DIY Chicken Keeping from Fresh Eggs Daily

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 21 Jan 2020

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As a novice "chicken mom" I found this book to be very informative. It gave me some great hints for my brood. I cant wait to try them ! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.
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.I enjoyed this book so much! Such a wonderful and informative book! 

 Lisa Steele, shows you in a very creative way how to build what you need to be a chicken keeper so you can have a chicken coop with happy chickens.

The book is full of interesting and easy DIY projects to get you started and to keep you going on the right track to a life of raising your chickens. 

This book was given to me by Netgalley for my professional opinion as a librarian.
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I liked this one, and I admit I reviewed it for personal reasons, to learn more for my little backyard chicken flock.  I came away with a few ideas to add to my little coop.  The pictures were great, and the projects were some I hadn't thought about!  I love Lisa Steele, and her blog, so it was fun to come up with a few projects I could use!  I highly recommend for anyone with chickens!

Thanks to Net Galley for the advanced copy.
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DIY Chicken Keeping Projects from Fresh Eggs Daily is a new tutorial and project book for DIY enthusiasts by Lisa Steele. This is a nice follow up to her last DIY chicken hacks book and a fun addition to the flock-keeper's library. Due out 11th Feb 2020 from Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 160 pages and will be available in paperback format.

The logical format is appealing and easy to understand. The author has a breezy chatty style of writing that is more conversational and encouraging than dry and strictly instructional. Reading the book felt more like a cup of tea and long chat with a good friend than a classroom lecture. That really appealed to me. The introduction includes some background for writing the book which segues into a discussion of tools and supplies and safety.

The projects are roughly grouped thematically: quick & easy, handy/labor saving, pallet projects/upcycling, and weekend projects. The projects are rated by difficulty (1-3 eggs) and include an introduction, materials & tools lists (in US standard measures), pictures and tutorial directions. Many of them also include extra tips in colored sidebars. The instructions are well written and easy to follow.

The photography is very clear and full of lovely, appealing, and healthy chickens. There's a useful resource list (aimed mostly at North American readers) and a handy index at the back of the book.

Well written and appealing. Would make a nice gift for a beginning backyard chicken-herder (or soon-to-be).

Five stars.
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A great resource book that has filled in many of the gaps in my chicken raising venture.  I'm a novice but there are many sections that would be of help to those with more knowledge than I have.  This is just an all around good book to share.
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Liked the concept but sadly couldn’t open the file. Tried several different formats and couldn’t make them work. Revised: was finally able to find a way to open it on my computer (not the kindle or Ipad though). A cute and easy book for a DIY person. Geared for women, but still would be doable for anyone. Quite a few ideas on small projects to make for chickens, and would be a handy reference book. Would recommend.
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DIY Chicken Keeping from Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele was a breath of fresh air! New to owning chickens and loVing every minute of owning two little crackers called Gertie and Ruby they have been spoilt. I loVed making a few things for them and they love the homemade swing and feeding station/dolly I made for them. I did make the boot tree stand It came out great and very handy for my Wellies.....Now I need to make another one for my Hubby's boots, as he nicked my stand for his boots now! lol
Looking forward making more things for them next year, especially as I found it easy to make and follow throughout the amazing illustrations throughout this wonderful book.
You will also find other brilliant things to make etc for your chickens and  its packed with wonderful ideas to make for your home as well throughout this book.

I highly recommend this book......It is colourful with great illustrations throughout and so easy to follow, especially as you may have some of the materials within your home.

Big Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry and Netgalley for letting me read and review this wonderful book. A must for any Chicken Lover!
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This is the perfect book for anyone who is starting out raising small flocks of chickens! If you have an established coop, this is still a good book because there are still some projects you may not have. The projects range from necessary for your coop to cute additions that make any coop chic and functional. There are so many projects for chickens and chicks that range from really easy to needs a little more effort all the way to repurposing a shed or playhouse. There is information about tools used, tools for a toolbox, metric conversions, materials used, and resources for materials. I love the photos throughout and gave me tons of ideas for my coop! I can't gush enough about how perfect this book is.
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This was a fun and interesting DIY book. It had some great sections for the projects that made sense, such as quick and easy, handy, pallet and weekend. A lot of the projects looked quite fun, such as chick roosting bar, swinging bench, feeding station and roadside egg stand. The instructions were easy to follow as well.
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This book is so much fun, but it helps if you have the tools to make the projects, as well as chickens to make the projects for.

But, if you have both, you are good to go.

The directions are quite clear. The projects are fun for both you and your chickens, and make it into more than just a generic coop. Plus, you give your chickens something to do, such as a swing in the coop, or a mirror, or a place to hide when the hawks show up looking for a little dinner.

Well written, clear, and fun. What else can you ask for in a combination for a book.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Build a better life for your chickens! Join Lisa Steele, chicken keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, to learn how to build just about everything you might need for your coop, run, or farmhouse kitchen. Whether you're a DIY novice looking for an easy win or a more experienced builder looking for chicken-specific projects, you've come to the right place!

The chapters are packed with a variety of ideas, covering every skill level: The Basics: Lisa will tell you what tools you absolutely need, the ins and outs of pallets, and a few special skills, like how to transfer lettered designs to wood. 

Quick and Easy Projects: Get started with projects that take minutes or hours, not days! From a decorative cutting board coop sign and paned window coop mirror to more functional projects like a clothespin herb drying rack and dropping board, you're sure to find the right starter project. 

Handy Projects: Ready to take on a slightly more challenging build? Try the removable coop ladder roost, boot tree stand, feed dolly, chick-sized jungle gym, or chicken-proof herb garden.

Pallet Projects: What's better than DIY projects? DIY projects made from free wood! Use pallets in all forms (whole, partial, and boards) for the projects in this chapter.  Make a coop tool holder, chick roosting bar, swinging bench, feeding station, coop shutters, compost bin, and so much more.

Weekend Projects: More time doesn't necessarily mean frustrating or too difficult. The ambitious, yet easy-to-follow, projects in this chapter include a sliding barn coop door, a-frame integration pen, and a roadside egg stand.No matter what you need for the coop—or what your chickens might want you to build first!—you're sure to have fun as you create a coop and run that's the envy of your neighbour's flock.

I love how this book is DIY/Craft book that can decorate your home and that of your chickens as well.  I am so re-purposing my old cutting board into a sign for me (I don't have a coop) and making that herb drying rack. My sister Poppy has chickens and ducks so I can see us making about 99% of these things for her girls - I mean, if we can figure out how to preserve eggs in a water glass solution (NOT A GLASS OF WATER!) we can manage pallet crafts.  

This is a pretty specific book for people who love their chicken and their coops and those who make projects to sell to other people as crafts or chicken-related ephemera. I am basing my review in how good it works for those people, not just the general public. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🐔🐔🐓🐔🐔
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