here chickie, chickie

okay, i admit it. i want to join the throes of gardeners out there with chickens running around their yards. i’ve posted about it before, having gone on two of two local pulletpalooza tours here in the bryan/college station area. i hear austin’s funky chicken coop tour is coming up soon… lord knows they’ll have oodles of inspiring coops and gardens, tractors and critter protection solutions. unfortunately, we don’t have the “required space” for a coop at our humble abode… but thankfully, i have friends and clients who do! so i’ve been reading up on the subject in jessi bloom’s debut book, free-range chicken gardens, recently published by timber press.

jessi's new book!

i got to meet jessi when i was in seattle last summer for the garden blogger’s fling, and i gotta say, she’s a pretty cool gal. not only because she free-ranges chickens in her garden, but for her skills as a landscape designer AND installer, her positive outlook on life and family, and her no-holds-barred attitude when it comes to roller derby. yep, you should ask to see her tattoos…! her visually inspiring book covers all one might want to know about keeping such avian friends in the garden. you might just find yourself dreaming of feathers and wire mesh fabric.

to encourage all us chicken wannabe’s to take the next step toward poultry rearing, timber press is hosting an exciting giveaway, but you only have until friday february 17th to enter…! that’s in two days, people.

the goods include:

  • a copy of jessi’s book
  • a $50 gift card for chicken feed or supplies from McMurray Hatchery
  • one chicken coop plan from The Garden Coop (a $20 value), and
  • 1 lb. of organic chicken forage blend and seeds for chicken-friendly plants from Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (a $20 value)

so whatcha waiting for? get on over to the timber press contest website for all the details and enter away!

for full blog disclosure, i did not receive a free media-sponsored book from timber press, as i beat them to the punch and pre-ordered it before i found out about this contest. jessi is an acquaintance of mine, and i wish her all the best!

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