The idea is simply to collect chicken tales of all sorts, from as wide a cross-section of keepers and enthusiasts as possible. If you feel you’ve got something to contribute, the best way to start is by visiting the website at www.whatsyourhenstory. com, where you can read stories and see short films about people’s experiences of hen keeping.
You’ll find story categories listed there linked to easy-to-answer questions that’ll make contributing your experiences just about as simple as it can be.
It’s all fascinating stuff so why not get involved?
We were delighted to be able to attend the recent opening of Brinsea Product’s new factory in Weston-Super-Mare.
Company founder Frank Pearce had flown over from his home in Florida for the occasion, and watched with evident pride as his son and current Brinsea managing director Ian Pearce, and television celebrity and Brinsea incubator user, Kate Humble, cut the ribbon.
Brinsea took the opportunity of inviting a complete cross-section of poultry enthusiasts to this event, with the majority of the 100+ attending being from breed clubs, societies and other chicken-related organisations.
After the opening ceremony we were offered guided tours behind the scenes at the new factory, which also includes the company’s research and development facilities, and there were plenty of helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer all questions.
We certainly wish Brinsea Products every success in its new premises and, having seen the facilities available there, trust the company and its British-made product range will continue to go from strength to strength.
The chicken keeper’s problem solver by Chris Graham (Octopus Books, ISBN: 978-0- 600-63013-5, £12.99), is a newly-published, 225-page hardback which provides answers to – and explanations for – 100 of the most common, chicken-related issues likely to be encountered by back garden poultry enthusiasts.
With chapters covering everything from food and water, housing and rodents to health issues, incubation and behavioural problems, the contents provide a comprehensive treasure trove of practical information designed as a handy reference source for use when trouble strikes.
Nobody likes to imagine that things are going to go wrong with their hens but, in reality, problems do occur. To minimise the likelihood of any suffering, it’s important to be ready to act both swiftly and effectively when they do.
What a lovely day it turned out to be for the recent Young Stock Show organised by The East of England Poultry Club. There was a healthy entry of 220 (including eggs) and the judges on the day were Barry Howard and Paul Kerfoot; many thanks to them both.
Judges and visitors alike saw some quality birds on show, but the judges went for Callum Lewis’ Modern Game bantam as their Best in Show. This is young Callum’s first year competing in the adult classes, but this victory is his second consecutive major award at this event.
The Reserve Best in Show award when to Barbara Forrester’s very well turned out white Call duck. Other notable successes included John and Rose Watts who won Best Rare Breed with their Yokohama male, Terry Marshall and Valentina Torrentejava who won Best Large Heavy with their majestic, black Orpington female and Nick Hampstead Taylor who took the Soft Feather Light class with his fine white Leghorn female.
The East of England’s next show will be at Horncastle on March 1st, and the club itself holds regular meetings on the second Monday of the month.
For details about the club and its forthcoming events, contact either Len Clark on 01754 872417, or Janet Bullen on 01205 870689.
We’re delighted to report that 2015 is the British Hen Welfare Trust’s 10th anniversary, and what a 10 years it’s been thanks to the unstinting efforts of charity founder, Jane Howorth.
We’ve worked a lot with the BHWT over the years, and look forward to continuing with our support for its fine efforts in the future.
Having started from nothing in 2004, the organisation now boasts 32 teams around the UK, made up of 368 volunteers who tirelessly work for nothing, but go home from hen collection days with the warm and cosy glow of knowing they have made a real difference.
To date, the charity has changed the fortunes of 445,000 hens, which is a pretty amazing achievement, whichever way you look at it.