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Chicken suicide bombers

Distressing news from the self-appointed caliphate ISIS (also known as Islamic State). The wretches, seemingly unsatisfied with plying terror on humans, have decided to employ poultry for their nefarious, no-good deeds. This picture has emerged of a bomb strapped to a chicken – it’s almost as distressing as the lady in America that fits nappies […]

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Off to the beach? Don’t forget your chicken

  With the summer holidays upon us, it’s that time of year when the Great British Public reaches for the Factor 20 and heads to the beach. And this year, it seems, the chickens can come too. That, at least, is the suggestion from pop-up tent manufacturer, Olpro. According to their latest PR blurb to […]

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Gunter’s mad social whirl

  September looks like being a busy month in The Forager’s social calendar. Excitement levels rose first thing Friday morning with the arrival of an invitation to Poultry World reporter Jake Davies’s impending nuptials. Gunter has yet to meet the lovely Magdalen Rowley-Conwy. But the fact that the wedding invitation was chicken-themed bodes well. Moments […]

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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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