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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Elliot Right Way Books (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716030187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716030188
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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.


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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.

About the Author

Virginia Shirt lives on a small farm in Derbyshire and has been keeping chickens for over 15 years. Her love and enthusiasm for these animals is shared in this, her first book, and her hope is that, with her help and a small initial outlay for equipment and so on, anybody can enjoy the fun of having their own chickens and, of course, a regular supply of fresh, nutritious eggs.

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144 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Freespirit TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2012
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Please do not buy this book as a present for one of your children, your partner, your wife or anyone else unless theya re established chicken farmers! I made the mistake of buying this as a gift as the wife was harping on about how nice chickens are. Thinking she would look at it and put it on the bookshelf and be done with it, I got her a copy. Biggest mistake of my life. I returned from work one day to find a beautiful state of the art chicken coop erected in our back garden, an egg incubator in the spare bedroom, and several large balls of white fluff wandering around the garden making clucking noises. The wife told me they WERE chickens - SIlkies. She had seen them on the book, apparently they make good pets and are easy to keep. Not content with silkies, we now have some cream legbars and the most recent addition are 2 'Jersey hens' which hatched in the incubator. Never heard of Jersey hens so I looked them up in the book (take note!!) nad found they were actually Jersey Giants - now apparently these hens grow as big as bloomin turkeys. I would never have known that if it hadn't been for the book. So, yes, it is a fantastic book but if you do not want to sit on an evening, with a silkie chicken called Tallulah on your shoulder while you try to watch the news...then DO NOT BUY IT. Chickens are addictive, entertaining and this book tells you everything you need to know about keeping them and their welfare. It also gives tips on various breeds etc. My wife now has a collection of 20 chickens and they produce some lovely eggs and make the garden look nice. I am a broken man and have been adopted by a bloomin chicken!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Harrison on 7 Feb. 2009
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This is a lovely book, it's written by a home chicken keeper for other prospective home chicken keepers. It's very easy and absolutely charming yet there's a lot of useful information. She's not afraid to tell you the downside as well as the up.
If you want photographs and puff, it's not for you. If you are serious, then go for it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ms Jolly on 28 Jun. 2010
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Having made the decision to keep chickens, I thought it wise to read up on the finer points of looking after them. I decided to purchase this book, hoping it would teach me the dos and dont's. It mostly taught me the dos but was lacking in information about the dont's ie 'Don't give your chickens certain foodstuff'(which I wont go into here as the list is very long).
This 'booklet', I call it that as I think it best describes what you get, is OK as an initial starter reference guide but I would suggest that anyone serious about keeping chickens correctly, would do well to buy a more informative and in depth book.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Annie J on 1 Nov. 2007
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If you are thinking about keeping chickens everything that you need to know is in this book. Absolutely excellent!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pawsey on 28 May 2012
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This is an excellent book that gives clear and detailed information for anyone new to keeping chickens. I found the book very approachable and will be referring back to it no doubt. The authors enthusiasm and love for her chickens is evident and endearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sassyk9 on 19 July 2012
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what an ace little book, when it arrived I was a tad disappointed as there weren't any glossy pictures, but having read it from cover to cover I am converted. I bought it ready for our move to France sometime in the next 12 months so I have an idea of how to keep chickens but am so tempted to get some now!
It may not have all the information I need but it certainly has enough to wet my appetite and encourage me to think even more seriously about getting some chickens.
Would definitely recommend this to any beginner, it even made me laugh out loud in a couple of places!
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I bought this book as I'm at the early stages of planning to offer a home to 3 or 4 ex battery/cage enriched hens and keeping them in a coop in the back garden with access to a large portable outside run (can't go free range due to local foxes). However I dont know the first thing about keeping hens or their welfare requirements so my first step was to buy a book to read up on it before then talking to hen owners if I felt it was definately something I wanted to do.

After buying and reading this book I now know more but there are still questions unanswered for which I'll have to turn to those 'in the know' on the internet, get myself another book, or track down some hen owners as this book didnt provide what I was looking for (inc some basic novice questions like can they go outside in very cold weather/frost, do they need a heat lamp etc). I thought that overall the book was well written and easy to understand. Sections on hen biology, health, different breeds etc were very informative but I found the chapter on cooking eggs - how to cook poached eggs, make eggy bread etc etc - totally unnecessary. So overall it has some uses but if you're at the 'complete novice' stage like me I think you'll need to buy something more detailed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on 2 Dec. 2012
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I knew nothing about having hens. when our sons decided that bringing hens into our garden was a great idea............
This book has given me loads of info especially on what they eat how to amuse them, egg laying and hen house rules. easy to read and not full of professionals gobbledygook language. maybe as time goes on I might need more info but as a stater book I fully recommend it.
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