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National Nestbox Week 14-21 February

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Now is a great time to put a nest box in your garden as some types of birds , such as blue tits, start to look for nest sites as early as February so you could be receiving visitors very soon to your new box. National Nestbox week takes place from 14-21 February and people are being encouraged to put up a nestbox in their garden or outside space if at all possible. The main reason for this is that natural sites that birds would more usually nest in are disappearing as people tidy their gardens or knock down old outhouses where birds might have nested and they have less and less places to safely nest and breed. If at all possible your nestbox should be facing North, to avoid blustery wet weather and bright direct sunlight, both of which could impair the survival of the feathered inhabitants, your nest box...
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New Year and Frank

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Happy New Year to all of our customers and Blog readers. Here's hoping that 2017 is a great year for us all. Ours got off to an unusual start as Frank arrived between Christmas and New Year. He is a Hungarian Vizsla and is nine weeks old and has taken over our lives and hearts already. We already had Stanley, our 12 year old Border Terrier and we have always had at least two dogs at any one time. When our last dog Marjorie died suddenly at 3 years old we were heartbroken and it has taken a long time before I would agree to have another dog. Many years ago we had a Hungarian Vizsla, Barry, who was absolutely wonderful even if he was 'slow to mature', and we always said that if we had the chance we would love to own another one. Frank has arrived and my life...
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Avian Flu - what can we do?

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There has been lots on the news in the past couple of days abput Avain Flu and I thought I would clarify a few points as to how it affects poultry keepers in the UK. Poultry keepers in England have been told to keep their birds inside for 30 days to protect them from a highly infectious strain of Avian Flu in Europe.  The H5N8 bird flu strain has been found in poultry and wild birds in 14 countries including Germany and France.  Please do NOT panic - the risk to humans is very low and NO Uk cases have been found up to now.  These measures are precationary but still very importnat and according to DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) they apply to both farmers and hobby chicken keepers alike. The main thing that we as chicken keepers can do is to keep the chickens inside their...
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