Cathy has kept poultry for many years. She is very experienced in all aspects of animal husbandry and her birds want for nothing. Seven years ago she decided to concentrate on Wyandottes, with their
myriad colours and easy going natures. It has always been a priority that they should be as true to type as possible, even though new colours and projects are always fun. They live in the garden and are treated as members of the family, always well cared for and fed only the best food. In exchange they provide hours of fun as they free range on the lawn, dustbath under the hedge and scratch in the ditch. It is very important that all birds get to free range on grass so overcrowding is never an issue.
She has also expanded over the last two years to a mixed pen of Dutch in various colours and one of lemon millefleur sabelpoots.
The garden next door has also been made use of, with a pen of Pekins.
Charlotte has kept hens in her back garden for a number of years, settling on them as a more rewarding pet to rabbits or guinea pigs for her young children. Her passion is bantams and in particular a breed from the States called the Ameruacana, a small breed that lays blue eggs. As well as the Ameraucana, Charlotte keeps an assortment of Pekins, Cuckoo Marans and odd cross breeds. This not only provides variety in the garden but variety in the kitchen with eggs of all colours.
The birds free range and are kept as naturally as possible, fed on good quality feed and cared for well. The ameraucanas do not generally show great broodiness, so other breeds are sometimes used to hatch and raise the chicks and a few are raised artificially at other times. Raising chicks in a family environment, breeds hens that are used to dogs, cats, children, trampolines, lawnmowers and the general goings on of family life, this is of great benefit when they go to new homes as nothing much spooks them.
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