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More eggs, less work! Hentopia is in reach for every chicken-keeper.

As flock owners across the country know, chicken-keeping has many benefits. Hens make wonderful pets with bright personalities, and the easy access to breakfast food simply can’t be beat. But daily chores, regular coop cleanings, and predator worries can be overwhelming for the flock owner balancing the demands of a busy schedule or wanting to travel. Frank Hyman’s Hentopia solves the dilemma of how to tend chickens without feeling chained to the coop by offering creative inventions that streamline daily care and feeding requirements.

Backyard keepers looking to reduce their chores but keep their chickens will love Hentopia. The book features 21 low-cost, imaginative projects to help keep chickens safe, minimize the workload, and make use of salvaged and recycled materials. Hyman’s lively, humorous voice makes this an easy read, and clear instructions and colorful photography ensure that anyone – even those with minimal carpentry skills – can tackle these tasks. From building a coop to adding fun “enrichments” that make life more interesting for chickens — like a Chunnel (chicken tunnel), Jungle Gym, and Scratch-and-Snack Bar — the book includes projects perfect for inexperienced and seasoned chicken-keepers alike.
An innovative guide to simplifying the chicken chore routine, Hentopia helps backyard chicken-keepers and homesteaders reduce the time they spend on daily maintenance and care so they have more time to simply enjoy their feathered friends.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frank Hyman is the author of Hentopia. A designer, builder, gardener, and freelance writer, Hyman leads workshops on designing and building chicken coops and hen habitats. He has written for Organic Gardening, Modern Farmer, Fine Gardening, Hobby Farms, and the New York Times. He lives and maintains his own flock’s hentopia in Durham, North Carolina.
As flock owners across the country know, chicken-keeping has many benefits. Hens make wonderful pets with bright personalities, and the easy access to breakfast food simply can’t be beat. But daily chores, regular coop cleanings, and predator worries can be overwhelming for the flock owner balancing the demands of a busy schedule or wanting to travel. Frank Hyman’s Hentopia solves the dilemma of how to tend chickens without feeling chained to the coop by offering creative inventions that streamline daily care and feeding requirements.

On Sale December 2018

A shocking undercover video released on Friday reveals gruesome and scary conditions in the production of McDonald's Egg McMuffins.

The video is hard to watch. Chicks' beaks are seared off. Male chicks are tossed in plastic bags to suffocate. Hens live out their entire lives in wire battery cages, packed wing to wing. And dead chickens are left to rot in the cages that serve as living quarters for remaining chickens. Outside of these standard operations, staff members are shown swinging a bird around by its feet and crushing a chick alive.

Mercy For Animals is the group that carried out the undercover investigation. Now, it has started a petition on Change.org to get McDonald's to abandon these kinds of cruel and inhumane practices altogether by going cage-free. Will you sign Mercy For Animals' petition to get McDonald's to commit to purchasing 100% cage-free eggs in the US?

Right after the video aired on Friday, McDonald's cut ties with Sparboe Farms, whose facilities and staff in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado are documented in the investigation. But cutting ties with Sparboe Farms won't end the torture of chickens for Egg McMuffins. The kind of abhorrent conditions at Sparboe are actually standard among battery cage egg suppliers. The only way McDonald's can guarantee its eggs aren't produced in the same conditions is to go 100% cage-free.

And McDonald's has already done this for their locations in Europe, where McDonald's eggs are already guaranteed to be 100% cage-free.

With the mega fast-food chain dropping Sparboe Farms, it's clear that the public outcry generated by Mercy For Animals' investigation is having a big impact. Now is the time to push McDonald's to take real, meaningful action to distance itself from all battery cage eggs and not just move to another battery cage egg supplier. Tell McDonald's to publicly commit to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs now:

http://www.change.org/petitions/urge-mcdonalds-to-stop-torturing-hens-for-egg-mcmuffins

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie and the Change.org team