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Hentopia: Create a Hassle-Free Habitat for Happy Chickens; 21 Innovative Projects

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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 pho
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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We, who keep backyard chickens, for a few years, feel as though we know it all, and are more than willing to share that knowledge with anyone who wants to know it, or doesn't want to know it, as the case may be.

It is sometimes hard to think back to a time that I didn't have chickens, and had no idea where to begin. Hard to remember that when I first got my baby chicks, I kept them in my office with me, and when they were "coop ready" I moved them into the garage because I had not really thought
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a down-to-earth chicken keeping and caring guide by someone who’s not a rich professional and cherishes their freedom and sleep. Most chicken guides I’ve read thus far require ways too much money and time, it really makes the eggs too expensive to enjoy as a hobby. This author, Frank Hyman, uses down-to-earth techniques, reuses materials and keeps it simple through all steps. He and his wife enjoy traveling, sleeping in if they want, and enjoying their freedom. Their entire chicken coop ...more
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Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is really helpful in answering questions I was having trouble researching. He can be pretty opinionated about certain methods, e.g. deep litter, etc. But I appreciated his candidness rather than the vague anecdotes of most bloggers.
Jan 01, 2022 rated it liked it
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I think this would be an excellent book for someone who was looking to create a coop, run, and space for their chickens in their yard. While the author gives plenty of things to be considered in existing chicken set up, it is far more beneficial for someone starting out. The author considers many factors including reuse of materials, how to save money, and how to keep the chickens safe.
Sandy Wilmering
Oct 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot of interesting information and invaluable tips in this book! Many of his tips soundly disprove other seemingly good ideas from other books I've read. Author also includes several ways to save money and save time, but not at the expense of chicken health or happiness. I will add this book to my collection. ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for someone like me, planning to get chickens. I ended up scanning have the book to save for when I want to make a feeder, put up the pen, and so on. I have looked at other chicken-keeping books that were so loaded with meandering technical detail as to be unreadable. This one is to the point and also funny.
Feb 28, 2022 rated it liked it
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A beginner resource book for creating a chicken coop, run and general no-fuss habitat. The author focuses most of the book on his own experience of creating such structures with an intended end result being their family able to step away and leave things unattended for short periods of time.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bawk Bawk Bawk.... Ber-cawk!!! 🐓 🐔
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A super-helpful and easy-to-read book from a knowledgeable author (in terms of chickens and construction). The downside: I now want my hubby to upgrade our coop!
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a helpful book on raising chickens. I enjoyed Frank's perspectives and ideas. ...more
Rose Ann
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute, helpful, informative, well-written and well-illustrated guide to raising chickens in your yard.
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Frank Hyman believes in "happy wife, happy life." So when his wife, Chris, wanted chickens, he knew they would have chickens. (This isn't just a how-to book. It's also a love story. Chris loves chickens and he loves his wife.) But Frank wanted to still be able to go on vacation for two weeks and not come home to a flock of starving chickens. But he found that the conventional wisdom for keeping ba ...more

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