Author of Acclaimed Backyard Chicken-Raising Memoir on "Talking Animals"
My guest on "Talking Animals" May 1 will be Lauren Scheuer, author of âOnce Upon A Flock: Life With My Soulful Chickens.â
A veteran childrenâs book illustrator and author of the popular blog, âScratch And Peck,â Scheur was seeking a new project to express her longtime love of power tools when she hit on the idea of raising backyard chickens in her New England homeâchiefly, at least initially, for the allure of the coop-building.
As recounted in âOnce Upon A Flock,â Scheuer plunges headlong into all facets of this new undertaking, researching chicken-raising, drawing meticulous sketches of possible coops and more, as her bemused husband and teenage daughter look on.
But the story kicks into high gear when the flock arrivesâHatsy, Lilâ White, Piigeon and Lucyâwith the saga including Scheurâs efforts to manage their very different personalities, the rivalries that unfold, the brooding & assorted misadventures that ensue as Lucy wants to be a mom when thereâs no rooster amidst the flockâ¦and some serious behavioral adjustments required of the family terrier, Marky, who became quite enchanted with all the chicken action in the backyward.
Named one of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Memoirs of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, âOnce Upon A Flockâ features not only Scheuerâs lean, often-wry prose, but also her photographs and illustrations.
Lauren Scheuer speaks with us live on "Talking Animals" on May 1 at 9am ET, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (DJ@wmnf.org).
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