WIN a copy of Martin Gurdon’s funny and fascinating Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance (worth £14.99)
WHEN motoring journalist and Your Chickens’ columnist Martin Gurdon started keeping a few garden hens they changed his life. He had expected eggs and rural idyll. Instead he got an avian soap opera of hormonal passions, feather yanking power struggles and frankly deviant behaviour involving goose-stepping, gender-neutral cockerels.
He chronicled these and other sometimes tragic, often hilarious dramas as they overtook his flock in Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance, an unlikely bestseller about the lives, loves and obsessions of birds such as Elvis, the girl with the boy’s name, and Satan the bantam.
Now, 15 years after Hen first appeared, it is back (published by Companion House Books), beautifully illustrated and completely revised with three extra chapters featuring a new cast of characters, including Bombay, the Indian Runner duck with an unhealthy interest in blonde chickens. Still the funniest book about keeping chickens, Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance is probably the most truthful too.