When longtime illustrator and lover of power tools Lauren Scheuer was looking for a project, she got the idea to raise backyard chickens. Her husband and teenage daughter looked on incredulously as coop sketches and chicken-raising books filled their New England home. But when the chicks arrived, the whole family fell in love with the bundles of fluff and the wild adventures began.
Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens stars
Scheuer’s backyard chickens—with their big personalities,
friendships, rivalries, and secrets—and the flock’s guardian, Marky
the terrier. The flock includes Hatsy, the little dynamo;
Lil’White, the deranged and twisted Buff Orpington; Pigeon, the
fixer-upper chicken; and Lucy, the special-needs hen who bonds with
Lauren and becomes a fast friend.
This charming story of Lauren’s life with her quirky flock is
filled with moments of humor and heartbreak: When Lucy is afflicted
with a neurological disease, Lauren builds Lucy a special-needs
coop. When Lucy’s nesting instinct leads
Lauren to act as a chicken midwife of sorts, Lauren hatches a chick
in her home. And when Lucy’s best friend Hatsy falls ill, Lauren
finds an unlikely friend for Lucy in a chicken named Pigeon, who
requires an emergency bath and blow-dry. Enthusiastically immersing
herself in the world of her flock, Lauren discovers that love,
loss, passion, and resilience are not only parts of the human
experience, but of the chicken experience as well. Throughout it
all, Lauren documents the laughter and drama of her flock’s
adventures with her own whimsical photos and illustrations. At once
humorous, poignant, and informative, Once Upon a Flock is a
feathered tale like no other.