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“We have never re­ally thought of run­ning it as a busi­ness. It’s our hobby. But the first thing to check is whether your deeds and mort­gage al­lows a busi­ness to be run there and, of course, if your neigh­bours are agree­able. I would always join DEFRA as they are so help­ful, even for peo­ple not run­ning a busi­ness. It’s very hard to make a profit as the costs and time needed mean you have to ab­so­lutely love keep­ing chickens and, un­less you have peo­ple who can look af­ter them, then no hol­i­days for you. Rep­u­ta­tion is ev­ery­thing, so ev­ery­thing you do has to be of the high­est stan­dard and that in­cludes hav­ing a good vet; the only good vet for chickens I know of is a 40 minute drive away from us. Un­less some­one goes for a vol­ume, then spe­cial­ist breeds may be the way to go, or just ones that give the dif­fer­ent colour eggs, which are very pop­u­lar. Once again, I would say that first you have to love keep­ing chickens. Learn ev­ery­thing you can about them and work out the fi­nances in de­tail, oth­er­wise like us, keep it as a hobby.”

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