Updated March 2013
We have kept chickens for over 13 years. Our
first birds were kindly donated by a friend from work who had a mixed flock
living at the bottom of his garden. They kept us in eggs and even produced the
odd chick - all by themselves, with no help from us - and looked very pretty
running round the garden scratching up my bedding plants.
Years later we were invited to a chicken show
in our village and were amazed at the number of different breeds on display. We
both fell in love with the little Kellogg's packet cockerel, who despite being
the smallest bird had the biggest charisma. The club members were all very
friendly and suggested breeders of the Gold Dutch that we could contact to help
us start our own little flock. We bought two pairs, Alexander & Abigail and
Abraham & Amanda. By the end of the year we had over a hundred birds!
Not all the newcomers were from our original birds!
As you go
round the shows and visit other people to see their birds you inevitably
increase the breeds you keep or the colours. Anyway I can't resist a new arrival
to my menagerie!
We extended our involvement in the poultry world
when I bought half a dozen Cayuga hatching eggs from a friend. I like the fact
that I don't need to keep the ducks confined in aviaries to keep them from
straying into neighbours' gardens so they were also bound to increase.
I've also added our other pets though they do not have much to do with chickens
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