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Sussex supremo retires
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

Sussex supremo retires

Nick Smith has decided, after several decades with large Light Sussex, that it’s time to slow down and just focus on the bantams.

The large ‘Lights’ have been in the family for many years, and were first kept by his father, Fred. Many quality birds have originated from the Smith stable over the years.

Nick and his wife Heather, who also keep Jacobin pigeons and a few bantams including mottled and black Pekins, say they’re looking forward to taking life a bit easier. “Breeding in such quantities year-on-year is exhausting, and we feel we’ve done it for long enough!” Nick explained.

The couple plan to sell off their large Light Sussex in a dispersal sale at this year’s National show in Telford (November 15-16th). No doubt demand will be high, so if you have an interest, be sure to get there early.

 
Natural treatment
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:25

treatmentThe NeemTeam says that using conventional, chemical wormers adds irritants and poisons to the digestive tract, killing and expelling a proportion of parasites and their eggs.

Once deposited, the eggs lay dormant in the soil until picked up by a new animal host, after which they re-establish themselves in the digestive tract and complete their life-cycle.

Conventional treatments aren’t able to offer continuous protection against re-infestation, and the worm burden will gradually increase until it reaches detrimental levels, thus compromising animal health and well-being.

The company’s Four Seasons Anti-Parasitic Tincture is made from 100% natural ingredients, and combines herbal and homeopathic constituents. Consequently, the treatment will not adversely affect the protective natural gut flora. Now available in a larger, 50ml bottle, the product can be given to chickens, cats, dogs and other pets, and is also available in large quantities for equine use.

The tincture can be administered using the pipette supplied, either directly into the mouth or by addition to food or drinking water. Its content includes organic apple cider vinegar, hibiscus, thyme, ginger root, cloves, natural salts and organic bitter apple.

For more information call 01633 263567 or visit: www.theneemteam.co.uk. Orders can be place by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
How many geese?
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

How many geese?

The Goose Club UK is conducting a survey in England of pure breed geese to ascertain bird populations, and also to identify keepers and, if possible, the bloodlines available.

The club has appointed registrars for each of the breeds involved who have already started compiling lists of keepers of the following: Brecon buff, Buff/Grey back, Embden, Pilgrim, Sebastopol, Shetland, Toulouse and West of England.

A short questionnaire will be sent to all known keepers of these breeds. However, the club is sure that some will have slipped through the net, and is asking owners to get in touch to complete the questionnaire.

 
Out of sight!
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Out of sight!

Reversing last year’s stand-out High Vis statement, the perennial military trend hits the coops this season with the launch of Omlet’s Camouflage Chicken Jacket.

Whether they’re dolling themselves up for a night out, preparing for battle against an army of hen-peckers, or forming a disguise to keep badly behaved cockerels at bay, cool chicks, army birds and rowdy hens go mad for a bit of camo.

Offering great comfort and protection with a breathable, showerproof fabric outer, the jackets are ideal for keeping your hens warm, dry and clean when doing battle on rough terrain (your garden) as well as giving them serious street cred.

 
Triple success
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

Triple success

Rhode Island Red poultry breeder Trevor Hardaker, from Yorkshire, was champion at the Craven Feather Auctions summer show and sale of poultry and waterfowl, held at the Skipton Auction Mart at the end of August.

Trevor, who has been breeding show-winning Yorkshire canaries virtually all his life, won with three, 22-week-old, point-of-lay pullets. He got started with the Rhode Island Red just seven years ago, when he retired from his own joinery business, and his title-winners went on to sell for £85.

Show judge Ernest Bailey, from Clitheroe and a member of the Ribble Valley Poultry Club, gave the Reserve Championship award to a trio of 2014 black Leghorns, entered by D Wilkinson, which went on to sell for £50.

The red rosette winners in the waterfowl show class were a pair of 2014-hatched, female white Call ducks from D Hotham, which also made £50 at the sale.

 
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