Keeping Hens

  • Keeping Hens
  • Keeping Hens
  • Keeping Hens
  • Keeping Hens

Keeping Hens: A Chatty Guide to Chickens
by Jane Furnival

Paperback, 134pp.
ISBN 978191611482

Keeping hens is easy. This friendly, chatty book gives you all the everyday information you need to keep your hens happy and safe. It covers all the questions you might have: How many hens to keep? What to feed them? What about a cockerel? Will they get on with the dog or destroy the vegetable patch?

Jane Furnival shares her decade of experience with a back garden flock. Jane’s chatty guide includes top tips, no-nonsense money-saving ideas and practical suggestions. Jane’s husband Andy also gives instructions for building your own henhouse.

Jane’s hilarious and heartwarming stories of life with Winchester the cockerel and his hen-pecked retinue will entertain animal lovers and inspire anyone who is thinking about keeping chickens.

Jane Furnival was the author of cult bestseller Mr Thrifty’s How to Save Money on Absolutely Everything, and became TV’s Queen of Thrift as presenter of the BBC1 series Smart Spenders, and a regular on GMTV. Jane passed away in 2012, leaving Keeping Hens unpublished. The manuscript has been updated by her family and chicken experts, and the book includes a new foreword and contributions from her son Will.

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"A great compact and informative manual especially useful to those thinking about starting a life in the company of hens."
- Nancy Birtwhistle, GBBO winner and author of ‘Clean and Green’

"I couldn’t stop reading this amazing book.
It was really funny, light-hearted, chatty and informative but most of all you can see how much love and passion Jane had for her animals and family. I learned a lot about chickens from this guide and I actually didn’t realise that hens can be very friendly …
I highly recommend to give this book a read even if you have no intention of keeping animals just because it was wholesome and interesting. This guide is Jane Furnival’s legacy which is truly a great read."
- Shelflife Book Reviews, 4.5 stars