|Lauren Scheuer, talented author and illustrator of Once Upon a Flock,|
whipped up this drawing of my Bantam Cochin Frizzle and all-around diva, Rachel. ♥
Rachel can be seen on my Facebook page once a day in my series, "Your Daily Rachel."
Shortly after I began keeping chickens, one of the wonderfully unexpected revelations I had was that each flock member has its own personality, idiosyncrasies and challenges. Watching them evolve from tiny, wide-eyed, fluff balls into adults in a mere five months is truly fascinating in the same way I imagine it would be to watch an person grow from infant to college graduate in five months. I soon learned, however, that speaking to non chicken-keepers about their distinctive personas and daily antics, one risks being labelled "the crazy chicken lady" by friends and family. Enter Lauren Scheuer, author of Once Upon a Flock, Life with My Soulful Chickens, a flock-keeper, illustrator, fellow New Englander and builder of stuff who, in writing this book, has single-handedly elevated the status of crazy chicken ladies everywhere to an enviable level.
Publishers Weekly has listed Once Upon a Flock as one of the top ten most anticipated memoirs for Spring 2013. While reading this book, you'll fall in love with Lauren's chickens if you already keep chickens and if you aren't, it will make you want a flock of your own. The following is Lauren's introduction to her special needs hen, Lucy and her new book:
When my four young hens were about six months old, Lucy, the Barred Rock, fell ill with Marek's disease.
Suddenly, Lucy couldn't walk. She couldn't even stand up. She was very sleepy and her face turned grey. Not knowing what else to do, I brought her into the house and kept her as comfortable as I could. I expected Lucy to die any day, but she just kept on living. After a while I found myself sketching little chicken wheelchairs. And little by little, I found myself falling in love with this chicken.
Once Upon a Flock is the true story of Lucy the special needs hen and of her friend Hatsy; of Marky the terrier, Lil'White the evil Orpington - and my small flock of remarkable individuals.
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