Saturday 3/2, 10 a.m.
Join us at Piedmont Feed and Garden Center, where we'll be selling books and taking notes on Frank Hyman's chicken coop workshop.
More eggs, less work! And more enjoyment for both the chickens and their keeper! That’s the promise of Frank Hyman’s Hentopia.
From the Vending Machine Feeder to the Refilling Rainwaterer, Hyman’s innovative building projects are designed to save time and money while keeping chickens safe, healthy, clean, and well fed. Featuring easy-to-follow instructions and colorful photos, the 21 projects for the chicken yard range from creative doorways, nest boxes, fencing, and roosts to a predator-proof pen, a “Chunnel” chicken run, and a sturdy but inexpensive coop made from wooden pallets. With a lively, humorous voice, Hyman generously shares his expert advice on all aspects of chicken-keeping. Requiring minimal previous carpentry experience and using many salvaged or found materials, Hentopiais within reach of every aspiring chicken-keeper.
Frank Hyman is a garden designer and builder who leads workshops on chicken coops and hen habitats. He has written for Organic Gardening, Modern Farmer, Fine Gardening, Hobby Farms, and the New York Times. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Praise for Frank Hyman
“This is the book I wish I'd read when I started keeping chickens. Frank Hyman is so funny and personable that he has managed to write an extremely handy and detailed chicken-keeping manual that is also quite entertaining to read. More importantly, he's lived the backyard chicken lifestyle and solved every imaginable problem using nothing more than a few ordinary tools and some ingenuity. Whether you're dreaming of keeping chickens or already manage a flock of your own, you will be inspired to take on one of these projects--and your chickens will thank you.” — Amy Stewart, NYT bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants
“Having worked with Frank for nearly a decade and read dozens of his articles and columns, I always walk away with some new bits of information that I can put to use right away. Hentopia is no different. Frank’s creative projects are practical, well designed and easy to do and will make your everyday chicken-keeping chores a breeze. He’s a true zen master of poultry!” — Roger Sipe, Editor, Hobby Farms and Chickens magazines and HobbyFarms.com
“Practical, resourceful, and fun!” — Melissa Caughey, author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kids’ Guide to Keeping Chickens, and blogger at Tilly’s Nest
“Hentopia brings together practical DIY family flock keeping systems that decrease daily chores while at the same time keep costs down with innovative use of materials. It describes ways to allow chickens to have a high quality of life—including fresh grazing and foraging—while having protection from predators. From the chickens’ point of view this book is something to crow about!” — Patricia Foreman, Animal Scientist, Pharmacist, and author of City Chicks