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Continuing our series on becoming self-sufficient one step at a time, we look at one of the most talked-about features of this lifestyle... hens

Many people dream about becoming self-sufficient but going the whole hog in one go is not practical for most. Moving gradually is easier.

Last month, we looked at preparing your soil and planning out planting and this month we are thinking about eggs, looking at the best ways to approach keeping hens.

Firstly, in order to have happy healthy birds you need a proper home for them and there are various points to consider. Hens do not like being cold and wet – who does? – so you need a waterproof, well-insulated hen house equipped with roosting perches and laying boxes. It must be out of the wind but also in the semi-shade if you live in the south of France.

They will also need outdoor space where they can scratch, have dust baths and forage for insects; plus access ...

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