We support Porridge and Rice.
Charity Number 1155841
I don't really have a farm. I don't even have a small holding. I just keep a number of small animals as pets that I share with the public in aid of the charity Porridge and Rice a few times a year when I am not tutoring maths, english or another subject as KS Learning.
I live in Whitton in the UK about 10 minutes from Heathrow between Hounlsow and Twickenham in Greater London. I live with my wife, 3 children, 1 dog, 2 rabbits, 7 Pekin ducks, a flock of Pekin bantam chickens, 4 chinchillas, several guinea pigs, a group of African Pygmy hedgehogs, and numerous birds like a number of budgies, various finches, diamond doves, Zebra doves, and Chinese painted quails.
I am not a vet, but I am happy to share the knowledge I have acquired through personal experience. So whether you want to know about keeping chickens, breeding guinea pigs or how to care for a pet dove, please feel free to ask.
I let my chickens wander around the garden on sunny days periodically so they are free range chickens. They help keep my garden free of pests and in return my family and I receive free range eggs from my own free range chickens. The ducks also get to roam the garden but they seem to enjoy grazing the grass more than
looking for snails and other garden pests. There is something very relaxing about watching the chickens and duck range freely around the garden. Our dog is so used to them in the garden, that she ignores them.
I breed some of the animals I keep to improve my stock. I sell extra animals to people looking for a pet or hobby breeders like myself. Keeping my animals is very expensive especially when they need the attention of the vet; selling extra stock helps with costs of keeping my animals, albeit only a little. It is a wonderful hobby but not a business. If you are looking for something that I breed and it isn't listed, contact me to find out whether I have stock as it can sometimes take a while for me to update my For Sale page.
I welcome visitors by arrangement either to buy or pet an animal. If it is the latter, all I ask is a donation for the charity I support, Porridge and Rice, which supports schools in the Nairobi slums in Kenya. Please contact me if you wish to visit to see an animal for sale or just to pet a chicken, a duck, or a rabbit
I arrange open days 3 to 4 days a year when people can visit to see and pet my animals for themselves. There are usually other activities on these open days like face painting, balloon modelling, and henna with all proceeds going to the charity, Porridge and Rice. So far, we have had some wonderful days with lots of people enjoying the opportunity to hold and pet the animals, and learn more about the work that the entrance fees will support.
Fertile chicken and quail eggs are available free to schools in return for a donation to the charity Porridge and Rice and I will rehome any unwanted chicks. Furthermore, if you have any additional poultry and small animals looking for a new home, please contact me to rehome them.
Finally, 'Hello' from the ducks at 64.
There is something very relaxing seeing chickens scratching in the garden looking for worms and bugs.
Generally they are easy to breed, aren't expensive to buy and cages can be purchased for sensible money.
Cute and friendly, provided they are properly cared for, rabbits can make good pets for adults and children.
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The iconic animal has declined because of habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest in parts of Africa.
Some populations are growing, mainly in southern parts of the continent.
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The poison is used to ward off adversaries.
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The British Hedgehog is in dramatic decline. A quarter of the population has been lost in the last 10 years, and the trend may continue.
Despite the bad news, it is possible for people to help the British Hedgehog fight back. Watch this video from an expert to learn how to encourage hedgehogs to visit your garden while at the same time helping them in their fight for survival.
Remember that hedgehogs are wild animals and should not be approached, touched, or captured. Provided you sit quietly and do not make any sudden movements, they will normally not mind being watched.