JEREMY HOB­SON’S CHOICE

Your Chickens - - Feature | Books -

Of all the poultry/chick­en­keep­ing books on my shelves (and be­lieve me, there are plenty!) the one that has in­flu­enced me most is Ban­tams and Minia­ture Fowl by W H Silk. Pub­lished in 1951, Silk’s style of writ­ing, his en­thu­si­asm, ob­vi­ous knowl­edge – and the pho­tos (de­spite be­ing black and white and some­what ‘grainy’) were suf­fi­cient to set me on the road to, what has since turned out to be, a life­time of ban­tam-keep­ing.

Around the same time (the late 1960s) I dis­cov­ered the Ditch­field ‘Lit­tle Won­der’ se­ries of books. Priced at a shilling (5p) these in­for­ma­tive pa­per­backs in­cluded such ti­tles as Ban­tams for Plea­sure and Profit and Chicken-keep­ing for Begin­ners. All in all, pocket money well spent!

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