Raising the chicken before eating the egg

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 19:00
Chugiak woman publishes book
Jude Lindenfelser poses with her book Tales from the Coop: Breakfast Reading on Saturday, June 15 at her Chugiak home where she raised chickens for three decades.

Want to know how to raise chickens? Just ask Jude Lindenfelser.

Or better yet, read her book.

Lindenfelser, of Chugiak, recently self published a collection of essays that follow a year of raising chickens and selling eggs.

“I wanted to follow the seasons,” Lindenfelser said.

Tales from the Coop: Breakfast Reading began after Lindenfelser’s customers inquired about the egg laying process. So, Lindenfelser included a “tale from the coop” along with her deliveries.

The letters were a huge hit with her customers, she said.

Lindenfelser raised chickens, ducks and geese at her home for three decades. Being surrounded by animals is nothing new for Lindenfelser, who grew up on a 200-acre farm in Minnesota.

“I’m just used to that way of life,” she said. “I just can’t live in the city.”

The eldest of four girls, Lindenfelser helped her father work on their farm, specializing in caring for the pigs.

After moving to Alaska in the 1970s, Lindenfelser said she wanted to keep her farm roots alive. She said she chose chickens because they’re the “easiest” animal to raise.

However, caring for chickens and selling eggs is still labor-intensive, Lindenfelser said.

“It’s a lot of work to do it right and make sure they’re safe,” she said.

Just one taste proves the hard work is worth it, Lindenfelser said.

“Fresh eggs are so good,” she said. “There’s nothing like them.”

They also more visually stimulating than store-bought eggs, Lindenfelser said.

“My eggs were very beautiful,” she said.

Though Lindenfelser gave away all her chickens last summer, she said she’s considering starting her hobby up again now that she recently retired.

Publishing a book is all part of Lindenfelser’s retirement plan.

“Retire and write,” she said. “Switch gears a little bit.”

Lindenfelser, who worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, is currently working on two books related to her medical field and a memoir about her mother. She also plans to write nonfiction.

Tales from the Coop: Breakfast Reading can be purchased online at www.amazon.com or at A Tangled Skein in Eagle River.


Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or [email protected].

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