From the perch Issue 1

Hi from a cold and snowy Yorkshire.

I am interested to know:

1 - How many birds you have and whether you breed and/or show them.

2 - What people feed their chickens, seed, pellets or fermented.

3 - Where you get the feed from. Agricultural feed merchants, internet  or petstore.

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Those of you who were waiting for hatching eggs for some of our breeds will already know we suffered a theft of 32 birds ( 7 breeding groups).

We lost splash and blue barnevelders, double laced barnevelders and La Bresse Gauloise.

Theft of birds is relatively common, there were 7 other incidents local to us in the week around our theft.

I did a bit of research and looked into some government stats and There are some things you can do to prevent theft of chickens. and some of them are easy and quick.

I have relocated to an alternative site and managed to source replacements from good stock for next year.

From our feedback we had 16 100% hatches from posted eggs this year and an overall hatch rate of 72%.

I replace eggs for the cost of postage if you have a bad hatch. Also please contact me if you have an unduly large number of males in a hatch. I have sent out 2 replacement batches of eggs to people after they hatched 11 and 10 boys.

I always love to see pictures of my hatching eggs running around: