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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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Workhorse award for egg man

  The UK poultry sector is undeniably keen on its awards – ever willing to recognise talent lurking within its ranks. But so too are our cousins across the water, judging by the deluge of award announcements landing in the Poultry World inbox this morning. OK, so it’s their big annual get together – the […]

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Reebok chicken triggers holocaust debate

  Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was starring in a Reebok sports shoe ad…. And as if that wasn’t entertainment enough, check out the debate it triggered: “Obviously it is computer animated, but they are still depicting cruelty. You didn’t see any? Really? Not even in the farm house where the […]

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Politicians masquerade as chickens

  Working with Photoshop is clearly something of an art form. Nowhere is this demonstrated more ably than in the recent Nice Pecks calendar from the Happy Egg Co, featuring as it does images of chickens on skis, surfboards and all sorts of other paraphernalia not normally classed as “cage enrichments”. Almost as impressive, however, […]

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