Chickens in Schools – the fun begins!

If you’re a regular reader of this little old blog, you may recall that earlier this year, I wrote about my collaboration with Slow Food Ireland and our competition to put Chickens in Schools . In the past week,  I have visited two of the winning schools with Emma from Old McDonalds Farm Store to deliver the … Continue reading

Chickens in Schools

You may recall back in June I announced my collaboration with the South East branch of Slow Food Ireland when we launched a competition for national schools in the SouthEast, with the winners receiving a chicken coop, chickens and all the bits and bobs required to get them set up as poultry keepers.  Well since then the … Continue reading

Keeping Chickens In Primary Schools??

I am excited and delighted to be working with the SouthEast branch of Slow Food Ireland (Four Rivers Convivium)  on a project that will see four schools in the South-East become homes to hens in September.   Here’s the low down from the Slow Food website.. “Hens for Schools is an initiative by the Slow Food Four Rivers … Continue reading

Spring is in the air

So the weather is not great, but there are moments each day when you can definitely feel that Spring is in the air.   A burst of sunshine from behind the clouds, sweet melodies from the birds and the biggest giveaway of all –  the chickens. They are laying like there’s no tomorrow.  You’ll hear … Continue reading


I regularly get emails in the autumn from people who are still new to poultry keeping and are really concerned about the fact that their chickens are losing all their feathers and appear totally miserable.  Chances are their chickens are moulting (one of the many topics covered at my Keeping Chickens class).  If you are … Continue reading

Rosehip Syrup

Now is the time people.  Yes, the rosehips are in abundance in every hedgerow throughout the country at the moment, making it the ideal time to make some rosehip syrup.   And now that we have had our first frost, it’s the best time to pick those hips  – both for the plant’s sake and … Continue reading