Your Chickens - - Contents - JULIE HARDING

IT ISN’T long now be­fore the great and the good in the poul­try world come to­gether to show their birds at the two big­gest fix­tures in the calendar — the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Poul­try and Eggs Show (1-2 De­cem­ber) in Telford and the Fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­onship Show (15-16 De­cem­ber) in Stafford. With a nod to this, but also the myr­iad other fix­tures around the coun­try that of­fer poul­try classes, Grant Br­ere­ton kicks off his new show­ing series this month with the aim of in­spir­ing you to have a go.

Keep­ing chick­ens is won­der­ful even if you only want to col­lect and eat their fresh eggs ev­ery day, but equally some keep­ers — of all ages — want to do a lit­tle more and see how their birds, of­ten ones they have hatched them­selves, mea­sure up against those be­long­ing to sea­soned ex­hibitors. You may be pleas­antly sur­prised if you are new to this world how well your birds ac­tu­ally do. This was cer­tainly the case for eightyear-old Lewis Wilkin­son, who has been tak­ing the cir­cuit by storm and who we pro­file on page 19.

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