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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.

Innovation at Mill
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:44

Innovation at MillCopdock Mill has been supplying grains and cereals to the British farming industry for over 102 years.

Still family-owned and with a huge focus on animal welfare and well-being, the company produces an impressive selection of feeds and supplementary products for both hobby poultry keepers and smallholders alike.

The jewel in the range, launched in 2012 and going from strength to strength, is Range Layers Pellets with Verm-X. The company says this fantastic poultry ration offers natural control and daily protection against intestinal challenges, and is 100% herbal so you can eat your eggs while feeding!

Call 01473 730246 or send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find your nearest stockist.

Chickens in the Garden
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

Chickens in the Garden

For the first time, this year’s popular Autumn Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall, near Stowmarket, Suffolk, will be including something for chicken enthusiasts.

The programme of gardening workshops in the Garden Marquee will feature a ‘Chickens in the Garden’ talk, being given by regular PP contributor, Andy Marshall.

The event takes place on September 14th, between 10am and 4pm, and entry for adults costs £6 for adults (children are free). Tickets can be bought in advance by calling 01473 890799, car parking is free and there’s more information available on the website at:


Lost a chicken?
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

Lost a chicken?

I’m writing on behalf of the Staffordshire North Branch of the RSPCA, to ask for help in finding the owners of a chicken that’s come into our care.

The bird, which is believed to be a youngish Marans male, was picked up by an inspector from someone’s garden; all local chicken owners were asked but none was missing the bird.

The chicken, now named Tony, is currently living with my own birds, as the inspectors really didn't have any idea what else to do with him. He’s a very healthy young bird whose right wing had been clipped. Everything points to him having been well cared for.

I’m well aware of the possibility that Tony is simply an unwanted cockerel, but he may also be a much-loved bird that simply went walk-about. Here’s hoping that somebody recognises him.

So if you can throw any light on the mystery, please email me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call the Staffordshire North Branch of the RSPCA on 01538 388604.

Phillipa Leigh Hunter


Glorious New Forest
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Glorious New Forest

This year’s New Forest Poultry Show and poultry display took place over three glorious days late in July.

Best in Show in the poultry marquee – as judged by Fred Hams – was a fine, black Cochin, while the bird that won The Visitors’ Best in Show award was a blue-tailed buff Columbian Brahma, owned by Ed Godwin.

Winning the Presidents Cup in 2013 ensured a bigger marquee for the poultry event this year, with the extra space allowing easier access for those with push chairs or mobility scooters.

The peafowl and turkeys were in pens beside me, and many visitors enjoyed a conversation with the stag and, not to be left out, the peacock frequently joined in.

Brinsea Incubators, Dawn till Dusk Doors, PDM Game & Poultry, Salisbury Poultry Club and veterinary surgeons, Rita Alves and myself supported Chloe and Ed from Emer Farm Poultry, the organisers of the Poultry Marquee.

But, for many the highlight of the show was the duck racing, held throughout each day. These races raised £283 in donations for the Hampshire Country Learning charity.

I thoroughly enjoyed an exhausting but fun-filled three days, and can confirm that the dates for next year’s New Forest Show are July 28-30th, so don’t forget to pop that in your diary! David Parsons

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