Poultry Workshop is a Cracking Success
The first Poultry Workshop held on Sunday 1st July, organised by Rare Breeds Scotland (RBS) and run in conjunction with the Friends of Aden Country Park was a cracking success!
After the participants introduced themselves and gave a little information about their current 'chicken status', Victoria Metson and Mary Watson from RBS covered such topics as which breeds to keep, where to buy chickens and what to look for to ensure the purchase of healthy hens. With a selection of traditional breeds including Rhode Island Red, Orpingtons, Cream Legbars, Scots Greys and Light Sussex on display for participants to learn about, there was also a practical side to the workshop, with catching, handling and wing and claw clipping demonstrations.
June Slessor and Dod from Harbo Mintlaw brought a selection of feeders and drinkers as well as a house and bedding, and both were on hand to answer any queries after lunch was taken at the on site Cafe at the horse shoe steading.
An important part of keeping chickens is the feeding routine, whether you're feeding for egg or meat production, and Mary and Victoria held a session on feed stuffs, which were provided by Norvite Country Store. Anyone who keeps a few hens in the backyard will more than likely have the welfare and health of their birds high on the list of priorities, and the causes and treatments of various ailments, such as scaly leg, red mites, prolapses and Mareks disease were discussed.
Each participant was given a resource pack containing detailed information about all of the topics covered, and as the event drew to an end, the full house of poultry lovers had an opportunity to quiz the RBS members on their own practical experiences of keeping poultry, before the draw for the Norvite gift vouchers was made - congratulations to Maggie Read and Lynne Barron. The RBS would like to thank Norvite, Harbro, Aden Country Park, the Aberdeenshie Farming Museum, and all who came along to support this new venture in the Park.
For more information on Rare Breeds Scotland please visit: http://www.rarebreedsscotland.co.uk