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The Way of the Hen: Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  8 reviews
How raising chickens can help us reconnect with the simpler joys of life.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Lyons Press (first published October 1st 2010)
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James Tomasino
There wasn't much to mark this book as special, really. It had some interesting thoughts on our relationship with nature and homesteading, but the organization of the book felt as meandering as a chicken scratching at the ground. Toward the latter half of the book the author started losing her focus from the Way of the Hen into a general disorder of new age themed sentiments that didn't mesh with the message and detracted from her ability to connect on a wide scale.

One nice note is that for some
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has a lot to do with chicken (we have around 100), I thoroughly enjoyed the book because I found my own points of views in it. It was very entertaining to read because it's a different kind of chicken book. Perfect for someone who loves chicken and enjoys their company. ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Chicken-raising advice, anecdotes, quotes, and thoughts combined with Buddhist philosophy and meditations. A strange little book, but not unenjoyable. Bought it (used) for a friend, read it before passing along, and ended up skimming portions that were too much about children or were a little more woo-woo than I am.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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As a chicken keeper and a bona-fida crazy chicken lady, I can attest that there is nothing that parallels the joy of raising backyard chickens. Personally, I can sit on my porch with a cup of tea and watch 'chicken TV' for hours. But Danaan has taken this kind of adoration a step too far in this book. Her "wealth of knowledge" about chickens comes from watching her three hens in her city-lot coop and she makes it all seem pretty ideal. Her daily chores are as simple as opening a door and sprinkl ...more
Rebecca Stark
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author and I worked with a wonderful community to legalize chickens in our city. I'm grateful to say we succeeded and I read this sweet book after obtaining my own chickens. A worthy read for crazy chickens ladies (and men) alike! ...more
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It's nice to read a book by someone who really loves and appreciates chickens (like me!). Thought provoking. The sidebars are a little distracting. Ironically, I kind of rushed through it. I keep meaning to reread it more slowly. ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't care how cute the cover is, if you're writing a book about chickens there should be pictures of chickens inside! ...more
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