Doing Bird

Doing Bird tells you what it’s really like to keep chickens, charting the highs and lows in the year of an amateur hen keeper and his flock.

Thousands of people are keeping chickens as pets for the first time. There are plenty of books that will show you how. Doing Bird tells you what it’s like, charting the highs and lows in the year of an amateur hen keeper and his flock.

Split into months and seasons, Doing Bird is an extension of Gurdon’s highly successful Sunday Telegraph ‘Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance’ column, and brings out the characters and idiosyncrasies of the birds themselves.

After fourteen years of garden chicken keeping, Martin Gurdon and his wife thought adding some ducks and doves to their flock would be harmless fun. They didn’t realise what they were letting themselves in for. Charting the seasonal adventures and misadventures of an amateur domestic bird owner and his flock, Doing Bird introduces you to a world filled with ducks who think they’re chickens, a hen called Ann Summers, doves needing parenting classes, Bombay, the drake with an unrequited love for Bella the chicken, Dill the duckling with a fear of water and Barry the drug-taking cockerel. Doing Bird is a fowl story of a man, a woman and a load of feathery trouble. A mud-spattered, fox, rabbit and builder-infested world far removed from the rose-tinted bucolic fantasy – and far, far funnier.

Martin and Sarkozy, one of his flock, will be appearing at these bookshops.

Clapham Bookshop (April. Date TBC),

Waterstones, Tenterden High Street, Tenterden, Kent. Saturday, April 20th, 12-4pm (signing).

Much Ado Books, Alfriston, Sussex. Saturday, April 27th, 3 p.m. (talk and signing).

David’s Bookshop, Letchworth, Herts. 7.00pm, Friday May 10th (talk and signing), Saturday May 11th (signing).

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