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Chicken Boy: My Life With Hens

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It is impossible to easily classify the book in terms of genre: part reflection on the joys of keeping hens, part memoir of the substantial role that chickens have played in Parkinson’s life, part guide to hen keeping, part encyclopedia of the beautiful menagerie of chicken breeds. This hugely informative, joyful and amusing book has me desperately wondering and hoping that I could, after all, find space in my small garden for a few chickens. Parkinson is charming and knowledgeable, passionate about chickens and the way of life he has chosen and he is very generous in the way he shares it with the reader. As a life-long aviculturist, I laud this book for everything it offers, including the exercise of conscience and strategic engagement with the keeping of poultry.

This is for more than that, lovely narrative and packed with information that’s given in a warm and friendly way.

It also made me realise that I am not in a position to get chickens and that to get them would be entirely for my own pleasure and that is not the point. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Arthur Parkinson is a young British gardening expert who, judging by his six-figure Instagram follower number (which I now count myself amongst), is apparently pretty well known, although he was unfamiliar to me before I encountered Chicken Boy. Would love to have chickens but not enough space unfortunately and having read this book I would want only the best for my chickens! Arthur Parkinson is well known for his flamboyant garden designs, and this book includes many of his own drawings and photographs with his ‘girls’, alongside lots of practical hen keeping advice. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.He has written several books on gardening most notably The Flower Yard and his first book on chickens is due out at Easter 2022.

From the local allotments and his nan’s back garden, to Chatsworth and an unlikely friendship with the late Duchess of Devonshire, a famous hen-keeper, Chicken Boy tells the story of the love and satisfaction to be found in caring for living things. Illustrated with Arthur's own characterful watercolours and photographs of his 'girls', and laden with practical hen-keeping tips, gardening advice and introductions to common, rare and pure breeds, Chicken Boy is a one-of-a-kind memoir of a life in nature.I have neither inclination nor conducive circumstances to raise chickens anytime soon (although I generally enjoy reading about agrarian life and have always been fond of chickens), but Chicken Boy ranks among my favorite reads in recent memory. Additional note that this is the most beautiful and satisfying hardback book I now own, the format and texture and every page so well thought through n produced. Brings to life the joy of keeping hens and enriches one understanding of them in a beautiful and engaging way.

It is also the book for people who already keep hens as there is something to learn on almost every page.

A perfectly balanced memoir, hen keeping guide and art/photo exhibition of the joys and realities of keeping hens. His writing and photography are regularly featured in the Daily Telegraph , and have appeared in The Times , Country Life and Country Living , among other magazines and newspapers; he has also featured in BBC Two's Gardeners' World . Arthur Parkinson is an English author, Gardener, photographer, illustrator and farm animal rights campaigner, originally from Nottinghamshire where he still spends much of his time between living also in Gloucestershire. Came away with a much deeper understanding of my hens, what they need and how I can improve their lives for the better.

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