Your Chickens - - Contents - Si­mon McEwan, Ed­i­tor

We like to think that Your Chick­ens is a ‘broad church’, rel­e­vant to the ex­pe­ri­enced hen keeper as well as the com­plete novice. That is hope­fully re­flected in this issue.

The first feature, about pure breeds and how best to breed from them, is very much aimed at the more ded­i­cated hen keeper who is per­haps mov­ing on from hy­brids and be­com­ing a bit more ad­ven­tur­ous.

The au­thor, Grant Br­ere­ton, says: “There comes a point for many of us when we get switched on to the idea of breed­ing our own pure-breed poultry, which is highly ad­dic­tive, and of­ten our beloved hy­brids get phased out over time.”

At the other end of the scale, we feature a be­gin­ner who was de­lighted to em­bark on her ad­ven­ture with ex-bat­tery hens. Lizzy Page, from Strat­ford-up­onAvon, stepped in when a friend told her 4,000 bat­tery hens were due to be slaugh­tered nearby. She saved four of them, and hasn’t looked back since. “It wasn’t long be­fore the chick­ens started to feel like part of the fam­ily,” said Lizzy.

Whether you are an ex­pe­ri­enced hen keeper or a novice, we hope you en­joy this issue of Your Chick­ens!

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