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Chickens for the garden: which shall we choose?

PUBLISHED: 17:58 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:06 29 April 2014

Jamie, 5, and Cameron, 2, inspect birds at the breeder’s.

Jamie, 5, and Cameron, 2, inspect birds at the breeder’s.

Q - I have two young daughters, Jamie, 5, and Cameron, 2, and they are crazy about animals. We have a black Labrador and a pony, but I think it’s time for some chickens for the garden. What would be a good breed for us? Sarah, by telephone

Pammy Riggs agreed to accompany Sarah and her children to  a breeder to advise them on what to buy. She says:  After much deliberation and a trip together round a  breeder’s many different chickens, we came to the
conclusion that these sweet little Pekin bantams fitted the bill  exactly.

They are light on the ground, so the newly planted  lawn won’t be ruined immediately and, as you can  see from  the photo above, in no time at all these three little females  were eating out of our hands. The children are gentle with  them and the black Lab takes it all in his stride. A perfect
combination!


Send your poultry queries to: pammy.riggs@tiscali.co.uk

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