Monday, March 19, 2012

National Poultry Day: A Celebration of The Chicken Encyclopedia Blog Tour and Another Giveaway!

Today is National Poultry Day, and here at Storey we’ve found the perfect way to celebrate both the day and the successful completion of The Chicken Encyclopedia Blog Tour — we’re giving away an entire basket of chicken-related goodies! Just our way of saying thank-you to all the fans who’ve followed along with the tour.

We’ve been talking chicken for a little over two weeks now, and while we can’t claim to have covered everything chicken (we’ll leave that to Gail Damerow’s new book!), we’ve covered quite a bit — from how to raise happy chickens to how to keep urban chickens, from how to prevent frostbite to how to recognize toxic plants. We’ve even solved a mystery or two and discovered which breeds we’d want with us in case of a zombie apocalypse!

The Chicken Encylopedia by Gail Damerow

Here's a big shout-out to our tour's bloggers — if you haven't stopped by their blogs yet, what are you waiting for?

3/2 For the Love of Chickens
3/3 Vintage Garden Gal
3/4 The Garden Roof Coop
3/5 Common Weeder
3/6 Chickens in the Road
3/7 Garden Rant
3/8 Fresh Eggs Daily
3/9 My Pet Chicken Blog
3/10 Coop Thoughts
3/11 BoHo Farm and Home
3/12 Happy Chickens Lay Healthy Eggs
3/13 A Charlotte Garden
3/14 Farm Fresh Fun
3/15 The HenCam
3/16 Life on a Southern Farm
3/17 ADozenGirlz, the Chicken Chick™
3/18 North Coast Gardening

We’d also like to thank The Chicken Encyclopedia author Gail Damerow for taking the time to answer questions from a few of our bloggers and letting us all get to know her and her flock a little bit better. With this new book — and enhanced by the interviews during the tour — Gail has proven once again that she really is a chicken expert extraordinaire! As stated by Jd Belanger of Backyard Poultry magazine, “Chickens. Encyclopedia. Gail Damerow. What more needs to be said?”

“Wait!” you say, “what about that chicken basket giveaway? What can I win, and how can I win it!?”

Thanks to our blogging friends and our friends over at Backyard Poultry, the chicken basket comes with all sorts of fun — and handy — items. In addition to a signed copy of The Chicken Encyclopedia, Storey is also including a signed copy of Chick Days by Jenna Woginrich and The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, as well as an “I’m a Chick Magnet” refrigerator magnet and a chicken-breed poster. Kathy Mormino, from ADozenGirlz, The Chicken Chick™, has donated a gift certificate for custom egg carton labels and a super-cute “Got Eggs?” T-shirt. Fellow blogger Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily has donated a rustic handpainted mailbox sign (with hanging chalkboard) and a chicken window decal. And we top it all off with For the Love of Poultry, a special anthology of the entire first year of Backyard Poultry magazine!

A basket full of chicken goodies!
And here’s the best news — there are two ways to win, because we’re giving away two complete baskets! The first basket will be for Storey’s blog and social media followers. Just enter a comment below (tell us what you love about chickens!), or comment on the corresponding Facebook post. We will randomly draw a winner from all entries on Monday, March 26. (Please note: the contest is open to U.S. residents only. Please leave an email address so we can contact you should you win.)

If you’d like to enter a second time, head on over to the Mother Earth News Fair blog or Facebook page, and submit your entry there as well — they are giving away our other basket to one of their fans (and there’s no reason you can’t be fans with us both!).

Here’s wishing Gail success with her new book, The Chicken Encyclopedia, and here’s wishing you a happy National Poultry Day!

52 comments:

Mindie said...

I am sooo egg-cited!!! This give-a-way is amazing and to die for. Would so love to win. I follow your blog and like you on FB. Thanks for the chance to win some great stuff. The book look awsome!

Katrina Waldrip said...

Thanks for all you share and all you do!!! Love love love National Poultry Day and your Tour!

Viggie's Veggies said...

hI'd love to be entered! I can't have chickens where I am, but I'm busy saving up for more land where I can have my little hobby farm :)

Anonymous said...

as a rookie chicken keeper, this giveaway would be so helpful!!! I have only had chickens a short while and I had no idea what great personalities they have!!!!! I always joke with my husband and say, "we're going to have less dogs and more chickens!" He calls the chickens "my other dogs" because they follow me around the yard. When I think of my chickens I think of pure joy!!!!
Peace
Christa Kenyon
cmkenyon01@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Blog Tour! It took me to blogs I might not have found or gone to on my own. I would love a chance to win this book. I've always been pleased with all my Storey purchases! What do I love abt. chickens? EVERYTHING!!! I'm head over heels in love with them! ☺ badmunki68@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a basket of chicken goodies! I love my chickens. I have been keeping them for a little over a year now. I can sit outside and watch them for hours on end. They have changed me this past year. Bad days aren't so bad anymore when I get to hang out with them! Their personalities are what keep me mesmerized. I never know what I am walking into when I get out to the coop. My husband already had to add an addition, since I got more chicks this spring. In a way, they have brought my familty closer to each other, and that is priceless! Thank you for the chance to win!

Amy Kalna aeklmt@ymail.com

Barefoot Bantams said...

I would love to be entered for the basket giveaway!
I love chickens for all the reasons possible... the fresh eggs! I used to hate eggs. Never have liked them...until I tasted a fresh egg. Now I eat eggs at least twice a week!
...the cuteness factor - I love my silkies! ...then there happens to be free fertilizer (once composted) and pest management! I love chickens!

WyldeChyldeChickenChasers said...

I am SO excited to see how many people are taking an interest in raising chickens! I've been trying to promote self-sufficiency for a while now and it really seemed that everyone was just too happy to buy their poultry and eggs from the supermarket. It makes my heart smile to know that people are finally seeing the joys and benefits of raising our own chickens, planting gardens and trying to find ways of living a bit more sufficiently! Blogs like yours are a big contributor to spreading the knowledge and encouragement! Thanks so much!

Sarah Robison
sarahfairy30@yahoo.com

Tamara said...

Last year we got our first chicks (Black Copper Marans) and we have 9 chicks (Barred Rock, Silver-Laced Wyandotte, and Ameracauna) in the brooder right now. I am constantly amazed by their charming personalities and the joy they bring us everyday! From my rooster's crows (mostly when I am walking away from the coop) to the babies' sense of adventure...I can't imagine our lives without them! My phone is filled with pictures of our chickens...that I show friends and strangers alike!

Happy Poultry Day!
Tamara Halvorsen Ludt

ungers6 said...

Thanks for the Blog Tour. I found lots of new places to get ideas from like-minded folks. Great idea.

Sara Sweatman said...

I love chickens. They are so sweet and affectionate, good with kids (and husband) and make breakfast for you! It doesn't get much better!

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed the blog tour very much and would love to be entered for the giveaway. I can not have chickens at this time, but hope to in the future. So for now, I have to enjoy my sisters flock. I love to watch them scratch in the grass for bugs and I especially love all their different colors and personalities.

Maria Zannini said...

This has got to be one of the best blog tours I've ever followed. Thank you for doing this. Not only did I meet a lot of like-minded bloggers, but I learned quite a bit too.

Jenn H. said...

Please enter us for this great giveaway, my daughter's 4H group would love to have this to share! Thanks.
homerunschool@yahoo.com

Angela said...

The tour was so much fun and now I have a new list of wonderful blots yo read and follow to learn about chickens on life on a farm. Thanks so much!! Angela

A Daughter of the King said...

What I love about chickens! Oh my! They have brought joy, pure joy into my backyard. I wrote about them in my blog. Here is the link: http://thoughtsfromadaughteroftheking.blogspot.com/2011/11/chicken-by-products-my-ah-ha-moment.html

The Hungry Crafter said...

Awesome blog tour -- I've really enjoyed it! Thank you! Chickens are just so cool -- something about their distinctly unimpressed attitude :)

M said...

I've been a back yard keeper for nearly 4 years now. We're waiting for the Wyoming winter to subside some before ordering new "babies". Can't wait! The girls provide endless entertainment and there is NOTHING like a fresh egg.

Martha Waugh said...

I would love to be entered into the giveaway. I'm still new to being a chicken mom and what started as a little 2-chicken hobby has grown into a 10-chicken hobby and love for those goofy birds. It's a learning process and winning this basket would help with my learning.

Kelly O'Keefe said...

I love their one-eyed side stare as I inspect the coop.

Rhubarbra said...

The thing I love most about chickens is how they run with sheer glee to greet me when I come out of the house! They are just so sociable and gregarious!

RoosterBooster said...

I love how chickens have such high self-esteem. Mine will charge my cats, with their wings outstretched, scaring the cats away from their cat food so the chickens can eat it (if I forget to put it up out of their reach, since it's not good for them). To add drama to the episode, the hens also like to shower the cats with grit and dirt from their dust baths! It is so hilarious to watch!

Anonymous said...

Awesome prize! I've also enjoyed the book tour! I'll have to get the book if I'm not lucky enough to win it! thanks for the chance!
steeplechaser29 at yahoo dot com

Ella Bouley said...

I love my chickens! I am glad to be able to do this little step towards becoming self-sufficient for my family!

ppa.webmaster.bouley@gmail.com

Alexis said...

This one is easy, I love chickens because they love me!
Happy National Poultry Day!

Anonymous said...

You should edit your comment or find out what the problem is. Mother Earth News Fair is not giving away a basket. They referred us back to you when we posted. At least that's what happened when I used the links you gave.

Christine Layne said...

I love that my birds always come running when they see me in the morning. (Hey, it's the food lady!) They are very friendly and so much fun to watch while they free range. Thanks for the contests!

Grace said...

I love that chickens are so much fun to watch. If you are having a bad day or bored just watching their antics for a bit will cheer you right up.

I love the blog tour, what a great idea! I see some of my fave blogs on the, especially Life on a Southern Farm. Hi Pam!

Great giveaway. Thank you for having it.

Erinmir said...

I adore the eggs!! Chickens have enriched my life so much and I just adore them! Entertainment, garden help, fertilizer, and food all from one handy, adorable little bird! What more can a gal ask for? :)

Amy said...

What I love about chickens? Their eggs! and I love their personalities and how they are each so unique. Thanks for the opportunity to win a terrific basket! My birthday is this weekend so maybe I'll get lucky and win a nice gift :)

Casie said...

What a great give away!! With such a warm and early spring I've got the itch to get more chicks soon!

Jaybird9797 said...

The bolg tour Storey hosted was very fun to follow. It would be great to win this prize package. I have been following this blog post from the begining and have enjoyed hearing all the different perspectives on the "Chicken Encyclopedia". I have done a lot of research on chickens, but getting even more books on chickens would be a huge improvement to my knowledge on chickens. My hatching eggs hatched today, so I have had a great National Poultry Day, but winning this package would be Fantastic! :)
-Jared

McKinney-Rewa said...

Awesome blog tour! My Google reader is filling up ;) We've had chickens for a little under a year and I only have two books as sources. Could really use another accurate resource. Thanks again!

Christina Jewell said...

I also live in one of those areas that just don't think having chickens in your backyard is a good idea. I will be working with some wonderful people this year trying to change that and I know the day will come. So for now reading anything and everything about chickens is what is keeping this childhood past time alive. It would awesome to win this amazing collection of books and the blog tour was a great idea!

maddiesmaman said...

I love the unique personality of each chicken. They are fun to interact with. I also love the variety of colors in their eggs. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love my chickens for their beautiful eggs. They're even more beautiful when I dye them for Easter.

Cheri said...

Love my girls!!! Food friends fertilizer entertainment what more could you need. The Best part of my morning is my Roosters crowing and the coffee flowin. cherikaelin@aol.com

chickenlady9 said...

I love my chickens, and your blog! My "mamas" give me brown, white and green eggs, and love kitchen scrap. Now I am so excited to learn about National Poultry Day! I would be so pleased to win! Thanks!

Missy said...

Just found you guys. Love my chickens too. They are entertaining and my kids say that the chickens growl at them, so funny. Look forward to reading more. Thanks for your time and info.
missy

sharonz said...

can't wait to tell my aunt about national chicken day. i love to hear the chickens outside my bedroom window. they even cluck my name, sharon, i swear they do, i kept hearing someone holler at me and when i answered no one answered back. i got to listening and it was a chicken outside my window. lol they are so colorful and fun to watch.

Kristi C. said...

What a terrific giveaway! I am so excited to be moving to a city that allows urban chickens. I may not have them immediately, but the time will come!

Anonymous said...

What a cool giveaway!!!!! I'm starting my chicken coop this spring and would LOVE to win this!!
Shanotuck@live.com

Robin said...

What a great basket of goodies!

Elizabeth Ann said...

I love my chickens. I love how in 21 days you can go from egg to cute little chick. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

eposegate@hotmail.com

Sarita said...

What fun! I love eggs the most, I'd say!
ericandsarita at gmail dot com

Penny said...

Love giveaways almost as I love my chickens. They are some of the most social and easy going animals to raise.

JenO said...

I love the soft cooing noises my sleepy chickens make, after fighting to get my preschooler and toddler to bed, nothing is as soothing as going out to check on the hens, already happily sleeping on their roost with no arguing or begging for one more book... ;)

Hollyros said...

I love sitting out there and watching them...end the eggs of course : )

momhendren said...

I love how each of my chickens has their own personality! They make me smile! :) (and I like their eggs)

tanya said...

fresh eggs are so much better, plus chickens have lots of personality if you get to know them.

Paula said...

The thing I love most about our chickens are the never ending entertainment they provide our family. Who needs TV when you have farm animals. Oh, and the beautiful eggs they give us are wonderful too.

Gaia Garden Girl said...

I hope, I hope, I hope I win!!!

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