Gifts Ga­lore

Kim Stod­dart takes a peek at some chicken-re­lated gifts for the fes­tive sea­son

Your Chickens - - Contents -

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.

PADDED PER­FEC­TION

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.

BEGIN­NER’S LUCK

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.

BIG-HEARTED HOME­WARES

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

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