GIVEAWAY: Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks

Hatching and Brooding


**This Giveaway is now Closed. Congratulations to Monica (hew…! And a big thanks to all who entered.

If you’ve been thinking about trying to hatch and raise your own baby poultry, Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks by expert Gail Damerow is the absolute best resource I have found on the subject thus far.

This book details raising chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and guinea fowl, giving step by step instructions for incubating eggs and raising healthy chicks. Among these pages you will also find tons of full color photos to really help you see what everything is supposed to look like.

Chapters include:

1. Acquiring Your First Chicks– Selecting a Chicken Breed, Care to Give Turkeys or Guineas a Try?, Choosing Ducks and Geese, Finding the Hatchlings for You, The Right Time for Chicks

2. Setting Up Your Brooder– Brooder Features, Ready-Made Brooders, Homemade Brooders, Housing for Tween-Age Birds, Providing Heat for the Little Ones, Controlling Light

3. Managing Water, Feed, and Bedding– Providing Water, Providing Feed, Brooder Bedding

4. What to Expect as They Grow– Early Chick Development, Day Trips and Camping Out, Separating the Sexes, Instinctive Behaviors

5. Hatchling Health Issues– Contagious Diseases, Sudden Death, Physical Defects, Environmental Sickness

I was pleased to learn a lot of new tips and suggestions as I read through these chapters. I even had a few “ah-ha!” moments when I realized what I must have done wrong when we incubated eggs for the first time.

If you have any interest in hatching and raising baby poultry, I definitely recommend you get your hands on a copy of Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks. (You can buy it on right now for $15.49, reg. $24.95.)

Now, on to the Giveaway!!

Storey Publishing has so generously offered a free copy of Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks to one lucky New Life reader! Woo-hoo!

To get in on this giveaway, you can do any or all of the following for one entry each. *Leave a separate comment for each entry, as each comment is counted as the entry itself!

1. Simply leave a comment here letting me know why you’d love to own this book!

2. “Like” Storey Publishing on Facebook

3. “Like” New Life on a Homestead on Facebook (be sure to let me know if you’re already a fan there!)

4. Share this giveaway on your blog, or other Social Media/Networking sites

I’ll choose one random winner on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at noon EST. Open to US and Canada. Good luck everyone!

A copy of Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks was provided for this review by Storey Publishing, who is also providing a copy of the book for the giveaway. A big thanks to Storey Publishing for their continuing generosity!

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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. Jam interested in this book because we are will be retiring from navy and buying a house soon and we are looking forward to having a yard and starting a little homestead of our own. Chickens are the first thing on our list, along with a garden.

  2. I am very interested in owning a copy of this book. We are on our second flock of chickens but are looking to begin true homesteading efforts, to include hatching our own

  3. I am very interested in owning a copy of this book. We are on our second flock of chickens but are looking to begin true homesteading efforts, to include hatching our own chicks.

  4. I just found your website and like it. I am ready to start my homesteading process and am looking for books that will help me through the process. So after a hard day of work I can sit back in the evening and read about what to work on tomorrow. I love having fresh eggs to eat and bake with. The store bought ones are tasteless and pitiful. I want to learn about the different breeds. Raising chickens has always been a dream of mine.

  5. Reading the book would be a great idea before I start incubating some of the eggs around here. I hate trial and error! An educated farmer is a wise farmer!

  6. Hello from Canada!

    Love your blog Kendra and have been popping in for the last two years to read when I can. Would love to learn more about raising chicks as this is our next learning curve already owning layer hens. Keep up the great work.

  7. Kendra,
    I have posted about this give away on my blog. I don’t have any other source of social media. I don’t facebook so I can’t “like” anyone… So this is my only chance and I am keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Would love this book to read up on how to raise chicks, etc. before we actually get them! So I will be well prepared!

  9. I would love to have this book…I believe it would help us in raising our baby chicks…so many questions and not always easy to find answers.

  10. I would LOVE to have this book since my parents are about to get some baby ducks and we want chickens later also. It would be so cool to hatch our own little eggs and grow our fowl family:)

  11. I raised chickens growing up but between a dorm room and apartment, I haven’t had them in a while. We should be moving into our

  12. I’d love to have this book because I will be hatching and brooding chicks and ducklings this year. I have chicks coming from a breeder and will be hatching my own ducks’ eggs.

  13. I would be interested in reading what the book has to say. We currently do have some hens and roosters, but we had a fail at trying to hatch some eggs last year. We are going to try it again this year for sure and am looking forward to a success this next time around!

  14. I would love to own this book because we are really trying to expand our small farm, and would love some ducks and geese. Maybe a few turkies!

  15. I would love this book and the knowledge that comes with as we prepare this year to move to our rural property and setup our coop and flock thanks , yes I already like New Life !!

  16. Our family is trying to get our little stead up and going this year. A kitchen garden and chickens are our first goal and we’re trying to learn all we can. Thank you for all the great articles!

  17. We are thinking about getting some chicks for the first time, but I have no idea where to start. This book would be a great gift to have. Thanks.

  18. We have been researching and are finally ready to move to a little farmette. Chickens have been first on my list even if we started urban!

  19. I would LOVE to win this! I’m getting chicks in about a week and this book probably answers many of the questions I have!

  20. I’d love to win this book because I want to have chickens in the near future for eggs, but have no clue where to start! This book would be a great resource for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. we have been hatching our own eggs BUT now we are trying to get into hatching duck eggs and we could always use some guidance along the way to look back on.

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