Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens

By Lauren Scheuer
This delightful memoir about life with a spirited, sometimes reckless flock of backyard chickens inspired by the author s popular blog, Scratch and Peck includes color photographs and imaginative illustrations throughout.
When longtime illustrator and lover of power tools Lauren Scheuer was looking for a project, she got the idea to raise backyard chickens. Her husband and teenage daughter looked on incredulously as coop sketches and chicken-raising books filled their New England home. But when the chicks arrived, the whole family fell in love with the bundles of fluff and the wild adventures began.
"Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens "stars Scheuer s backyard chickens with their big personalities, friendships, rivalries, and secrets and the flock s guardian, Marky the terrier. The flock includes Hatsy, the little dynamo; Lil White, the deranged and twisted Buff Orpington; Pigeon, the fixer-upper chicken; and Lucy, the special-needs hen who bonds with Lauren and becomes a fast friend.
This charming story of Lauren s life with her quirky flock is filled with moments of humor and heartbreak: When Lucy is afflicted with a neurological disease, Lauren builds Lucy a special-needs coop. When Lucy s nesting instinct leads
Lauren to act as a chicken midwife of sorts, Lauren hatches a chick in her home. And when Lucy s best friend Hatsy falls ill, Lauren finds an unlikely friend for Lucy in a chicken named Pigeon, who requires an emergency bath and blow-dry. Enthusiastically immersing herself in the world of her flock, Lauren discovers that love, loss, passion, and resilience are not only parts of the human experience, but of the chicken experience as well. Throughout it all, Lauren documents the laughter and drama of her flock s adventures with her own whimsical photos and illustrations. At once humorous, poignant, and informative, "Once Upon a Flock "is a feathered tale like no other."

This book is like a cool breath of fresh air on a hot summer day. It s full of delight, whimsy, joy, and hilarity, yet it goes much deeper than that. Each member of this little flock has her own personality traits, quirks, preferences, and logic. Some are compassionate and nurturing, others are competitive and mean-spirited. With her photos and drawings throughout the book, Scheuer entertains, teaches, and captivates the reader. You will learn more about chickens than you ever thought possible, and will fall in love with them along the way. I highly recommend this book! --Stacey O Brien, author of Wesley the Owl


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Publisher Atria Books
Publish date 03/01/2013
Pages 243
ISBN-13 9781451698701
Language English

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