Kim Stoddart takes a peek at some chicken-related gifts for the festive season
Present ideas, by Kim Stoddart
If you keep hens at least a few of these potential gifts are likely to cluck, sorry catch, your fancy for your own personal Christmas wishlist. Otherwise, there are lots of ideas to help to bring a smile to the face of a chickenkeeping friend or family member on Christmas day as they untie the ribbons and unwrap the paper. There are also suggestions to enable you to spread some feathered goodwill further afield for those without birds of their own to enjoy.
Made from linen-style fabric, featuring chickens and backed with hessian, this rustic soft furnishing (below) from Molly Felicity Designs is handmade in Britain and retails at £15. The company also produces bespoke cushions made to order from fabrics of your choice and other chicken print items, including bags (bottom). For more information, visit www.molly felicitydesigns.com; or www.etsy.com/shop/ mollyfelicitydesigns.
Ideal for those starting out with poultry, this lovely Ark-style design (above) from Flyte so Fancy would make an attractive home for up to six medium-sized hens. The price is £319 (plus delivery) and the coop comes with plenty of accessible features, including easy access for cleaning and egg collection. And, to save time and effort, it comes ready-assembled to boot. For more information or to order, visit www.flytesofancy. co.uk.
The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) is a fantastic charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate aim is to see consumers and food manufacturers buying only UK-produced free range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality of life. The organisation sells a range of great products through its
ABOVE: A chicken cushion from Molly Felicity Designs LEFT: Red Gingham Chicken Reversible Crossbody Bag The Hobby Hen House from Flyte so Fancy is suitable for up to six hens