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GB Poultry Register relocated
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

The Great Britain Poultry Register (GBPR) was decommissioned in March 2013 and details held on the separate GBPR IT system were moved across to AHVLA’s Sam IT system, which is the main system used by AHVLA to store information about farmers and animal keepers.

Telephone calls previously made to the Poultry Register Helpline are now handled by AHVLA’s Specialist Service Centre in Cardiff. GBPR did not require poultry keepers to have a permanent CPH, as they issued them with a temporary CPH and reference number.

However, the registration process in Sam requires keepers to have a CPH in order to generate a record. If the keeper does not have a permanent CPH from the RPA, and only intends to keep poultry, then AHVLA will issue a 9000-series CPH number, solely for that purpose.

Only in the event that the individual also keeps cattle, sheep etc. as well as poultry, would they need to obtain a permanent CPH from the RPA.

Last chance to win
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

Last chance to winWith the school summer holidays well under way, the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards could offer the perfect boredom buster for children. However, if you want to enter, you’re going to need to be quick!

With a closing date for entries of August 25th, those wanting to take part will need to spring into action. Thankfully, though, entries can be submitted by email, so you can send off an existing photo you may have taken of your favourite chicken or other pet, in a matter of seconds.

Some brilliant prizes are up for grabs for those entering with a photo of their favourite animal plus, the finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony at the Tower of London in December, hosted by Chris Packham.

The popular television presenter explained: “I’ve been judging the competition for several years now, and it’s always really exciting to sift through the entries and whittle them down to the winning shots.

“There are some beautiful photographs which literally take your breath away, some shots which make you see animals in a completely different way and others which just make you laugh!”

Don’t worry, though, you don’t need an expensive camera to take part. If you are 18 and under, just get snapping and visit for more information about the categories and details on how to enter.

Egg nog, anyone?
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Egg nog, anyone?

We were amused to spot in the British Hen Welfare Trust’s latest issue of Chicken and egg, reference to a wonderful, bird-themed bar in Nantes, western France.

Created as part of an art festival in the city, the bar is found perched high up at the top of the Tour Bretagne (Brittany Tower) and is called, appropriately enough, Le Nid, which means The Nest.

Inside, visitors are treated to a whimsical design style, which sits the main bar inside the body of a huge, white bird. The creature’s neck extends out to encircle the 360° seating area, and features a giant, friendly-looking head at its end.

Visitors to the bar enjoy their drinks at tables and chairs that are shaped like broken eggs, complete with yolk-coloured cushions!


Chicken course at Highgrove
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Andy Marshall

In response to popular demand, there will be further chicken keeping courses at Highgrove, Gloucestershire, by kind permission of HRH the Prince of Wales.

Once again, Andy Marshall will be the course tutor on October 25th, and the topics set to be covered will include breeding, incubation, winter management and some dos and don’ts for the chicken keeper. There will also be plenty of opportunity to discuss specific issues.

Refreshments will be served through the day, with lunch provided in The Orchard Room at Highgrove. The course, which costs £75, begins at 10am and the day will finish at approximately 4pm. Further details are available by calling 0845 521 4342, or you can book online by visiting the Highgrove website at:


Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00


Mark Francis, the Chichester-based blacksmith and chicken house manufacturer, has just added a new and larger hen house to his range that has the capacity for up to 120 birds.

Built in the same way as his other units, using plastic boarding and metal framing, the new walk-in, wheeled unit should prove just as easy to clean – and convenient to live with – as the smaller units he produces.

This new house is 16’ long, 8’ wide and 7’ high at the apex of the roof. The base is built from 2in galvanised box tubing and 9mm thick plastic sheeting forms the floor.

Smaller sizes are available, too, but this one costs £3,500 (plus VAT). For more information visit:, send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or give him a call on 01243 773431.


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