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Fresh Eggs Daily {Book Review + Giveaway!}

I first met Lisa Steele when she emailed me about my Boogers and Jesus blogsite. She had paid me a visit, and needed some help figuring out how to rearrange something on her own blog. I was happy to help, because, let's face it -- this woman is someone I very much looked up to in the Chicken community, and I was more excited than I should have been that she emailed me!

The email grew into facebook friends request, and the facebook friends request grew into the beginning of friendship. I'd venture to say she's a friend, not just because she has helped me numerous times with my own chickens, but her integrity through personal issues that I've seen her struggle through is absolutely incredible. I cannot commend her anymore than I do. She is a beautiful person inside and out, which is one of the main reasons I just knew her book would be equally as fabulous.

A couple of weeks ago Lisa sent me her first book, Fresh Eggs Daily, for me to read, write a book review and then send it off to a special chicken lover on my blog. I am absolutely ecstatic to tell you about this book. I wish I would have purchased it when I first got started with chickens -- but, you live and learn.

The book arrived in the mail just a few days after she said she was sending it out -- and it is signed by none other than the crazy chicken lady herself. It's adorable, to say the least. Its compact size and the quality of paper and images through out the book are quite enjoyable. The book is incredibly easy to navigate through, and I love how Lisa has easily 'recapped' at the end of each chapter -- making it easy for simple minded people like me to simply flip to the back of each topic to see what things I should and shouldn't use to treat, prevent, and help my chickens live as healthily as possible.

Here is the product description of the book, which you can purchase yourself from Amazon.
More than ever, Americans care about the quality and safety of the food they eat. They're bringing back an American tradition: raising their own backyard chickens for eggs and companionship. And they care about the quality of life of their chickens. Fresh Eggs Daily is an authoritative, accessible guide to coops, nesting boxes, runs, feed, and natural health care with time-tested remedies.  The author promotes the benefits of keeping chickens happy and well-occupied, and in optimal health, free of chemicals and antibiotics. She emphasizes the therapeutic value of herbs and natural supplements to maintaining a healthy environment for your chickens. Includes many "recipes" and  8 easy DIY projects for the coop and run. Full color photos throughout. 
The USDA's new study of urban chicken raising sees a 400% increase in backyard chickens over the next 5 years, driven by younger adults.

Fresh Eggs Daily is not a book for you if you prefer chemical treatments, which I often compare to "get rich quick" schemes -- you could care less about the product and what it does, as long as it benefits you and allows you to not "deal" with the issues of real life.

Lisa's book talks about how to incorporate herbs into the coop, nesting boxes, their feed and water, and through out your property. There's information about their dust bath area, landscaping your chicken run if you cannot allow your chickens to free range, how to help them through molts and the seasonal changes...and so much more. This book isn't just for the novice chicken keeper, but also for the well seasoned one who is uneducated about all natural husbandry skills.

I cannot recommend this book anymore than I have to EVERY SINGLE chicken lover and owner that I know, especially those considering getting chickens. This book has inspired me to create my own herb garden this coming Spring and to incorporate herbs and all natural living into my chicken coop as a preventative and immunity booster.

The greatest thing that chicken lovers and readers of this book need to understand is that herbal remedies do work when used on a regular basis. We recently made our own lifestyle change, trying to switch over to a more all natural diet -- fermented foods, less grains, and more over all "cunchiness". The results in our own bodies have been amazing, which is what really drew me into Lisa's all natural chicken keeping in this book. If all-natural living does amazing things to my own body (and my husband and toddler sons body!), then I cannot imagine how much it can improve the lifestyle of fragile chickens. Chickens are such fragile animals when it comes to their health. Since they are one of the lowest on the food chain, they very rarely show signs of sickness and injury until it has gone too far. It is my utmost responsibility to offer them the best that I can if I am going to take on the responsibility of raising them, and consistent herbal preventative is, in my opinion, absolutely necessary to those of use raising our animals all naturally.

There have been many times that I've gone to the internet in search of ways to naturally help my chickens, even if they aren't sick. And each and every time it has taken me to Lisa's website and directed me to her book. And now, I completely understand why!

I love this book. Period. It's light, it's fun, it's informative -- loaded with information, DIY's and recipes. It is clearly written by someone who has an education in this field of knowledge. I can't wait to read it all over again and have it on my bookshelf rather than dashing to the internet to try and "help" my chickens. Thank you for writing this, Lisa. What an incredible book it is!!

Lisa is currently in the process of writing her second book, which is scheduled to be published in Fall of 2015. Be on the lookout for it! And I'll update you as soon as it is announced as well.


Here's what you have to do in order to be entered to win.

1. "Like" Boogers and Jesus on Facebook.
2. "Like" Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook.
3. Follow us both on Twitter (optional)
4. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite 
thing is about homesteading and/or chickens.


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Don't have a facebook or twitter page? That's ok too! Simply shoot me an email with your information (name and email) and I will enter you into the drawing!!

Congratulations Cathy Denning Evans Conley!! You are the winner of the Fresh Eggs Daily book!!


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