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Susie Kearley

Articles by Susie Kearley

Artist Barbara Shaw makes Beautiful Poultry Portraits
October 24, 2020 · · Poultry 101

“With his beautiful plumage and feathery feet and trousers, Cheetah is a very handsome cockerel and lends himself to being interpreted in textiles”

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Kenyan Crested Guinea Fowl
October 23, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Cotswold Wildlife Park is nestled in a quiet part of the English countryside, is home to a wide range of animals from rhinos to giraffes, to exotic birds. Today we’re meeting Chris Green, one of the bird keepers, who takes us to meet their “naughty guinea fowl.”

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Chickens Changing Lives with Animal Antiks
October 22, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Animal Antiks is small farm in Buckinghamshire, England, offering educational programs, work experience, and animal therapy. The farm’s chickens are a firm favorite with the young people who attend regularly.

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Hens in Prison — and Loving It!
August 12, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The British Hen Welfare Trust have placed 199 hens at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset, UK. It’s part of a rehabilitation program for the prisoners, called “Project Jail Bird.” Their large enclosure is a far cry from the small cages they were trapped in as commercial layers.

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Pink Pigeons
February 25, 2020 · · Poultry 101

The decline of pink pigeons began with the arrival of humans in Mauritius, who destroyed the bird’s habitats, cutting down native vegetation until only 1.5% of the original, good-quality forest remained. By 1990 only nine birds remained.

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Exotic Pheasants at Waddesdon Manor
February 25, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Today, Waddesdon’s breeding program focuses on threatened or endangered species and has been carefully designed so that, combined with education and research, it helps to conserve the rarest species.

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The Bucks Goat Centre
December 24, 2019 · · Poultry 101

This is no ordinary farm. The animals are not bred for milk or meat. They live a life of fuss and adoration, admired by the visiting public, appearing on television, and arriving at events to bring a quirky element to even the most formal of proceedings.

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Poet Wordsworth’s Chickens
October 1, 2019 · · Chickens 101

William Wordsworth wrote about his hens in some of his poetry, observing hen parenting techniques and crediting them with “tenderness and love” towards their newborn chicks. Today, the hens that live at Wordsworth House and Garden are Orpingtons and Silkies.

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Chicken Nesting Box Herbs
September 4, 2019 · · Coops, Members Only

Living on a farm was Diana’s dream, and chickens became a part of that reality. She soon discovered that chicken nesting box herbs helped her birds to relax and settle.

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Jokhu and Chicken Clicker Training
June 2, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Training chickens is easier than you might think. Some hens have a natural aptitude for learning and a longer attention span than others, making them good learners.

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