Chicken book

Chicken book

CHICKEN COOPS FOR THE SOUL – http://bit.ly/Coops1 When Julia Hollander went to buy her daughter a rabbit for Christmas she came home with a couple of hens. Five years later, the whole family was on its way to the National Poultry Club show, connoisseurs of the...

ILLUSTRATIONS

People ask who did the illustrations for my book, CHICKEN COOPS.. so I had better own up – ’twas me. Art A-level too many decades ago is the only qualification I can summon to mind, though I have managed to keep my hand in meanwhile with a sketch-book in...

SOLAR POWER

Like wild birds, chickens are highly attuned to light. Wrap a wing around her face and in a couple of seconds she will be fast asleep, such is her sight’s sensitivity. Which is why she is so much more efficient than my children at putting herself to bed at...

Tragedy

I should have posted earlier, to describe the terrible demise of my first family of chicks. Well. Peaches’. Five of them hatched. Three were really sturdy and on day two were out on the lawn, learning their mother’s old-fashioned scratch-n-peck form of...

Phew

So – that scrawny little thing eventually made it out (five hours later). And I’m proud to say I resisted the temptation to prise away the shell….It is flailing around quite horribly now, and its proud Mum is nudging it around with her beak –...
Birth pangs

Birth pangs

OO la la, sometimes life in chickenville gets seriously exciting. Peaches, our darling little Pekin – so docile, so pretty – got in the mood for babies a month or so ago (inspired, naturally, by my putting three white plastic eggs in her nest). Being in...