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April 6, 2011

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MRH Students Publish Book on Chickens

ChickenologyIn the fall of 2010, a group of students in the MRH school district started an unusual project. The group, which has an unusual name, “chickenologists,” started working on writing a book. After a year and a half of work, the students are pleased to announce the release of their book, Chickenology: The Art & Science of Keeping Chickens.

The group is made up of two middle school students, Janai Robinson and Noah Snyder; six high school students, Curtis BoClair, Antonio Fiddmont, Deontay Johnson, Julianne Martin, Kaila Nong, and Kelsey Thompson; and two students who have graduated from MRH and are now attending college, Katy Owens and Kenyata Tatum.

The book is a gorgeous collection of photos and original art, but also a “how to” reference book. The book covers such topics as how to determine if chickens are right for you (and where to buy chicks), what are the different types of chicken breeds, and how to care for chickens in different seasons. There’s even a “cluck clinic” section that covers basic chicken health. In addition, readers will enjoy the interviews with local residents in Maplewood and Richmond Heights who are raising their own chickens.

The students also include in the book the reasons for having chickens in the first place. They compare the differences between backyard chickens and factory farm chickens. They discuss the sustainability of raising chickens and the value of knowing where your food comes from. It’s packed with well-researched information. But even if you’re not interested in raising chickens, the book is a visual treat and can grace most any coffee table.

The soft cover, 80-page book is now available for $25. You can purchase a copy at Left Bank Books or at the district's central office.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.