Book Review and Giveaway: A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

A review and giveaway of 's A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

You guys. I am so excited to finally get my hands on this book (and clearly from the photo above, I wasn’t the only one)! The wonderful Melissa Caughey of has just released her very first book: A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her! It’s a perfect addition to my chicken-keeping library. Furthermore, I get to give a copy away to one of you lucky readers as part of Melissa’s blog book tour (details on entering the giveaway at the end of this post)! And there are so many chances to win–the blog tour stops at different blogs for the next few weeks, so check in with the schedule at to find out where you can enter every day!

Fortunately for me, my copy arrived just in time for a weekend sleepover with the nephews, and they were more than happy to help me review it.

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The nephews spend a little quality time reading A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens with the poultry.

This is such a fun book for kids! Not only filled with lots of fabulous information and photos on the ins and outs of raising chickens, it’s also full of the most adorable, colorful illustrations that really kept the nephews (and chickens) thoroughly entertained.

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The audience is smitten.

What’s more, the book is peppered with kid-friendly science experiments, clever craft projects, yummy egg recipes, and real-life kids-keeping-chickens stories. There’s even a tear-out wall poster!

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Gertie calls dibs on the poster.

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My six-year-old nephew knew right away that he wanted to try out some crafts, so he invited over our neighbor buddies and they got to work making treasure boxes out of egg cartons. (As seen on pg. 116)

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Bedazzling egg cartons is serious business.

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I may or may not have succumbed to the siren song of rhinestones.

If you’ve got kids and chickens in your life, or know someone who does, you need this book!!!


Leave a comment on this blog post between today, March 11, 2015 and 11:59 pm, Saturday, March 14, 2015 telling me who you know (chickens or non-chickens) that would love a copy of this book, and my nephew will help me select one winner from the comments at random. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Be sure to check in daily with to see what great blogs are stops on the tour (and for more opportunities to win this fabulous book)! And don’t forget that A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is now available through Amazon and other major retailers.

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WHAT?! Chickens take baths in the dirt? But how do they get clean if they are just getting dirty? Six-year-old mind blown.

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26 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway: A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

  1. Lindsey March 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm Reply

    Love this so much! Glad my little guys could be of some service! Presstons treasure box is front and center on his dresser!

    • farmhouseK8 March 11, 2015 at 2:49 pm Reply

      Thanks for letting your kids be my blog props!!! LOL It was so fun!

  2. Coral Cottage Kim March 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm Reply

    I have chickens, no children – oh but how fun this book looks. Your photos are great. Best, Kim

  3. Debby Messner March 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm Reply

    What cute pictures. I have the perfect little person in mind for this book. Thanks .

  4. I have three kids and hopefully soon a small flock of chickens also! This book looks like a lot of fun. Thanks!

  5. Sandy March 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm Reply

    My daughter and son would love this book! Your nephew must be a very good reader. The chickens we’re listening to his every word! My son would prefer dirt baths to water baths too! 😉 Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  6. Becky Neville March 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm Reply

    Oh, that book looks darling! I love that people are inspiring a whole new generation of chicken keepers. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Pam Seitz March 11, 2015 at 8:55 pm Reply

    My little nephew, Chasen, loves to come visit my chickens. He would love to have one of Melissa’s ‘Keeping Chickens’ books and I would love to read it to him. Nice to meet you and Thank you for such a fun giveaway.

  8. patquinn01 March 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm Reply

    My mom would love a copy of this book to share with her grandchildren. She would use the craft project ideas too!

  9. April Tottle March 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm Reply

    I have the book already and my kids and I love it. I’d love to win a copy for a homeschooling friend of mine who just got her kids some chicks.

  10. youthreachintl March 12, 2015 at 12:03 am Reply

    I’d love this book to help me start a chicken project for at risk kids served by our non-profit, HeartBound Ministries. Andrea Shelton

  11. laura March 12, 2015 at 2:35 am Reply

    What a fun book! This is just what I need 🙂 I would love to read this with my son and then get chickens!!

  12. thimblenest March 12, 2015 at 3:49 am Reply

    My boys (6 and 3) love our chickens and I’m sure they would love this book!

  13. Deanna March 12, 2015 at 4:46 am Reply

    What a fun book, would love to share with my niece 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity/1

  14. Lori Benton March 12, 2015 at 12:37 pm Reply

    I have a friend with kids who is interested in starting with chickens. Would love to share this with them! Embrace your bedazzling side now and then! 🙂

  15. Heidi DeLeon March 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm Reply

    My two boys, Noah (5) and Alex (3), would LOVE this book! We are building our first coop together, and are so excited for our new adventure with chickens!

  16. Sheila March 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Looks like a good resource–and a way to get the kids involved! Great way to teach responsibility! Thanks for the post.

  17. Erin Huffstetler March 12, 2015 at 6:25 pm Reply

    My daughters would LOVE this book.

  18. Tracie Davis March 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm Reply

    My son Christopher would love this book. Christopher is 8. His favorite animal is chickens. He has been asking for some back yard chickens for almost a year now. He has been saving up money for a coop. We will be building the coop in a couple of weeks and getting him his own little flock.

  19. Jessica March 13, 2015 at 12:12 am Reply

    I’m hopping over from Tilly’s Nest to check out your blog, the book, and the giveaway! My daughter and I would *love* this book. We are very excited to get chickens someday soon. Our current residence is not chicken friendly, so we’re looking for a place where we can start with chickens and then slowly add other farm animals.

  20. Joyce March 13, 2015 at 5:53 am Reply

    I am a 70-year-old kid who would love to receive a copy of A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. (

  21. Laurie Smith March 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Looks like a wonderful book! Great for teaching my little grandkids all about chickens! We will be starting a flock this spring.

    • farmhouseK8 March 15, 2015 at 3:06 pm Reply

      Congrats, Laurie! You are our winner! Shoot me an email to with your address (the book will be mailed directly from the publisher to you). 😀

    • farmhouseK8 March 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm Reply

      Laurie!!! Where are you!!! 😦 I need to hear back from you by Thursday, March 19th, 2015, or I’ve got to pick another winner!!!

  22. Laurie Smith March 18, 2015 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Thank you for the win! Greatly appreciated! I sent you and e-mail with my address.

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