Fresh eggs from your own hens?
A SURREY poultry farm owner has just published a highly informative book about how to keep chickens in your back garden.
Suzie Baldwin gives plenty of helpful advice on how to get started, what to feed the chickens and how to spot normal and abnormal behaviour in the birds.
And with the price of eggs soaring, the book will offer invaluable help to the many people who are now deciding to keep their own hens.
The book, Chickens – the Essential Guide to Choosing and Keeping Happy, Healthy Hens, is an easy-to-read guide with scores of illustrations.
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Now, keeping chickens is one of the fastest growing hobbies across Europe, with the UK seeing the biggest revival since the Second World War.
An estimated 700,000 people nationwide opt to keep hens in their back garden.
Housing a chicken can work out as little as 3p to 5p a day – or £14 per year. This is minimal compared to the price of eggs, which has risen by up to 40 per cent since 2010.
The new book tells how there are more than 180 varieties of domestic hens available.
Flick through the pages and learn how to select a healthy bird and how to choose the most suitable coop and protect against predators.
Readers can learn how to deal with behaviour problems. There is also a glossary of key phrases and terminology.
Published by Kyle Books, the publication costs £14.99 and is available through local bookshops.