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Derek Kelly – proud to be a Canary

  As regular readers will know, the Feathered Forager is a great fan of celebrity – witness his recent postings on David Seaman, Kevin Bacon and David Cameron. So he was naturally delighted to receive this enchanting photograph, taken at the posh end of Carrow Road, home to Norwich City Football Club. It features a […]

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Egg on your face

The reason poultry farmers’ wives commonly have such wonderful complexions may have become apparent. A fashion magazine, named Look (we hadn’t heard of it either), has been waxing lyrical about the cleansing power of albumen. Apparently, “egg white’s naturally sticky superpowers mean they’re great for grabbing onto dirt” – something anyone who has collected floor […]

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Wood chippers beware of bikes in trees

  There is little doubt that biomass burning has been one of the success stories of poultry farming in recent years, combining cheaper, greener fuel with a better environment for the birds. But biomass is not without its risks – the fact that it is entirely dependent on government subsidies being one of them. As […]

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Shuffling off this mortal coil, chicken style

  As well as being a pre-eminent poultry scientist, the late, lamented Prof Frank Jordan had a reputation for being a man of great wit and good humour. How fitting then that he should meet his maker in a cardboard casket decorated with chickens. What a legend.

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Kevin Bacon pictured in egg advert

Eggs and Kevin Bacon

Here in the UK we’re relatively blessed when it comes to celebrities endorsing eggs, these days at least. In the last two years ex-Coronation actress Michelle Keegan and The Only Way in Essex star Lucy Mecklenburgh have both been recruited to promote the humble egg. We have been sending out copies of Poultry World ever […]

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Poultry pop star Richie Kavanah on chicken talk and plucking

Two fantastic videos have landed on the poultry desk this morning, via FW’s Farmlife desk. It looks like these two songs are nothing new – and the Forager is sad to say he was unaware of both – but we’re glad they are in our lives now.   

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Happy egg lets romance get in the way of layer breeding

Another holiday, another scheme from the Happy Egg co to highlight the enrichments its hens receive that, to put it lightly, takes some liberties with the reality of poultry farming. In light of Bristol University research that suggests hens find human voices soothing, the company has created an enrichment suited to this year’s Valentine’s day. […]

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Egg reverts to chicken

You might think here on the UK’s only magazine dedicated to commercial poultrymeat and egg farming that we had the answer to that age old question: What came first, chicken or egg?  Well it’s true. We know exactly which came first, but can’t reveal it for obvious reasons. What we can share is this image […]

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Are poultry farmers “feather bedded”?

So poultry producers are the richest farmers in the country – and by a long shot. That, at any rate, is the simple conclusion from the recently-released Farm Business Income estimates by Defra. The figures suggest that, for 2014/15, the average poultry farmer made profits of £140,500 – some 11% lower than in 2013/14, but […]

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In search of the perfect boiled egg

  What is the perfect length of time to boil and egg? Four minutes? Five minutes? Six minutes? The subject is no doubt one of intense debate over many of the nation’s fictitious breakfast tables. But now, it seems, the debate has run its course. Scientists from the USA and Australia have apparently discovered a […]

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