THERE is a heavy focus on the past in this issue of Poultry — after all, delving deep back into the mists of time informs the present. Andy Cawthray certainly takes us on a long journey through the millennia in the second part of his series, Before the Backyard (page 6), in which he investigates the hazy days of pre-history when it is thought that the hen’s ancestors — various jungle fowl species — walked the earth.
Jeremy Hobson, meanwhile, brings us almost up to the present, but not quite, when looking at the horrific ‘remedies’ chicken keepers once employed (page 4) in the mistaken belief that it bolstered their flock. Thanks goodness veterinary science has come on in leaps and bounds since then.
Lifelong waterfowl keeper Jackie Jarvis Waller ( above left), who has won awards for her services to domestic waterfowl, has endured plenty of downs (as well as ups) in her life, but her profile (page 18) demonstrates how bird keepers invariably look out for each other and their flocks in times of need. Heart-warming stuff!