Time travel

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month -

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!

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