Chicken owners know how utterly charming chickens can be. Others may not realize this. While most chickens initially become part of the family in order to contribute to the home larders in one way or another, they can blithely charm their owners with their quirky and winsome ways. No one was more surprised by this than my husband and I.
If I'd read Lauren Scheuer's Once Upon a Flock: Life With My Soulful Chickens before we got our hens two years ago, I would have known just how wonderful their personalities can be. If my husband had read it, it wouldn't have taken three years to convince him to get chickens. But this delightful romp through Lauren's backyard has only just now hit the bookstore shelves.
If you're contemplating adding backyard chickens to your life, this will make your decision easier. If you already have them, you'll certainly relate to the tales of Lucy, Lil' White, Hatsy, and Pigeon, as well as the family terrier, Marky, who is fiercely protective of the flock. There's plenty of drama, because...well...with animals, there's always drama, right?
|Lauren Scheuer and Lil' White|
Here's Violet, one of our Silver Laced Wyandottes, and the most friendly member of our own flock. She comes when I call her, she squats in submission for me to pick her up, and she's content to sit on my shoulder. And, for all the times I've held her and been her perch, she's never ever made a "mess" on me. Such a good girl.
As part of the official blog tour for Lauren's new book, I received a complimentary review copy of Once Upon a Flock and her publisher is making a copy available to one of my readers! All you need to do is leave a comment to this blog post, telling me what names you'd give your chickens if you had them, or if you already have chickens, what their names are. Remember, I'll need to contact you if you're the randomly selected winner, so be sure I've got a way to do so.
Be sure to comment by midnight, Friday, March 29th (that's Good Friday), and I'll use Random.org to select a winner from all eligible entries. Giveaway is only for US residents. (Sorry!)
Here are the other stops on the blog tour, where you can have another chance to win a copy of the book:
And for the continuing adventures of Lauren's flock, as well as the occasional "Where's Marky?" hide and seek fun, visit Lauren's blog, Scratch and Peck.
I've sent an email your way and need for you to send your mailing address so that your copy of Once Upon a Flock can be mailed! Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who entered! Special thanks to Lauren for her beautiful drawing of Violet and for asking me to be on her Virtual Book Tour!
The publisher, Atria Books, provided me with a review copy of Once Upon a Flock. The opinions expressed here are my own. There were 47 eligible entries after removing a second comment left by the same commenter and Lauren's initial comment.