I have been waiting a little while to write this blog as those of us who show and exhibit our poultry were waiting with bated breath for the 15th May when the rules were to be relaxed regarding “poultry gatherings” as DEFRA will insist on calling them. A few days before the ban was to be lifted two more cases of Bird Flu were announced in Lancashire, and the gloom set in once more. However, there was brighter news on the horizon when the ban was indeed lifted and organisers and Poultry Clubs throughout the country can once more start planning their shows. There are strict rules, licences and biosecurity to be followed in England, and the Scottish rules are even more strict, meaning it will be extremely difficult for those of us in England to take our birds up to Scotland. This was particularly sad for me as I love the Royal Highland Show and always have a great weekend there, showing my Scots Dumpies and catching up with all my Scottish chicken fans. Hopefully things will be looking up soon north of the border, and the rules will be relaxed further.
As you can see on my home page apparently I am in the top 50 poultry bloggers. I love writing these for my Peck and Feather page. I can tell you about my real birds and also give you updates on the jewellery. I am off to Gardeners World Live in a few weeks with Poultry Talk and the British Hen Welfare Trust. We will have a large stand with live birds featuring various pure breeds, and also some of the rescue girls from the BHWT. Our aim is to educate people who are new to poultry keeping, and there will be talks throughout all the four days 15-18 June, as well as chicks for the children to handle. My Peck and Feather stand will be full of lots of new stock, and so there will be plenty to look at and lots to buy, so come along and see us.
I haven’t bred so many birds this year so far, as I am still a little nervous about the Avian Flu situation, and if there is another lock down, it is hard to find enough space for them all. However, for the first time I have bred some West of England Geese. Four little goslings are trotting about looking very happy with life, so that is particularly rewarding. The incubator will be full very soon, so that I can hatch out chicks ready for the show, and I will put a couple of broody hens to work as well just to make sure we have chicks.
I have some really fun “pop art” jewellery in stock which will make an appearance on the website soon and will certainly be at all the shows. Blackthorn Nursery have their Open Day on 28th May, and that will be the first show of the year. I hope you all hatch lots of lovely chicks, and I look forward to seeing you all soon. In the meantime don’t forget about those birthday presents for your clucky friends. It’s all here on my website.