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John Harrison and Hen

John Harrison and Hen

When I was a child I came home with a book – Poultry Keeping for Beginners – which stated ‘All you want to know about poultry keeping whether you start with day old chicks, 8 16 or 20 week old chickens or pullets in laying condition

This was not well received by my parents who felt getting me to clean out the rabbit hutch was work enough and the book went to the shelf.

Then, in the 1970’s, I came back from a holiday in Wales with the Backyard Dairy Book and the Backyard Poultry Book.

Dreams of a smallholding, milking the cow and eating eggs still warm fresh were not, sadly, to become reality although some backgarden chickens soon appeared to amaze the neighbours who loved the eggs.

The Poultry Blog

  • Feeding Chickens Waste Food & Other Livestock

    A discussion by John Harrison about the law on feeding chickens and other livestock waste food. What are they and do they make sense or support business?
  • Bedtime Fun – Cleaning the Eglu Cube

    The fun of getting the youngsters to bed, unruly teenagers that they are! The weekend cleaning job is never fun but it's easier with the Eglu.
  • Muck, Muck, Glorious Muck

    Hens do make an awful lot of muck but their droppings aren't so much a problem as a fantastic garden resource if handled properly.
  • Bob’s Recovering – Wing Clipping – Eggs

    Bob the hen is recovering well, her feathers coming in fast now although she's in moult Wings were clipped on the escapees. Richer, darker yolks on our eggs
  • 2 Surprises from the Hens

    We had to go out and when we came back our hens had 2 surprises for us. One that scared me and the other made us happy. Getting more and better eggs, now.

The Allotment Poultry

Fast-forward to a 14 years ago and I took on my allotment. Growing my own vegetables and actually becoming self-sufficient to a degree fanned the smouldering dream back into life.

After this there was a bit of a battle with the local council, which resulted in permission to keep poultry on the allotment. Our small back garden wasn’t really suitable for a number of reasons but mainly our cats.

It’s not that the cats would hunt the chickens but that the cats are phobic about large birds after living for three years by the seaside and being subject to attack by seagulls. Hence the great keeping chooks on the plot war with the authorities.

Now we have the place in the country we dreamed of on our honeymoon and our grown-up daughter and her family live nearby to us in Wales. She’s quite an expert on home poultry keeping having had flocks of chickens, ducks and quail in her back yard in Yorkshire and so is now setting up our poultry enterprise on the smallholding.

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