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Great show!
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

Great show!

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.


BHWT anniversary
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

BHWT anniversary

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.


Don’t go feeding the rats
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:57


If you’re wondering where all your precious poultry feed is going, the answer will most probably be down the throats of rats and other vermin.

Grandpa’s Feeders may well have the solution. The weight of a chicken standing on a platform opens the lid, giving it access to the food, but pests such as wild birds, rats and mice aren’t heavy enough to open it.

These feeders will allow chicken owners to go away for weekends or longer without worrying about feeding their hens. The Standard Feeder holds 9kg of feed (sufficient supply for 10 birds, for six days) and the Large Feeder, 18kg.

Grandpa’s Feeders are made of highquality, galvanized steel which ensures a long working life, and are designed for outside use. Many people who bought them when they were first introduced in New Zealand are still using the same one today.

New from Brinsea
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

New from Brinsea

Brinsea Products Ltd, the incubation specialist is to broaden its popular range of OvaEasy cabinet incubators, with the introduction for 2015 of the table-top OvaEasy 100.

Ideal for poultry breeders with a dozen or more layers, the new machine shares the advance temperature and humidity control system of its larger siblings in the range, can hold up to 96 chicken eggs and features a convenient and compact, counter-top design.

On sale from February 2015 for £575.00 (inc VAT), full details about the OvaEasy 100 are available from Brinsea Products Ltd by calling 08452 260120, or visiting the website at:


Light relief
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00

Light relief

If you’re struggling for light in your chicken coop or poultry feed shed this winter, then a new product from could be just the answer.

The Wand Lite is a flexible, LED strip light that runs from any 12V battery. It’s quick to put up, easy to use, virtually unbreakable and can be used anywhere.

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