Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Once Upon a Flock by Lauren Scheuer

Once Upon a Flock, by Lauren Scheuer
When longtime illustrator and lover of power tools Lauren Scheuer was looking for a project, she got the idea to raise backyard chickens. Her husband and teenage daughter looked on incredulously as coop sketches and chicken-raising books filled their New England home. But when the chicks arrived, the whole family fell in love with the bundles of fluff and the wild adventures began.
Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens stars Scheuer’s backyard chickens—with their big personalities, friendships, rivalries, and secrets—and the flock’s guardian, Marky the terrier. The flock includes Hatsy, the little dynamo; Lil’White, the deranged and twisted Buff Orpington; Pigeon, the fixer-upper chicken; and Lucy, the special-needs hen who bonds with Lauren and becomes a fast friend.

This charming story of Lauren’s life with her quirky flock is filled with moments of humor and heartbreak: When Lucy is afflicted with a neurological disease, Lauren builds Lucy a special-needs coop. When Lucy’s nesting instinct leads

Lauren to act as a chicken midwife of sorts, Lauren hatches a chick in her home. And when Lucy’s best friend Hatsy falls ill, Lauren finds an unlikely friend for Lucy in a chicken named Pigeon, who requires an emergency bath and blow-dry. Enthusiastically immersing herself in the world of her flock, Lauren discovers that love, loss, passion, and resilience are not only parts of the human experience, but of the chicken experience as well. Throughout it all, Lauren documents the laughter and drama of her flock’s adventures with her own whimsical photos and illustrations. At once humorous, poignant, and informative,
Once Upon a Flock is a feathered tale like no other.

I have always wanted to keep chickens, so thought this book would give me some information about the subject.  I have to admit, I did get involved in the book right away, as the way Lauren writes, she makes you feel as though those chickens are real human beings, not just chickens.

Loved how each one had a personality, and how they become part of the family.  I was surprised that a book about three plus chickens could be so interesting but it really was.

Stars out of 5 : 5 If you have any interest in chickens this book is for you.  It really is quite addictive and you do need to know what is going to happen next.


  1. I'm so glad you shared this book. Recently I've been toying with the idea of raising some backyard chickens. I added this to my "to read" list.

  2. I have a flock of chickens now. I am bummed that my husband wants to wait until they "thin out a bit". We are currently running an old age home for chickens! The majority of them are 3+ years old, well past their laying age.
    It is amazing how quickly you get attached to them. They have very rich little lives, and very different personalities!
    The one thing to remember is that once you name them, you cannot eat them!
    You too might be running a chicken senior center in the near future LOL!

  3. I have been meaning to get here to this blog for the longest time and just haven't...but this book sounds like one I would love.


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