Saturday, April 18, 2009

More than 500,000 people keep chickens in England

I found this interesting story about keeping chickens in England and I thought it may interest some of you.

It has been eight months since the arrival of Bouncy Beauty, Black Beauty, Henny Penny, Coco Pops, Emily, Gertie and Rosie — the bossy one.

Their pretty feathers colour the garden and speckle the daffodils with shades of black, red, brown, grey and white as they scratch around and flutter in fear ofmy determined three-year-old.

More than 500,000 people keep chickens in England and it is not hard to see why. It was a revelation to me how kind they can be, putting up with grubby expressions of love from my three little boys, quickly learning to come when called and sitting in the sun clucking and cooing beatifically. But as much fun as chickens can be, and although we haven’t bought an egg since last November, we certainly don’t seem to be saving ourselves any money.....

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