problems can be managed at home. Learn what to look for and keep a chicken first-aid kit on hand to tend to minor chicken emergencies.

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Chickens love to play in the garden, but can make a mess. Consider planting a chicken-friendly garden for your fine feathered friends.

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Check in on your chickens every day. Keep the coop tidy, collect their eggs and make sure they have plenty of food and water.

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Chicken coops come in many shapes and styles. Spend some time deciding which is right for your flock before bringing them home.

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Backyard chickens mean plenty of fresh eggs. Find plenty of egg-citing recipes to enjoy any time of day.

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Melissa Caughey’s A Kids Guide to Keeping Chickens is available from Storey Publishing and at Amazon.com.

Originally: A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

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