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Backyard Chickens : How to Keep Happy Hens - Dave Ingham

Backyard Chickens

How to Keep Happy Hens

Hardcover Published: 25th January 2017
ISBN: 9781743367537
Number Of Pages: 224

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Keeping a few hens was once only for rural dwellers with big yards - or inner-city hippies. Now it's mainstream and an attractive proposition wherever you live. Fluffy little recycling units that eat weeds, bugs and scraps and turn them into organic eggs - what's not to love? Chickens are great backyard pets for young and old - they're a natural extension for everyone with a vegie patch, and for those who like eggs but are concerned about the welfare of commercial hens.

This book is the perfect reference, whether you're already keeping chickens or an absolute beginner thinking about getting a couple of chooks. Dave Ingham offers compulsively readable advice on how to start, housing and feeding, settling chickens in with other pets, troubleshooting, and the (minimal) commitment required to keep your backyard hens healthy and happy.

About the Author

'This book is the what for, how to, where and why of chickens for novices and wranglers alike.' - Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia

About the Author

Dave Ingham (no relation to the food brand!) is the resident henkeeping expert on radio 702 Weekends with Simon Marnie and runs Rent-a-chook, selling chickens coops and offering try-before-you-buy mini henhouses to Sydneysiders since 2001. Dave first got into henkeeping as an impoverished uni student, when he and his mates planted a mega vegie garden - chickens were a natural extension. With home brewed beer, plentiful free veg and eggs, those students ate far better than their penury would otherwise have allowed. Some years, many chooks and a few houses later, Dave was invited to speak at a sustainability project about what he'd done to make his house more environmentally friendly. He was waxing lyrical about the benefits of keeping chickens and, on a whim, offered to lend an old coop and couple of hens to one of the group to try out.

A no-commitment trial of chooks. Go on, give it a go! Somebody coined the term Dave's Rent-a-chook and it went from there. Since establishing Rent-a-chook in 2001, Dave has seen henkeeping go from a hippie pursuit to something very common and entirely mainstream.


Love the humour, love the book, very informative.


Love the humour, love the book, very informative. Nicely presented, good pictures and diagrams. Only con is that the grey print could be hard for some to read without a good light.

Albany WA


Fun and Informative!


Provides a cheeky, fun yet thoroughly informative insight into all things related to the keeping of backyard chickens.

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria


I would recommend this book for first time chook farmers


A fun, practical and informative book.



Fast & efficient


Great little book. An easy & informative no-nonsense read.

Adelaide, South Australia


It is a great reference for our backyard chicken project


We are in the middle of the project and it is a bit early to give a opinion

Smeaton Grange NSW Australia


Backyard Chickens

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ISBN: 9781743367537
ISBN-10: 1743367538
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 25th January 2017
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.0