Chicken Road Trip (Part 15)





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Published on Jun 26, 2007

Simeon and I went to Perfect Poultry near Guildford in Surrey to buy our chickens. We still had not decided on what breed we wanted and we hoping to get some advice when we got there.

Perfect Poultry is run by Ian Bell who was very friendly and helpful and show us the whole facility and process from fertilising the eggs right through incubating them, hatching them and then growing them.

We explained to him that we have capacity for about 3 chickens and are mainly interested in eggs but would like one bird that we could fatten for the table. We also suggested that we would like to have three different types of chicken so that they (and their eggs) are easier to tell apart. So, for eggs he recommended a Calder Ranger and a Black Rock, both of which should lay over 300 eggs in a year and for the table a Light Sussex, which will also lay eggs, around 240 per year. I am not expecting it to be the best meat I have ever tasted as I have heard that breeds that lay lots of eggs don't make good meat as lots of the protein and stuff that would have made meat is lost to make eggs. But the Light Sussex is supposed to be relatively good for both.

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Music: 'No More' by EMU/Dan Palmer. Used with permission.


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