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Stealing Chook Food

We love our chickens  and I can’t really imagine not having them*. Above is PudStar caught again, stealing the chook food, becuase clearly we don’t feed her.  I’ve had chickens since I was tiny – Fluffy and Duffy were the cutest silky bantams there ever was. My grandparents had a chicken farm and I adored the new baby chicks that came on the big trucks. When I found out the little fluffy things were to be eaten I went right off them, and went more for cows…which as it turned out were also to be eaten. I then turned vegetarian. I came round to the idea of the chickens being eaten when I was about ten and was offered cold hard cash to help with manure and the like. It’s amazing what you’ll do for cash.

Nowadays I’ve given up on Silkies and Frizzles and spotty Speckled Sussex and gone for your regular cross bred laying hens, which lay eggs pretty well without worrying too much about grain mixtures, being clucky or rain upsetting them.

My Favourite Chook Books

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 ‘From Egg to Chicken’

For introducing children to the world of the chicken and  the whole egg to chicken/chicken to egg concept I like  ‘From Egg to Chicken’, a great non-fiction title to start the ball rolling.

‘The Chook Book’ by Jackie French

Without a doubt my all-time favourite ‘reference’ book about chickens is ‘Jackie French’s Chook Book’. I buy this book for friends entering the world of chickens.  Jackie French is the author of upwards of 120 children’s/YA/adult/gardening books and you can read more about her here. Although this is non-fiction and you can just flick to the part you want…she is such a great writer that you will find yourself reading the entire book. It details everything from egg problems to health problems, and you leave the book feeling like if everyone had a few chooks, the world would be a happier place.

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‘Queenie the Bantam’ by Bob Graham

This is Bob Graham at his very finest. Caitlin’s dad rescues Queenie the bantam from a pond and brings her home. Her new family fall in love with Queenie, and then one day they discover where she came from. Caitlin sadly returns her to the local farm, but the story does not end there. Bob Graham does families in all their ordinariness so WELL and I love him for that. There is always chaos and piles of clothes, and a lovable dog. If you love dogs, you must read ‘Let’s Get a Pup’ which makes me want to drive straight to the RSPCA…read my review here.

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‘Peggy’  by Anna Walker

Peggy is the perfect chicken. She is adventurous and plucky and just plain delightful. Every day she plays in her yard, until one windy day she is BLOWN away. The book trailer says it all…watch it here in my full review.

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‘Wendy’ written and illustrated by Gus Gordon

Wendy doesn’t want to be just any old chicken.
She wants ADVENTURE.
She wants EXCITEMENT.
She wants TO BE A STAR!
And then a travelling circus comes to town . . . .

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‘Shutting the Chooks In’ written by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Ann James

For the very young this is just gorgeous. It tells the tale of a young boy going out in the evening to shut the chickens in and finding that one is missing. Ann James pastel illustrations are exquisite.

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‘Amelia Ellicots’ Garden’ written by Liliana Stafford and illustrated by Stephen Michael King

Amelia Ellicot is immensely proud of her prized Pekin bantams, which are the colours of sunshine and marigolds. Love this book! Stephen Michael Kings is a champion chicken illustrator. You can read my full review here.

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‘Bear and Chook’ written by Lisa Shanahan and illustrated by Emma Quay

Bear and Chook is a lovely story of friendship and of adventures. Though strictly speaking this is not a book about chickens, ‘Chook’ is one of the loveliest chickens I have ever met. I can recite the text of this book without any need to look at the pages. It is beautiful as a read aloud.

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‘Freda the Free Range Chook’ written by David Metzenthen and illustrated by Stephen Axelsen

This is one in the Aussie Nibbles series, which I think are perfect for those starting out on chapter books. Freda the chook is exceptionally bored with life in then henhouse. She plans to see the world and have adventures…but sometimes too much adventure can be a very bad thing.This is delightful tale about a personality filled chook.

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‘A Chook Called Harry’ written by Philip Gywnne and illustrated by Terry Denton

A step up in reading age and ability is this book in the Aussie Bites series. Chris has a lovely new chook pen, with ten chickens. His favourite, Happy Harry just isn’t pulling her weight and dad is keen to get rid of her (I know how he feels). Can Harry save her?

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‘Chook Chook’ by Wai Chim

Read my full review of this great series here.

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10 Comments

  1. Mother Down Under on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

    That cake is amazing…even more impressive that you created it without the guidance of a book!
    Thank you again for the book suggestions…I am going to look for all of them when we next visit the library!

    • Anonymous on Apr 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Enjoy!

  2. Jenny Stubbs on May 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    You’ll be pleased to hear that Jackie will be doing a 5.30pm session at Ipswich Central LIbrary on sustainable gardens and chooks on Tuesday 10 September as part of the StoryArts Festival Ipswich!!

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Oh Jen!!! I am SO happy you told me this!! I’m sticking it my diary NOW!

  3. Vanisha's Life in...Australia on May 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I’m so glad I found your blog Megan! I support a reading room on a small island in Fiji and I’m always looking out/hand-picking books for the children’s reading room. I’ve bookmarked these ones for my next round of ordering!

    (you can read about the children’s reading room here http://vanishaslife.blogspot.com.au/search/label/LevukaReadingRoom)

    • Anonymous on May 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Oh! Where do you live? I am always on the lookout for new groups to send books too.

  4. Jos on May 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    That chook cake is A-mazing!!! We had our chooks free range in the whole front & back yard but finding them destroyng my veggie patch & flower gardens every single day was doing my head in! So we compimised, the chooks now have the whole back yard & I have the whole front yard. Now, I am no longer chasing them a broom & all is well! LOL!

    • Anonymous on May 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      The chook cake had some issues. The head had to be stuck on with skewers! Yes my chooks destroy EVERYTHING so I now just let them out each afternoon!!!!

  5. Lila on May 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    That cake is awesome. I can’t wait to see if the library has some of your book recommendations Eve is a huge fan of DEES (birds of any kind). We’d love chooks are actually ducks here but I think that might be a couple of years away.

    • Anonymous on May 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Thanks so much!

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