Lauren Scheuer, author of “Once Upon A Flock: Life With My Soulful Chickens”

by | May 1, 2013

Lauren Scheuer—veteran illustrator who maintains the popular blog, “Scratch And Peck,” and author of  the new book, “Once Upon A Flock: Life With My Soulful Chickens”—discusses what prompted her to bring a flock of chickens to her home, driven in part by her intense  love of power tools and passion for projects where you can use those tools.

tumblr_inline_mjv3psRsbd1qz4rgpScheuer also addresses the key steps for people who might be intrigued by the notion of raising 51h8GSLqcSL._SS500_backyard chickens, yet intimidated by what they know (and don’t know) about this enterprise. She described some members of the flock, particularly Lucy, who developed a neurological disease (Marek’s) and later exhibited a strong nesting instinct….going “broody.” Scheuer also speaks to the emotional complexity of chickens, while noting one member of the flock, Lil’ White, is a full-blown nutjob.  ( ,

ALSO: We speak briefly with Scott Daly, Executive Director of Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg, which was mere days away from holding its 11th annual Puppy Love fundraising dinner. (

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