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Book for a chook

I am reading chicken books. Tonnes of them. I am a new mother of 12 and like every new mother I panic about everything…feeding, behaviour, friendships, squabbles, toes and in my case feathers and beaks!

I am back and forth to London hospitals this week, so a short post. Tony is being mother hen while I am away and I am sending “helpful” emails each day as I find something interesting or essential for happy girls.

Chickens by Suzie Baldwin is a great read for a quick rough guide. The photography is lovely and the text flows easily providing a lot of informed and reassuring chapters covering all the basics and a bit more.

The single chicken and two on the perch are my girls. Chickens are hard to photograph as those little heads bob about so quickly and they are a very busy bunch, worm hunting , scratching and standing on my feet to pull my shoe-laces.

Well I will apologise now, but over the next few weeks there will be a derth of poultry posts and I hope helpful for any of you wondering if at your home or in a new life in France or elsewhere, you might take the plunge or rather take flight into the world of chickens.

14 thoughts on “Book for a chook

  1. Im afraid its still just a decoration piece, unused although each time I look at it im proud of my creativity. An unexpected difficult week with Simon has meant little time in the garden but I might get some treats next week and try and encourage some feathered exercise. Or maybe read up as to how to get them to see the benefits of swinging.

  2. Delightful, Judi. I’m such a fan of chickens, having imprinted on them as a child. There were no other children my age close to hand so my best friends all had feathers. 🙂

    1. That’s so sweet. They are lovely and such characters. I have never actually spent any time with chickens so big learning curve. My big passion is pigs. Adore them. As a child (Only child too and very shy) I used to love going to the local farm and wildlife parks and seek out the pigs or hogs. But lots of work so unless our life takes that animal route I won’t be be hearing oinks over pales of warm milk and spud peel. But who knows. Animal friends are priceless.

  3. Fantastic! Wow … all those eggs. We eat a lot of eggs as I like baking and for some reason we both like eggs on a Sunday night for supper usually after having had a big roast earlier in the day, also poached eggs on toast. Husband dearest has become a little smug about how good he is in making the perfect poached egg … How exciting for you to have chickens … I’m rather jealous! Katie x

    1. Therapy with wings but they don’t fly away! I love poached eggs..comfort food at it’s best. I make a gluten free flat bread to have them on. Yummy. Big roasts I miss and Yorkshire puddings. Once kitchen done next year I will have no excuses. Happy weekend. Judi x

  4. Cute girls! Good luck with your new family. A good friend has a small holding in France, couldn’t wait to get chicks, loved them to pieces too!

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