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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

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Birding Gets Up Close and Personal

From attention-grabbing mating displays to musical songs, vibrant color patterns and intricate nesting behaviors, it’s easy to see why a recent USDA Forest Service National Survey on Recreation and the Environment found that 85 million Americans are fascinated by birds. They attend classes, enter competitions, join clubs, invest in expensive gear, post on social media, and, of course, spend hours behind a pair of binoculars.

 

Did You Know?

Crow kids help bring up and babysit the next year’s nestlings.

Spider silk is an essential material in the construction of hummingbird nests.

Red-Winged Blackbirds can have eggs of several different fathers in one nest.

During courtship, a male Great Blue Heron will propose to his intended mate with series of sticks.

But for all this work, even experienced birders may never see the intimate lives of the species they observe. And popular birding literature focuses more on helping birders add to their life lists than on showing what makes each species unique: the sometimes endearing, sometimes peculiar, often astonishing details that make up their daily lives. Until now. With Into the Nest, birding experts Laura Erickson and Marie Read present beautiful, close-up photographs and text that capture each dramatic and spectacular stage of the family lives of birds, from courtship through mating, nest construction, egg-laying, parenting on the nest, nestling, feeding time, and, finally, the first triumphant flight of the fledglings.

 

With its careful documentation of life stages of common birds and its never-before-seen shots, Into the Nest offers a unique perspective on a popular American pastime. Now beginning birders and seasoned experts alike can experience the private lives of their favorite species — from the dramatic “sky dances” of courting Bald Eagles to the gentle berry exchanges between Cedar Waxwing parents, from Downy Woodpecker chicks developing inside their tree cavity to a Warbler feeding a Cowbird chick twice her size.

 

Laura Erickson is the author of seven bird books and has served as an editor of BirdScope magazine and a columnist and contributing editor for BirdWatching magazine, as well as a contributor to the All About Birds website. She recently won the American Birding Association’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

 

Marie Read is the author of three books, and her photographs and articles have been featured in magazines including BirdWatching, Birds & Blooms, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and National Geographic. She lives in Freeville, New York.

 

Into the Nest

Laura Erickson and Marie Read

Storey Publishing, April 2015

208 pages; 9 ¾" x 8 ½"

Full-color; photographs and illustrations throughout

$16.95 Paper; ISBN 978-1-61212-229-8