Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance: Reflections on Raising Chickens

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Watch out, poultry best-seller list: This hilarious account of a rookie poultry-owner's experience raising birds in his backyard is the first "chicken memoir" of its kind. Owning chickens is fast becoming the latest in metropolitan chic- and if you can't own them, you'll still want to read about them. Move over, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt (both rumored to raise chickens), Martin Gurdon is the new celebrity chicken owner.

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Overview

Watch out, poultry best-seller list: This hilarious account of a rookie poultry-owner's experience raising birds in his backyard is the first "chicken memoir" of its kind. Owning chickens is fast becoming the latest in metropolitan chic- and if you can't own them, you'll still want to read about them. Move over, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt (both rumored to raise chickens), Martin Gurdon is the new celebrity chicken owner.

Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance follows the Gurdon family through the ups and downs of this wonderful hobby. In addition to providing eggs, the hens offer distractions from everyday life-BB has terrific telephone etiquette; the spirited but weak Yvette requires Gurdon to act as a personal trainer; and Wimpy is soon renamed Psycho as she's allowed to brood three of her eggs. The book chronicles the daily life of a chicken, including dust baths, brutal pecking order rituals, gender bending encounters, and, for its owner, the possibility of huge vet bills.

The relationship between bird and human is by turns heartwarming and bewildering, but always entertaining. Add "informative" to the list, and you could be describing this very book. In fact, you might even learn a thing or two about raising chickens in Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A lovingly told romp through the adventures of an amateur chicken keeper and his flock." -The Guardian

" A real hoot . . . a book on keeping chickens in the town and the country, but also a humorous look at the bird and its idiosyncrasies." -The Bookseller

"In this warmly funny paean to pet chickens, Gurdon chronicles life with a garden flock of chickens... Gurdon's tales of hens will be popular among readers who love true animal stories in the James Herriot vein."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592283231
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Gurdon has been making his living as a journalist for years, with a particular interest in classic cars. His humorous stories as a chicken keeper have incited much attention from BBC television and radio programs. Originally from London, he now lives in Kent, England.

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Table of Contents

1 The Hows and Whys 3
2 Preparation 15
3 First Flock 23
4 Hens at Home 29
5 The Bird that Turned 35
6 Lost and Found 47
7 In Sickness and in Health 71
8 Confused of Kent 83
9 The Boys 99
10 The Birds 107
11 Eggs and a Potted History 117
12 Mrs. Brown 133
Further Reading 147
Organizations 148
Hatcheries 149
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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    Hysterical!

    This was a laugh out loud book. Even enjoyed by friends without chickens, however if you enjoy chickens of your own, you will really enjoy this tongue and check book. I even learned a couple of valuable tidbits of info! Otherwise, read it just for the gut busting pleasure of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    Top Perch!

    Loved it! A quick fun read for the chicken keeper or the chicken fancier. I've been keeping Speckled Sussex chickens and Guinea Fowl for several years and still learned some things from this book. The plus is the author's lovingly humorous view at the world from a chicken's point of view. One of my top ten!

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