Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Edible Garden Show 2012

Had a really good 3 days at The Edible Garden Show this weekend!

I was there on the PoultryTalk stand and took 6 chickens along with me, some for the show cages and others to go in an Ark on the stand.
Doris one of the Pekin Bantams I bred last year sat happily on top of the ark for all 3 days being stroked and picked up by children wanting to take photographs with her.

Never put all your eggs in one basket ...unless its just to show different colours at a show

I did a "Chicken Keeping for Beginners" talk in the Poultry Ring of the Smallholders Marquee which was photographed and I appeared in the Daily Mirror!
The talks went well, hopefully people took bits away from it and that encourages people to look into keeping chickens.

Rupert Stevenson came along to take some photos at the show and sent them to me (Thanks Rupert!) so I actually have some sensible photos for a change!

As well as this one which is currently featured on the Edible Garden Show website.

Jamie and I had a great time on the stand speaking to the public, allowing them to get up close and personal with the chickens and take photographs with them.

There was a great buzz around the show with photographers from the BBC and National Press there taking photos and videos which we were featured in. There was also a piece on the BBC News but I didn't manage to catch it.

I was dressed as a Chicken for most of the show (why not?!) and went to see The Chicken Vet for a quick check-up.

I had a bad case of Northern Fowl Mite but they cleared that up for me...

I wrote a Beginners Chicken Keeping factsheet to go with the talk, Jamie had 800 printed and they all went!
There were 6 different care-sheets in total and think two or three of them went completely, with a chunk of the other ones going too so there was lots of interest in chickens.

Out in the Livestock Marquee I spotted these piglets...

 ...and a cute goat kid!

Overall it was a great show...

Everyone there was really positive, visitors looked like they were having a good time and said they will definitely be coming back next year, it was a credit to the organisers!

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