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My Pekin Bantam Chickens scratching in the garden while the dog looks on
The Farm at 64

The Farm at 64

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.

My Pekin Bantam Chickens scratching in the garden in summer eating pests so I can keep my gardening natural

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.

My Pekin Bantam Chickens scratching in the garden in summer eating pests so I can keep my gardening natural

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NATURE IN THE NEWS, the weird and wonderful lives of plants and animals

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Alien bird risk from pet trade

The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if the pets escape into the wild. BBC News, 13 January 2017

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'Star Wars gibbon' is new primate species

A gibbon living in the tropical forests of south west China is a new species of primate. The animal has been studied for some time, but new research confirms it is different from other gibbons.

It has been named the Skywalker hoolock gibbon - partly because the Chinese characters of its scientific name mean "Heaven's movement" but also because the scientists are fans of Star Wars.

Dr Sam Turvey said "In this area, so many species have declined or gone extinct because of habitat loss, hunting and general human overpopulation.

BBC News, 11 January 2017

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World's oldest known killer whale Granny dies

The world's oldest known killer whale, affectionately known as Granny, is missing and presumed dead, researchers say. Estimated to be over 100 years old, the matriarch's official name was J2.

She was the focus of a recent BBC documentary that followed biologists' study of her clan of orcas, an effort to unravel an evolutionary mystery.

Studying female orcas, which live long beyond their reproductive years, has revealed insights into the menopause.

BBC News, 3 January 2017

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Scorpion on London to Edinburgh train gives birth after rescue

A scorpion which caused a London to Edinburgh train to be halted when it crawled out of a passenger's rucksack has given birth, rescuers said.

The Guatemalan scorpion shocked passengers when it made a surprise appearance on New Year's Day.

The creature was tempted into a food container before it was taken to a rescue centre. Staff at the centre said the scorpion had babies overnight.

The passenger, travelling back from Guatemala, reached into her bag and discovered the scorpion.

BBC News, 3 January 2017

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Ferret smell could help protect New Zealand birds

Researchers in New Zealand say that the stench of ferrets could be a useful tool to protect the country's birds, as the smell helps to attract non-native predators.

An experiment at a farm in the northern Hawke's Bay region found that lacing rabbit meat with ferret odour led to boom in the number of stoats, rats and hedgehogs detected at monitored sites, the New Zealand Herald reports. The creatures are all considered pests because of the damage they can do native flora and fauna.

BBC News, 3 January 2017

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China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017.

Conservation groups hailed the decision as "historic" and a "game-changer" for the future of elephants.

The move follows a resolution at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in South Africa in October.

China has the biggest ivory market in the world - some estimates suggest 70% of the world's trade ends up there.

BBC News, 30 December 2016

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Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

Migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. BBC News, 29 December 2016

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New Zealand sets up sanctuary for tiny frogs

New Zealand has declared the natural habitat of a very rare frog to be a conservation sanctuary, giving the tiny creature ... BBC News, 29 December 2016

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Keeping and breeding chickens at the farm at 64
Keeping and breeding guinea pig at the farm at 64
African Pygmy Hedgehog bred at the farm of 64
Keeping and breeding chickens at the farm at 64
Keeping and breeding chickens at the farm at 64
Chinese Painted Quail Eggs
Numpty, a russel terrier, watches the free range chickens of the farm at 64
Keeping and breeding guinea pig at the farm at 64
Keeping and breeding Chinese Painted Quails at the farm at 64