When Julia Hollander bought her daughter a rabbit, she had no idea that she would buy some hens as well. Finding herself at the wrong end of a steep learning curve, she had to master hen husbandry in a short period of time, from what to feed them to how to fox proof a small urban garden.
This book is a record of the five years of trial and error in which Julia charts the joys, challenges and moments of disappointment that face any aspiring poultry keeper.
It's also a compendium of wisdom that explains, among other things, which breeds are most productive, why some hens lay double-yolkers and how we have the Second World War to thank for our ability to tell newly hatched male and female chicks apart.
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