The Farm at 64

We support Porridge and Rice.
Charity Number 1155841
www.porridgeandrice.co.uk

The logo of the charity Porridge and Rice fighting poverty in the
        Nairobi slums of Kenya

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.

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

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.

Finally, 'Hello' from the ducks at 64.

Pet Pekin Duck at the summer Hampton Hill Fair looking inquisitive Pet Pekin Duck at the summer Hampton Hill Fair looking inquisitive Pet Pekin Duck at the summer Hampton Hill Fair looking inquisitive

Interesting Photos and Pictures

Over the years, I have collected literally thousands of photos of my animals. Some capture lovely memories and make me smile. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do, while I indulge my walk down memory lane.

General

Babies

Fairs

  • Three Pekin ducks at the Hampton Hill Summer Fair raising money for Porridge and Rice.
  • A parent delights in holding a guinea pig at the Trafalgar School Summer Fair
  • George, my late buff Orpington, struts his stuff at a Summer Fair.

Animal rescues from a sheep with a cone on its head to a toad stuck in an opening

Hilarious Animal Rescues

A top ten of the most unusual animal rescues of 2016 has been compiled by the RSPCA.

They include a sheep that got her head stuck in a traffic cone and a gull that turned bright orange after falling into a vat of cold curry.

The stories represent just a fraction of the rescues the RSPCA was called out to, but not all have happy endings.

Over the Christmas period alone, from 18 to 27 December, the charity rescued 24,651 animals.

Read the article

Animal Information


Keeping Chickens

Keeping chickens as pets in your garden will keep it free of snails and other pests

There is something very relaxing seeing chickens scratching in the garden looking for worms and bugs.


Budgie Breeding

Baby budgies showing their colours as feathers appear in a nest box

Generally they are easy to breed, aren't expensive to buy and cages can be purchased for sensible money.


Keeping Rabbits

Rabbits can make good pets if cared for properly and are friendly towards children

Cute and friendly, provided they are properly cared for, rabbits can make good pets for adults and children.

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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.

They identified almost 1,000 species of bird introduced into new areas by human activity over the past 500 years.

More than half of these arrived after 1950, probably driven by the trade in exotic birds.

Global demand for parrots, finches, starlings and other exotic birds has soared.

"Areas that are good for native birds are also good for alien birds," said Prof Tim Blackburn.

BBC News, 13 January 2017

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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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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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Encouraging a hedgehog to visit your garden

How to encourage hedgehogs in your garden

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.

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