BOOK REVIEW: How to Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey

Title: How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say
Author: Melissa Caughey
Publication: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Genre: Non Fiction, Bird Watching, Animals
Pages: 144



SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn?


**A copy of this book was provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Most everyone loves chickens. They are cute and fuzzy. They are excellent bug control for your yard and are great for reducing your waste when it comes to food leftovers I saw this book available for request and decided I needed to expand my chicken knowledge. We currently have 100+ chickens in our flock so it was the perfect opportunity to find out what makes our chickens tick.

In this book, the author touches on different subjects including how chickens speak to each other. What the sound they make when there is a sky threat, a ground threat. When a chicken lays an egg and when another chicken is calling to friends. Did you know that chickens even have a call for you? Next time you go to your chicken coop keep an ear out and maybe you will hear the same sound every time they see you. Did you know that chickens brains operate on separate hemispheres??!! They can sleep with one eye shut and be asleep with that side of the brain while the other eye is wide open and awake. I could go on and on about this book and the facts I learned but no one wants to listen to that. All I will say is go get this book when it comes out and find out for yourself all the interesting chicken facts I that was not aware of.

This book was all sorts of educational. The author has degrees in medicine, anthropology, etc. So I knew the book would definitely teach me something. I found myself looking at my chickens in a whole new light. Am I going to go sit in their pen like the author suggests? Probably not. But I will brawk at them more when I take them the table scraps. As I read this book I would find something interesting and inform my mom and husband. The book was well researched and very easy to read. At 144 pages it wasn’t something that you had to wade through to get to the end. The author mixed in information about chickens with stories about raising her own flock of fluffy chickens. Doing so helped keep the book fresh and interesting. I had quite a few “ahhhhaaaa”, “oh my gosh-no way” moments. I cried when her favorite pet chicken Tilly died. Who knew that chickens could be so fascinating?


How to Speak to Chickens by Melissa Caughey will be available on Tuesday, November 28th from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and you can check your local book store too. Make sure you add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished.

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