Whether you're starting out with one or two birds in a small back garden or rearing a flock of hens on your allotment, keeping pet chickens can be rewarding and exciting. This inspiring guide gives you not only the facts that you need, but also true stories of the trials, tribulations and rewards of keeping your own brood.
From deciding which breed to choose through to keeping your flock safe and harvesting your first eggs, keeping chickens is a rewarding pastime, but not without its drawbacks. What if your neighbours complain? What if your flock is plagued by foxes? What about pests, diseases and egg-binding?
With warmth, insight and wit, Julia Hollander has produced a unique guide that will smooth the feathers of all poultry-lovers.
About this author
Julia Hollander is a writer and journalist who lives in Oxford with her husband, children and brood of domestic chickens. Previously the youngest female opera director at the ENO, she is the author of When the Bough Breaks (Hodder, 2008).