For generations, people in the countryside have kept chickens, mainly for the eggs. Now, more and more people, in town as well as countryside, are enjoying the pleasure of keeping hens in the garden and reaping the reward of those freshly-laid eggs every day. Virginia Shirt has lived with chickens for over 15 years so her knowledge of these fascinating birds is conditioned by practical experience. Her book is a revelation to every aspiring enthusiast. Concentrating initially on the very first steps, like choosing the correct spot in the garden for the coop, the book goes on to deal with feeding and rearing chicks and comprehensively covers matters relating to health and disease all aided by illustrations throughout. Her book is the essential reference tool for every chicken lover.
Virginia Shirt was born a long time ago! She has kept many different varieties of animals since childhood. Horses are her first love followed very closely by dogs and cats. Since starting with chickens many years ago they have become a very important part of her life.
In recent years she has written for many magazines and journals and is in the process of writing her diaries.
Running an animal sanctuary leaves a limited ammount of time for writting but she still manages to write and contribute to many magazines. The animal sanctuary is an important part of her life. She rescues many unwanted and abandoned animals. Many of the animals are the inspiration behind her stories. Look out for her "teaching Children to Ride" manual, due out in the spring. Also coming soon is "Tales from the Sanctuary" this will be a book full of many of the animals that have passed through the sanctuary over the years. The book will tell each individual story to be enjoyed by animal lovers worldwide. And, of course, the diaries of the last three, traumatic years of her life, Annimosity Farm.