Guide To Backyard Chickens Review

The Chicken Chick Book Review

How many of you are familiar with Kathy Shea Mormino over at The Chicken Chick?  She’s been blogging about raising healthy chickens for several years and has a new book available, The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens.

Kathy goes into great detail about raising chickens in your backyard based on years of research and hands on experience.  I’m going to share my favorite elements, some things I learned, and who this book is best suited, because at one time or another you may have raised chickens and we all have our own way of doing things.

I’ll be sharing my review including an opportunity to win her book here for existing and new subscribers of Garden Up Green. Entry details will be towards the bottom.

Guide to Backyard Chickens Review

Best Suited For

I was excited to receive this book in the mail and it stands by the title, Guide to Backyard Chickens.  I can honestly say this book is perfect for anyone who will be raising their chickens as pets.  This means your chickens will have names and it’s been my experience most of these folks live in the suburbs or right outside the city limits on small acreage where raising chickens is more for fresh eggs and companionship.

Kathy goes into great detail teaching you how to raise a healthy, happy flock of hens. With 12 chapters each one is packed with information that will assist you every step of the way.

Gardening with Chickens

Favorite Elements

First and foremost, the photography is excellent, it’s something that I’ve always enjoyed about following Kathy on social media her chicken pictures tell a story of their own.  She raises a mixed flock of 50 and many of the breeds are unique verses traditional every day chickens.

This is why I really enjoyed Chapter 4 – it’s difficult to find a chicken book that covers breeds in such detail.  I found Choosing your Chickens, Select Wisely chapter very helpful filled with details that are often overlooked. When consumers set off to go chicken shopping it’s very rare the staff at feed stores will be able to answer your questions so you need to do your research ahead of time.

Little things like, temperament, climate, broodiness and egg color will be helpful information when it comes time to selecting the type of flock you want to raise.  I’ve always stuck with same breed flocks but as you’ll see through her book a mixed flock offers a great deal of variety.

My other favorite chapter was the Landscape and Gardening with Chickens.  Just the opening image alone makes you smile and welcomes the idea of gardening with chickens.  She touches on plant selection and my favorite Garden Up because that really is key especially if you grow vegetables.

Guide To Raising Chickens Review I'm old School

Things I Learned

Did I learn anything, well I really did beginning in Chapter 7, Health Basics Part 1.  The opening paragraph reminded me I’m still old school as I raise chickens much like my great grandmother or grandmother would have, for the primary purpose of eggs and meat.  I always referred to my hens as…. “Chick, chick, chickies” watching them come running was fun to watch…

At the very end of this paragraph, where it says…. “Times have changed” I realize times really have and throughout the book she references caring for the family dog is similar to caring for chickens.  I actually liked this comparison because it helped me understand where those who raise chickens as pets are coming from.

So, whether you’ve been raising chickens as pets for a while or you’re thinking about getting started this is the perfect guide, outlined in detail where backyard chicken owners will appreciate Kathy’s knowledge and passion for raising chickens.

The Chicken Chick Guide to Backyard Chickens Review

Giveaway Opportunity

If you’d like to win a copy of this book you’re in the right place because I’m going to make this super easy.

Existing GUG Subscriber – Do nothing because you’re already eligible.

If you’re new and would like to participate then all you do is >>Subscribe Here.


Additional Details: Giveaway ends Thursday, October 5th, 2017 @ 8pm central

One Winner will receive an email from Garden Up Green requesting your mailing address

You must be 18 years or older to submit and located here in the USA


  1. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    My neighbors just started raising chicks and I didn’t even think that was possible where I live. Actually I’m still not sure but I won’t tell. This looks like an amazing book and I’m sure whoever wins it will love it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Carole says:

      All those chickens rules crack me up… Kathy actually goes into that as well in the very beginning because she’s had to fight that too.

  2. daisy says:

    We are still pondering whether we will be raising chickens for eggs or not. Kathy is really knowledgeable about the subject, so I’m sure she did quite an excellent job with the information. Glad you enjoyed the book and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Carole says:

      She is very knowledgeable and loves her birds. Just the food and water chapter alone takes diet to a new level. Did you know you could ferment Chicken feed? I didn’t even know it was a thing.

  3. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Looks like an amazing book so it will be gifted to my daughter as she is the one with the chickens.
    Thank U 4 this great giveaway opportunity

    1. Carole says:

      You’re welcome and the book really is amazing and perfect for backyard chicken owners.

    2. Carole says:

      Hey Colleen – out of many many emails you won! If you could email me your address (Use the Contact Form) I get that off to you next week.
      Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

      1. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

        Thank You so very much.
        Sent you email with my address.
        May you also have a wonderful and fun weekend

  4. Vickie says:

    I love her blog too- she has a lot of information to share about raising chickens. Thanks for the chance!

    1. Carole says:

      You’re welcome -she does have a lot of good information to share on raising chickens. I really liked that chapter about choosing breeds…

  5. Kathy Wynne says:

    Thank you for the chance to win Kathy’s book. I visit her blog a lot and her photos are beautiful. Also Carol I turn to your blog for info on quail!

    1. Carole says:

      Hello Kathy – You’re welcome~ Her photos are great and she’s always sending me quail referrals which is really nice…

  6. Charlene Dryman says:

    I would love to live in an open space so I could free-range my chickens, but here in the city we are a bird sanctuary. So the hawks take an interest in my chickens every day. But, would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    1. Carole says:

      Hawks in the city, that sounds interesting. I bet you have a nice set up.

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