Farmers Weekly Interactive

Chicken-shaped strawberry lights Gunter’s candle

  The Daily Mail truly is the “marmite” of the publishing world. Despised and adored in equal measure, Gunter the Feathered Forager has traditionally aligned himself with the former perspective. But now his prejudice has been challenged.   Having previously been excited by a coffee stain that looks like a chicken, as well as a […]

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Jungle fowl takes to the high seas

  Everyone needs to step outside their comfort zone from time to time. But Gunter, the Feathered Forager, was decidedly pissed off to be taken from his comfortable perch in the Poultry World offices and made to spend a week on a yacht in the Outer Hebrides this June. In fact he coped remarkably well […]

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Go to work on an egg – or four

  Judging the Poultry Farmer of the Year can be a demanding task. It’s not all about flash cars, fast planes and swanky hotels, you know. The distances travelled between finalists can be gruelling – just short of a thousand miles in three days for this year’s judging panel. The pressure to think up probing […]

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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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