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Keeping Pigs in the Garden

Keeping Pigs in the Garden

Linda MacDonald Brown, author of Pigs for the Freezer, considers the possibility of keeping pigs in your garden. The idea of keeping a couple of pigs in your garden can be a scary one – after all, there is a huge difference between keeping a few chickens for their eggs and two pigs for their […]

By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
BHWT Rehoming Day

BHWT Rehoming Day

Back in 2009, in the relatively early days of Home Farmer, I spent time with Adele Hall, the Trust’s regional co-ordinator for the northwest and the gang of volunteers on one of their rehoming days. Prompted by a call-out from the BHWT who want to get more co-ordinators I’ve revisited the article I wrote as […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
We’ve Got Goats

We’ve Got Goats

  Home Farmer reader, Pete Sheppard, has taken on goats. Here’s the tale of how it all happened and what he learn’t along the way. “Goats? Really? Why?” Or “Aah… how cute!” Or “…they’ll just eat everything and escape!” These are the responses we get when we say we’ve become goat keepers. I have to […]

By October 16, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Why Keep Alpacas

Why Keep Alpacas

When moving from a semi to a smallholding, Neal Reid had to decide which new animals should accompany the family chickens. He chose alpacas, and here’s why… We started to plan our move to a smallholding (it had a lot more land than our previous semi-detached house) long before we finally moved. From starting to […]

By October 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Asian Hornet Found in Woolacombe

Asian Hornet Found in Woolacombe

A recent sighting of an Asian hornet in Woolacombe, Devon, has been confirmed by the National Bee Unit ‒the first sighting since a nest was discovered and successfully destroyed in Gloucestershire last year. Efforts to identify and destroy any nests are already underway involving a surveillance zone in North Devon; a local control centre in […]

Royal Approval for British Hen Welfare Trust Rescue Hens

Royal Approval for British Hen Welfare Trust Rescue Hens

Six ex-battery hens have gone one better than most after landing themselves a slice of royal life in Kensington Gardens this week! Re-homed by the British Hen Welfare Trust, this rags-to-riches tale includes one even more significant bird – she happens to be the 600,000th hen saved from slaughter by the charity, and she has […]

UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

Nigel Gibbens, the Government Chief Vet, announced on Wednesday that the UK has now met international requirements to declare itself free from Avian Influenza, although he reiterated earlier calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease, as there is a real and constant threat as it continues to circulate in […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

A hen charity which has saved more than 570,000 birds from slaughter is celebrating being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. The British Hen Welfare Trust is one of five charities to be shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced on 21st September. Further good […]

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Eggs can be different sizes, and different colours, but you would expect them mostly to be egg-shaped. However, that’s not always the case, and Terry Beebe explains why. Laying eggs is a normal process for hens, and not laying is indicative of a problem, which should be investigated. Exceptions are during the moult and in […]

Keeping Pygmy Goats

Keeping Pygmy Goats

                            Christine Fuller from Kent Smallholders Group passes on her experiences of keeping pygmy goats, describing her first encounters as well as giving some valuable dos and don’ts for anyone considering keeping them. Our first goats were ‘pygoras’ – pygmy goats crossed with an angora goat. Their names were Lillie and Rosie, and they […]

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