Cover image for Hentopia : create a hassle-free habitat for happy chickens : 21 innovative projects / Frank Hyman.
Hentopia : create a hassle-free habitat for happy chickens : 21 innovative projects / Frank Hyman.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, 2018.

Physical Description:
206 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Feed the masses without any messes -- Drink up (or down) -- The hen pen and a chicken corral -- Enrich and accessorize -- Doorways four ways -- The no-burnout cleanout and ventilation -- Building the best nest box -- Tips on tools for non-carpenters -- High-quality, low-cost materials -- Coop design.
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636.50831 HYM Book Adult General Collection

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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 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, Hentopia is within reach of every aspiring chicken-keeper.

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Library Journal Review

This lively read is a handy resource for chicken keepers, like having a happy, helpful neighbor to call on any time you need advice about the flock. While covering various aspects of raising chickens, it focuses more on inventive solutions for habitat and feeding than works such as Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, which provides extensive coverage of breeds and chicken care. Designer and freelance writer Hyman (Modern Farmer; Hobby Farms; Organic Gardening) excels in descriptions of fun building projects, delivered in accessible, entertaining prose. Looking to build a roost, nesting box, or fence? There's an exciting, affordable way to do it that only requires common hand tools. Concerned about predators? You can turn reclaimed materials into the ultimate secure fortress for your brood. Throughout, good ideas abound for making things easier in general and setting up everything so that any enterprising urban farmer can go on vacation, while relaxed, healthy hens have food, water, and safety in their absence. It strikes a rare mix of ingenuity and common sense that hits a sweet spot. VERDICT An excellent choice for urban farmers seeking a friendly paradise for their birds.-Dan McClure, Clatsop Community Coll. Lib., Astoria, OR © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.