Attila The Hen

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Writer Natalie Haynes, who has heard some dark rumours about the true habits of the hen, meets some of the people and poultry involved in the fashion for keeping urban chickens. Her own chicken knowledge being limited entirely to their lives in Ancient Rome, she seeks information from chicken breeders and keepers; but perhaps the most keen insight is from ornithologist Mark Cocker, who explains how things look from the chickens' own perspective.

Producer Christine Hall.

The fashion for keeping chickens in your back garden shows no sign of waning, but Natalie Haynes has heard some dark rumours about the true habits of the hen.

Can they be true? Natalie's own chicken knowledge being limited entirely to their lives in Ancient Rome, she hears from chicken breeders and keepers; but perhaps the most keen insight is from ornithologist Mark Cocker, who explains how things look from the chickens' own perspective.

Poultry and people can be very good for one another, but like any relationship it does require respect.

Journalist Natalie Haynes investigates the real life of the urban chicken.