Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn? Foreword INDIES Silver Award Winner
November 28, 2017
File Size: 76 MB
Available File Formats: PDF AZW3 DOCX EPUB MOBI TXT or Kindle audiobook Audio CD(Several files can be converted to each other)
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch, chinese
“From decoding squawks to mapping out flock hierarchies and dealing with squabbles in the henhouse, How to Speak Chicken is the ultimate guide to keeping all of your ducks – make that chickens – in a row.” — Country Living “Get to know what all the different ‘bawks’ mean and how to make your hens the most comfortable with a little help from this book.” — People.com “A new spin on chickenese ready to drive any urban farming linguist mad as a wet hen with joy.” — Library Journal “If you’re even remotely thinking about raising chickens, or you know someone who is getting into a chicken keeping, get this book, you’ll learn so much about flock keeping.” — HGTV.com “A true delight that is filled with love and plenty of gorgeous illustrations.” — Forbes.com “Prepare to be surprised, delighted and humbled.” — Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology “A delightfully refreshing look at the backyard flock that transcends the basics of food, water, health, and shelter. Learn to listen to your chickens to know how they are doing. Learn their language, and you just might catch them talking about you!” — Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief, Mother Earth News “Melissa’s enthusiasm for chickens, like my own, knows no bounds. Chickens are both amusing and practical and, as you’ll find out, they are also intelligent communicators … if you are willing to learn their language! This book provides fascinating insight and practical tips for fowl fanciers everywhere.” — P. Allen Smith, television host, writer, and professional gardener “I loved How to Speak Chicken.” — Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation From the Back Cover Get the Scoop from the Coop Chickens speak volumes if you know how to listen! Understand your feathered friends better with best-selling author and longtime chicken keeper Melissa Caughey’s firsthand insights into how chickens interact with each other and the world around them. How do flocks establish a pecking order? How do chickens learn from each other? How do hens talk to their chicks? How do chickens express their emotions? How do chickens greet each other? About the Author Melissa Caughey is the author of Chicken Wisdom Frame-Ups and the best-selling books How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, master gardener, and freelancer who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey has been featured in many national publications and can be found speaking on an array of topics at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Read more <div id="
I picked this up at a local feed store while I was waiting to get my chicken feed loaded into my truck. When I checked Amazon for it, I found it available on Kindle and saved a bunch of cash buying it that way. It’s a good book for novices to backyard pet chickens and would be very interesting for children, too. I used one of the techniques suggested and that was to imitate sounds that your chickens make. I imitated my rooster, who apparently was offended by what I said and he came at me. I did it again, and so did he. Moral of the story is that this book is so on point that I no longer imitate the rooster.
I expected this book to be all about figuring out how to ‘communicate’ with your chickens by learning their body language and some of the basic vocalizations they make. There was only one or two pages of that. Most of this book was chicken facts, which I’ll be honest, I didn’t know some of the things in the book but still not exactly what I was expecting.
Whether you are just getting started with chickens or have more than you can count, this book will answer questions that you didn’t even know to ask. The author, Melissa Caughey has a magical way of sharing her common sense approach to raising chickens, in a way that is easy for anyone to understand.This book covers the essentials but also helps people understand how chickens think and feel and why they do the weird things they do. The book is really well researched and it explains the reasons behind chicken’s behaviors and needs. It covers everything from raising chicks, to roosters, to flock size to saying goodbye. However, what is so different about this book versus others AND what I love most about this book is it is written from Melissa’s perspective as a real-life person that keeps chickens in her backyard. She is not a farmer with hundreds of chickens, she is a mom, living in a town, with a typical flock in a standard backyard.So many people who gets chickens for the first time, always says “OMG, I never knew they were so smart, had so much personality, or that I could love them so much” — it is like this huge revelation! In “How to Speak Chicken” Melissa Caughey writes about what she sees and what she is experiencing with her flock and you feel like it is personal and real and you can feel how much she loves and understands her little flock. She gets it, and she raises her chickens the way I want to to raise mine – with lots of love and compassion. I feel it, in my heart, when she wrote about chicken feeling loss and the friendships between chickens, and I relate when she talks about chicken’s ability to help people through tough times because that is what it is really like to have chickens. So if you are looking for a book that will tell you what it is really like to have chickens, this is the book for you.Just one more thing, I am kind of a chicken geek and have shelves and shelves of chicken books that I never open again after I read them. However, Melissa Caughey’s previous book – A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens (no, its not just for kids) is pulled and used all the time, the pages are all highlighted and folded back with writing in the margins from use and I’ve made that darn chicken coin purse with families more times than I can count. Whenever I am talking to anyone about getting started, I always pull that book out, I know, this book is going to be the same way.
This book is good for the novice hobbyist chicken rearer. It describes many chicken “fun facts” and what their needs/wants might be, given the time of year. After reading this book, I have a greater appreciation for my backyard egg providers. Despite this, I wish more information were given about the actual communication between chickens. Given that I’ve spent several years with chickens, I got the impression that this book was geared towards novices and potential future hobbyists. I don’t think there is much to be gained here for the more experienced backyard chicken reader.
This is a beautiful little book. It is definitely worth purchasing the “paperback,” which is actually heavy duty glossy pages, over the kindle version. Rather than just another book about chicken care (illness, egg development, housing), Melissa delves into both the mind and brain of a chicken. Their behavior both as an individual and a member of the flock, how their brains processes the world around them, even the emotions they show with one another. I was afraid the book was mostly going to be opinion based on the author’s observations of her own flock. Rather, it was a fascinating compilation of facts drawn from a variety of scientific sources (some listed in the back) with examples she believes to have seen in her own flock. Being both a science-minded person and animal lover, this book is delightful.
Is this the ultimate “chicken keeping” book? No–but it’s not trying to be. This is the book that goes beyond chick starter and brooder temps. It delves into chicken social structures, psychology, intelligence, and tells some awesome stories. This is the book you read if you are fascinated by chickens and want to know as much about their inner lives as (humanly) possible. I’d go so far as to say, for chicken enthusiasts, it’s a great addition to the library. It’s fun, sweet, and full of enthusiasm and information for and about chickens.
My sister started raising chickens last year and I recently bought this for her thinking it would be a funny book to read and laugh over. Boy, was I wrong! It’s a serious book loaded with thought provoking insights into the world of chickens. I started flipping through the book and have started reading it myself. Sorry, Sister dear gets a second hand book!! ; ) But she’ll understand!
Pleasant, easy read.But I was disappointed, I really didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know about chickens. You could gleen all the interesting facts by reading them on the images of the book in the reviews. I wouldn’t waste yr money. I already have a collection of chicken books that are a good source for info. This bk neither gives a lot of pertinent info and few interesting facts.
I find it hard to believe Melissa is best selling author. There are 7 pages explaining the sounds of chickens. 7 pages which like the rest of the book are extremely light on text. It could’ve actually been presented on one page. The author has padded out the book with little biographies on people who keep chickens and a lot of general information on chickens available elsewhere. Some of it is informative like the (brief) explanation of the developing chicken ..but if that’s what I wanted to read about I wouldn’t’ve bought this book
Quite light on content, this book is not really informative or useful. The author shares her observations on her chickens, and some anecdotes are cute and funny, but doesn’t really add much to what I can observe in my flock without having read the book. You can find most of the content, if not more, on the author’s own blog for free.Disappointed given the raving reviews.If anything I would classify this as a children’s book, good way to get them to learn about chickens and love them.
Not really informative of chicken care. More anecdotes than a reference.Bit disappointed. Book rather expensive
This is the best chicken book I’ve come across and I’m a chicken book addict! Really recommend this book to any chicken lover, whether you are new to chickens, thinking of getting them or have had th for generations, this book is perfect for a gift or a treat for yourself. It’s my favourite!
My daughter and her partner keep chickens and they just love this book.They were talking to the chickens before now they have complete conversations:)
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