You'll love this calendar as much as I and hundreds of other chicken keepers do. You'll love it because it will make you smile every day - and because your chickens are extraordinary, too!
It's that time of year again. You're looking for inexpensive gifts for people who love chickens which will last all year through.
Or you love hens yourself and feel you deserve a treat (you know you do!).
Or you want to put a little something on a stocking filler 'wishlist' as a not-so-subtle hint for your family.
Whichever it is, this calendar is a truly fabulous idea. It's not just any old calendar, it had the most stunning pictures of the most stunning chickens, ever.
I buy this calendar without fail, every year - let me show you why.
The calendar is well printed on a good quality, heavy gloss paper. It looks expensive - and to be honest, it's not cheap to buy. But that quality makes it fairly resistant to tearing so to my mind, the cost is worth it.
The pictures are of such great quality from a photographer's point of view. And importantly from a chicken-lover's perspective, they really do capture the fun, charm and sometimes the craziness of both hens and roosters.
After all, who wouldn't love a Polish Frizzle to look forward to - a different breed is featured as "chicken of the month"!
They're actually good enough to frame after the year is over. A double bonus, when most calendars are thrown away!
This calendar always, but always sells out long before Christmas. I order mine as soon as it comes out in Europe - normally as early as October.
Yes, that seems ridiculously early for a Christmas gift, let alone for a New Year surprise. But if you don't buy early, the chances are it will sell out before you get there.
Make sure you don't miss out!
It gives all the major festivals and holidays for Australia, Canada, the UK and USA, together with important dates from other countries and the occasional day most of us have no idea about.
Who knew World Animal Day was 4 October? Well, you'll know next year!
But more importantly for chicken-holics like me, you learn an awful lot from this calendar about chicken breeds.
Because it tells you which breed the large photograph is, and what the smaller chicken on the bottom of each month is.
Well... it's stapled together, with a small hole for hanging. If you're not careful it can tear which makes it the one thing I'm not keen on. I'd really prefer some kind of metal hanger.
But it's not designed that way. Hey ho - you can't have everything, and it's a small point. I've had this calendar since I first discovered it seven years ago, and none of mine have torn. You just have to be careful as you fold over each month.
It's a "month to view" calendar, so the daily squares are quite small. If you're looking for a family calendar where you can keep track of lots of appointments, this isn't the one for you.
I use it as a quick "at a glance" calendar.
But mostly I use it to look at the pictures and wonder where I could get this month's featured breed...
It has to be the photos. Taken by a British-born photographer who has worked for Life and Good Housekeeping magazines (among many others), his preferred subjects are chickens - and it shows.
He manages to capture the character of each breed he features, as well as all its physical quirkiness.
It's just delightful.
Don't leave it too late though! As I said, this calendar always sells out long before Christmas, let alone the New Year. I've learned that from hard experience...
If it's too soon to think about Christmas yet, why not Pin it for later. But if you want to buy it now, here's that link again.
I must be honest - I do especially love this one. But sometimes people buy me different calendars, so here's a few of my other favourites too.
The reason I know about these is that I own most of them myself! So I can honestly recommend them.
If you click on the pics, you'll go to a review of each one with and explanation of where to buy too.
Ooooooh you MUST have a look especially at the Chicken Fairy-Tale book - I guarantee, any chicken lover (particularly if you have Silkies) will adore it!