KEEPING HENS FOR BEGINNERS
A TAlk and Tea with Charlotte Popescu
Tuesday 14th August 2012. 4.00pm – 6.00pm. £15/£7.50 (booking essential).
Charlotte Popescu has kept hens in her garden for many years as family pets. She also had her own bantams when growing up in Oxfordshire. Married with three boys Charlotte lives the lifestyle that she writes about: keeping hens (an ever increasing flock); growing vegetables and fruit; gathering wild food.
Building on the success of her first chicken related book: Hens in the Garden, Eggs in the Kitchen, Charlotte wrote Best Hens for You – Choosing Breeds for the Garden in which she explores which breeds will be most suitable for a family garden with stories to illustrate chickens and their characters. Last year she published Chicken Runs and Vegetable Plots which is about how to combine growing veg and keeping chickens in the garden. Her new book CHICKOPEDIA which contains everything you could possibly want to discover about hens and cockerels, is just published.
Charlotte will talk about the different breeds and choosing your hens, housing and where to keep them, how to look after them, their characteristics, behaviour and habits, the all important egg laying, keeping cockerels and the joys of hatching chicks, rescuing battery hens, the dreaded predators and much more.
Charlotte Popescu is the daughter of Christine Pullein-Thompson, writer of pony stories and grand daughter of Joanna Cannan, originator of the genre of pony books and well known novelist.
Entry is by ticket – available from the farm shop. £15 adults, £7.50 children (under 16) to include afternoon tea.