Chickens in the Garden at Rudyard Kipling’s Former Home

Keeping Chickens at Batemans

By Susie Kearley – You’re probably familiar with the classic children’s stories by Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book and Just So Stories. Well, Rudyard and his family lived in a Tudor mansion in Sussex, England, which today is open to the public, with chickens in the garden. View of the house across the lily pond at Bateman’s, East Sussex. Bateman’s was the home of the writer Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936. Len Bernamont is the estate manager. He lives in the Mill Keepers’ cottage next to the watermill and keeps nine chickens in the garden, a dog, and a cat. Len Bernamont, estate manager at the former home of Rudyard Kipling. “The chickens have a valuable role at Batemans,” he explains. “Visitors enjoy seeing them running around. They spend a lot of time scratching around in the grass, creating seed beds and spreading flower and bulb seeds. Our wildflowers

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