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Calling all keepers!
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:18

Calling all keepers!

After a flying start and cracking success around the north-east, HenPower is spreading its wings to reach hen keepers across the globe in a research initiative aiming to unearth and share hen tales and chicken stories with ‘henthusiasts’ near and far.

The project – part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by older people’s charity Equal Arts – hopes to see the stories of more than 1,000 people captured through film, literature, photography and audio recordings.

The overall purpose is to explore the cultural and social changes in hen keeping, taking it from necessity during times of war, to a family-friendly hobby with hens being kept as pets.

Dr Naomi Sykes, senior lecturer in archeology at the University of Nottingham which is taking part in the project, said: “Running until 2017, this research will look at human and chicken interactions through time, when they became domesticated and why and how these changes explain our attitudes towards each other.”

Follow that!
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

followA Tow Law-based firm received a business boost from Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis. Recently Margaret Manchester, owner of Durham Hens, tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly.

Theo re-tweeted Margaret’s message to his 444,000 followers and, as a result, the business ( gained 200 more followers, plus extra orders for its laying hens and poultry supplies. The company has also been profiled on a new website ( that’s exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners.

Commenting on the development, Margaret said: “Our reputation for selling quality stock and providing helpful advice means customers travel amazing distances to visit us. It’s great that Theo has recognised our hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his following.”

Durham Hens began as a hobby business in 2007, and has increased in size every year since. It now employs six people selling laying hens, pure and rare breed chickens and fertile hatching eggs.

The company also sells supplies nationally through ecommerce, offers a regional delivery service, runs courses on chicken-keeping and a hen boarding service.

Orloff club
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

Orloff club

We mistakenly suggested in last month’s buying guide that the Orloff was without a breed club, and so fell under the protective umbrella of the Rare Poultry Society.

In fact, the breed is now being ably supported by the Russian Orloff Society, and if you’d like to find out more about this fascinating bird, or the club itself, you can start by getting in touch with the new membership secretary, Mrs Tina Hall, on 07778 0442947.

Alternatively, you can visit the Society’s website at: or send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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: Orders can be place by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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