Thanks a million!
Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00
Thanks a million!The Tyneside-based HenPower project that we reported on back in January has been handed a £1m grant from the National Lottery’s Silver Dreams’Fund. The project works to integrate hen’s into older people’s care settings to help combat loneliness and engage the older people in a range of hen-based activities. 
The project was awarded the sum after competing nationally against 1,300 other charities.
Commenting on the amazing award, director Douglas Hunter said: “This really is the first of many great things to come; we cannot wait to begin expanding the project. We get so many enquiries about the work we’re doing, from across the UK and even internationally. Now, with this much-needed funding, we can start taking action.”
Poultry in sharp focus
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:00

Poultry in sharp focus

If you’d like to learn more about how to take good photographs of your birds, then a new course being run by Sue Woods at White Rocks Farm, near Sevenoaks, in Kent, could be just the opportunity you need.

Working both outside as well as in the farm’s purpose-built photographic studio, the course aims to teach the secrets of bird preparation as well as all the essential photographic hints and tips needed to capture great images.

Sue, who was featured in our recent Dorking buyers guide (PP121), has organised several established photographers to help run the courses, which are expected to start in April. The one-day courses, which will cost £80 and run between 10am and 3pm, will also include a fascinating insight into Sue’s film business, as well as a buffet lunch and coffee.

The Scottish Smallholder and Grower Spring Gathering
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 00:00

Following the success for the Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival, there’s a new event for 2014, The Scottish Smallholder and Grower Spring Gathering.

This will take place on May 31st, at Thainstone Agricultural Centre, near Aberdeen, in north-east Scotland. Following the successful format of the Festival, the Gathering will feature a livestock show (with pig, sheep, goat and cattle classes), a poultry and waterfowl show, a garden, craft and food fair, plus trade stands, breed societies and a full programme of inspiring demonstrations and seminars.

The poultry and waterfowl show, will include turkey, geese, duck, bantam, hard feather, large fowl and utility poultry classes, together with a special class for ex-commercial hens and a juniors section.

● For schedules and further information, visit:

Chickens in school
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

A workshop on the practicalities of keeping poultry in schools is being held at Cardinal Wiseman School Farm, in Coventry, on March 27th.

The aspects to be covered include lesson links, health and safety matters, legislation and best practice. Those attending will benefit from seeing examples of established projects, and receive advice on setting up or developing a project from scratch.

The three-hour workshop, which costs £60 per person, will include some hands-on chicken encounters, plus plenty of practical advice, planning details and resource development. Emphasis will also be placed on the positive impact such a project can have on everyday school life.

● For more details, and to book a place, call 07908 912357 or send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Natures Grub goes green
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00

Natures Grub goes green

Norfolk-based Natures Grub has added four interesting new products to its poultry range; Popcorn Treat with Garlic and three versions of Native Garden Blends

Popcorn Treat with Garlic is a healthy, natural treat for all poultry, consisting of air-popped corn, dusted with natural garlic, supplied in fully-compostable, corn starch packaging.

The company says that chickens love the taste and texture of this popcorn, adding that the popping process increases the digestibility of the corn, and the garlic possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties, and may help with the control of parasitic worms, too.

The new Native Garden Blends range includes Fruit Garden Blend, which is a mix of cooked and whole cereals, plus generous amounts of dried, native fruits and berries, such as apple, elderberry and apricot.

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