Chickens

Dear Mary: my friends’ annoying habit when referring to their toddlers

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Q. Most of my friends have small children and being mostly media types in west London, have given them silly…

One thing I learned in 2016 – it’s hateful being right all the time

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Merry Christmas everyone. Here are some things I learned — or relearned — in 2016.   1. That which does…

Who needs a chicken labelled ‘cook before eating’?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I was saying the other week that my new hearing aids had come with a warning not to swallow their…

The fox that killed my chickens depressed me more than 250,000 tsunami deaths

4 April 2015 9:00 am

It is hard to know how a tragedy is going to move a person who is not directly affected by…

What my chickens need is a dog

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Of the nine chickens I used to keep here in Northamptonshire only one survived the summer, and it was the…

Freedom for my chickens! All it took was a man with a gun

26 July 2014 9:00 am

If I haven’t mentioned my poultry for a while, it’s because the subject has been too depressing. I had been…

Would the urine of an eight-year-old protect my chickens?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I was predicting in a recent column that the arrival of spring would be bad news for my poultry, and…

Our first kills of spring

19 April 2014 9:00 am

The arrival of spring is not an unmitigated joy. The warmth is nice, of course, as are the fresh leaves…

A dog mess or two is not too high a price to pay for an owner’s happiness

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A month ago I was reporting complacently that peace and calm had returned to Stoke Park after a series of…

Good news from Alexander Chancellor’s menagerie

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There is at last good news to report on the poultry front. In the past, when I have mentioned my…

Letters

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Gove’s history lessons Sir: ‘The idea that there is a canonical body of knowledge that must be mastered,’ says Professor…