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New Forest Heritage celebration
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

New Forest Heritage celebration

Chicken enthusiasts from Hampshire and Dorset should pop a note in their diaries about the the New Forest Heritage Day, taking place at the Filly Inn, Setley, near Brockenhurst, on July 23rd.

The event will include a stand being run by The Chicken Project, at which visitors will be able to learn lots of fascinating things about chicken archaeology and its application to the present and future with.

Those attending will be able to handle archaeological bone material, learn how zooarchaeologists investigate the past and explore how scientific analyses can unlock the mysteries of chicken domestication in the distant past.

It’ll be a great opportunity to tap into the unique research that’s establishing how and why the chicken now means so much to so many, and for a whole host of different reasons!

 
Lowland highlight in Scotland!
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

Lowland highlight in Scotland!

Late May saw at least some sunshine to grace one of the highlights of the Scottish agricultural calender, the Fife Show, held at Kinloss, near Cupar, in south-east Scotland.

The future of the Fancy looks to be very healthy indeed up here, with the Best Junior prize being won by Lyam Webster, with a fine Dutch cockerel.

The award for the Best Large Fowl went to the Cuthbert family’s giant of a black Orpington male, who also proved that size isn’t everything by winning Best True Bantam with a black Dutch male (the same bird also took Reserve Champion).

 
David’s a winner!
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

David’s a winner!

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the Green Frog Hen House competition, which ran in the May issue, is David Piatnyczuk from Mouswald, Dumfrieshire, in Scotland. He correctly answered that the roof of the Green Frog Chicken Lodge is available in three colours, and his name was drawn at random from the hundreds of entries we received. Many thanks to you all for having a go!

For those interested in finding out more about Green Frog’s innovative range of recycled-plastic hen houses and other products, you can call 01963 371563 or visit the website at: www.greenfrogdesigns.co.uk

 

 
PP at Glastonbury Festival
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

PP at Glastonbury FestivalAs the latest issue hits the shops, music fans will be flocking to the Glastonbury Festival (June 25-29th). Few of them, though, will be expecting to learn about chickens while in Somerset.

However, two Bournemouth-based members of the Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions project – of which this magazine is a proud supporter – will be running a stand in the Festival’s Green Futures Field’s Science Tent, to provide just that opportunity.

The aim is to explore the process of domestication, the spread of the chicken across the world and the changes that have occurred skeletally, genetically and behaviourally as a result.

The stand will be offering bones and artifacts to handle, interactive charting to engage with, historical recipes, links to modern poultry keeping and much more!

 

 
Hens for Pets
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Hens for Pets, the chicken supplies business successfully run by Teresa Benham in Nottinghamshire for the past three years, has announced that it’s moved to new premises.

The original shop at Giltbrook, Notts., has closed and customers can now find Teresa and her extensive range of products – ranging from feed and incubators to hatching eggs and hybrid layers – at Ravenshead Plant Centre, with lovely rural surroundings, close to Newstead Abbey Park at Ravenshead, N.Notts.

Hens for Pets, which also runs free, onehour introductory poultry keeping courses for customers, will now be open seven days a week during the summer months, Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and 10am-4pm on Sundays. There’s also late opening on Thursdays, until 7pm.

There’s lots more information available at: www.hensforpets.co.uk

 
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