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Edwin Hanslow, Hanslow Game Birds, Scottsdale, Tasmania Tasmanian poultry fancier Edwin Hanslow has always kept chooks, but it was only when he bought a slaughterhouse that he became, by default, a small-scale commercial poultry producer. “I wanted to raise and eat my own birds,” he says. “I didn’t have any intention of being licensed or selling poultry.” Then Pure South Dining, a Melbourne restaurant that specialises in Tasmanian food, came calling. They were interested in buying Edwin’s ducks. “All the birds go to Pure South and I also supply a few Tasmanian restaurants,” says Edwin. “It depends what I’ve got.” Any number of Rhode Island reds, Chinese geese, Muscovy ducks and guineafowl roam Edwin’s fifive-hectare property at Scottsdale in north-east Tasmania. “Everything free ranges,” he says. Edwin’s interest in poultry goes back to his childhood. “I sold duck eggs to teachers when I was at primary school, got into pheasants for a while, then quail. Now it’s a bit of everything, but I keep it small.” 0429 110 469.