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When I was a child I came home with a book - Poultry Keeping for Beginners – which stated ‘All you want to know about poultry keeping whether you start with day old chicks, 8 16 or 20 week old chickens or pullets in laying condition’
This was not well received by my parents who felt getting me to clean out the rabbit hutch was work enough and the book went to the shelf to remain there for 40 years.
Then, in the 1970's, I came back from a holiday in Wales with the Backyard Dairy Book and the Backyard Poultry Book. Dreams of a smallholding, milking the cow and eating eggs still warm fresh were not, sadly, to become reality although some backgarden chickens soon appeared to amaze the neighbours who loved the eggs.
Jobs that involved staying away and working all hours didn’t fit with milking the cow but the dream remained smoldering in the back of my mind.
Fast-forward to a couple of years ago and I took on my allotment. Growing my own vegetables and actually becoming self-sufficient to a degree fanned the smoldering dream back into life.
Around this time, I wanted to use an illustration from an old copy (1977!) of Practical Self Sufficiency magazine. This sent me to Broad Leys Publishing and Katie Thear who granted permission to use the picture. Some talk ensued and I took over the task of producing her web site. Katie Thear is an acknowledged expert on poultry and I obtained some of her books to update my knowledge before jumping in to keeping chickens. You can buy her books direct from Broad Leys via this site as well as our book, written by me John Harrison and my daughter Cara, Backgarden Chickens & Other Poultry
Next was a bit of a battle with the local council, which resulted in permission to keep poultry on the allotment. Our small back garden wasn’t really suitable for a number of reasons but mainly our cats. It's not that the cats would hunt the chickens but that the cats are phobic about large birds after living for three years by the seaside and being subject to attack by seagulls. Hence the great keeping chooks on the plot war with the authorities.
Now I've finally got that smallholding we dreamed about 30 years ago!
Where to find chickens? (or Ducks, Turkeys, Geese etc)
One question that kept coming up on our chicken keeping & poultry forum was "Where can I buy some hens?" Well, after thinking about it for a bit, I came up with the breeders list.
We have 849 poultry breeders and suppliers listed on the site and growing fast!
Since that's quite a list to trawl through I've broken it into easy sections so you can quickly find a local supplier. Dont forget it's not just chickens, we have ducks, geese, turkeys, quail, bantams and even one ostrich supplier listed.
The main listings for poultry suppliers are on pages for countries which break down into individual counties. You can then follow these for individual suppliers.
I've also listed some specialist poultry suppliers for easy searching.
General Poultry Breeders & Suppliers by Region
If you are or you know a poultry breeder, please tell them they can list for free and reach an audience of thousands.
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Get help and advice with your chicken questions on our popular forums or just chat about your chooks!
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Chicken Keeping 100+ Years Ago - incredible pictures and engravings from 19thC chicken keeping books
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Check out the poultry articles for all the information for the backyard chicken & other poultry keepers.
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