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When I was a child I came home with a book - Poultry Keeping for Beginners – which stated ‘All you want to know about poultry keeping whether you start with day old chicks, 8 16 or 20 week old chickens or pullets in laying condition’
Ducks & Chickens living happily together in the back garden
Cara Harrison kept her hens, ducks and quail in a small urban back garden while her father, John, has a smallholding in Wales after many years of suburban living and keeping an allotment.
Cara and family now live in Wales as well and keep their poultry on the smallholding. Find out more in her Poultry Diary Blog Latest:
Three eggs a day from just the two girls! Over laying may seem great at the time, but it can lead to problems with mineral deficiencies as well as shortening their laying life.
This was not well received by my parents who felt getting me to clean out the rabbit hutch was work enough and the book went to the shelf to remain there for 40 years.
Then, in the 1970's, I came back from a holiday in Wales with the Backyard Dairy Book and the Backyard Poultry Book. Dreams of a smallholding, milking the cow and eating eggs still warm fresh were not, sadly, to become reality although some backgarden chickens soon appeared to amaze the neighbours who loved the eggs.
Jobs that involved staying away and working all hours didn’t fit with milking the cow but the dream remained smoldering in the back of my mind.
Fast-forward to a couple of years ago and I took on my allotment. Growing my own vegetables and actually becoming self-sufficient to a degree fanned the smoldering dream back into life.
Around this time, I wanted to use an illustration from an old copy (1977!) of Practical Self Sufficiency magazine on the web site. This sent me to Broad Leys and Katie Thear who granted permission to use the picture. Some talk ensued and I took over the task of producing her web site. Katie Thear was an acknowledged expert on poultry and I obtained some of her books to update my knowledge before jumping back in to keeping chickens.
You can buy her books direct from Broad Leys Self Sufficiency as well as our book, written by me John Harrison and my daughter Cara, Backgarden Chickens & Other Poultry
Next was a bit of a battle with the local council, which resulted in permission to keep poultry on the allotment. Our small back garden wasn’t really suitable for a number of reasons but mainly our cats. It's not that the cats would hunt the chickens but that the cats are phobic about large birds after living for three years by the seaside and being subject to attack by seagulls. Hence the great keeping chooks on the plot war with the authorities.
Now I've finally got that smallholding we dreamed about 30 years ago! Fron Dirion
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