Feathers and Beaky Expandable Veg Holder Product Review

Poultry and other captive birds across the UK still remain on bird flu lockdown, this is a necessary step to prevent spread of disease but is proving to be a tricky situation for farmers and the back yard chicken keeper as the problem goes on.

For us, putting our chickens on lockdown wasn’t a difficult affair thanks to our lovely walk-in runs with covered roofs, they still receive plenty of light and fresh air and egg laying hasn’t suffered. If, like ours, your flock is used to free-ranging often, suddenly being cooped up 24/7 with little to do can have a detrimental effect on behaviour leading to increased boredom bullying or feather pecking. Luckily for us our chicken runs are also really spacious, the problem however is boredom and that’s where things can get tricky. Touch wood bullying has been to a minimum, just the usual behaviour you’d expect to see within a flock but there are ways to improve welfare during this difficult time. So, what can you do to prevent boredom for your chickens permanently locked in?

feathers and beaky veg holder

feathers and beaky

Giving them something to have a good peck at (rather than each other) is a great way to prevent unwanted bullying. Spike’s World kindly sent us a Feathers and Beaky expandable veg holder for our hens to trial. The design is simple to use, just pop the vegetables inside the expandable springy holder and put the lid on (we used winter cabbage), the holder can then be hung from any height by attaching string.

feathers and beaky vegetable holder
Meet the testers! Phoebe, Buttercup and Daisy line up to inspect the vegetable holder.

At first our girls were very unsure of this strange flying cabbage-thing and chose to hang back and ignore it, the springy movement of the vegetable holder scared them as they cautiously pecked at it so we tried adding a handful of loose sweetcorn (their favourite treat), stuffing it inside the cabbage leaves.

feathers and beaky veg holder

We knew they couldn’t resist and in next to no time they were pecking at the veg holder with no fear whatsoever…..

feathers and beaky veg holder for chickens

feathers and beaky veg holder

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feathers and beaky veg holder

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feathers and beaky veg holder

Even ‘cutting strange shapes’ to get to the contents…..

feathers and beaky veg holder

You can add vegetables such as sweetcorn cobs, lettuce, cabbage and greens etc. The holder keeps the veg clean and dry and prevents unwanted visitors such as rats. Raise the holder slightly to encourage extra exercise! The girls love pecking at their veg holder for hours on end, it really helps with boredom. Give it a try for your lockdown chickens.

You can purchase a Feathers and Beaky expandable veg holder from Spike’s World here or from the British Hen Welfare Trust online shop here.

Garden Campfire Cooking

campfire cooking grill

Campfire Cooking Grills kindly sent me a Pioneer grill to review, with today being the spring equinox it was the perfect day (and luckily weather) to use it. It was great to sit out in the garden cooking and chatting.

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We set the grill up by digging a small pit for the fire which we then filled with kindling and larger pieces of wood from our fruit trees pruned at the beginning of winter. All that was left to do was attach the 18″ (46cm) diameter cooking grill to the sturdy upright stake and drive it into the ground. Super easy and no fussy parts or extra bolts to worry about.

campfire cooking grill

The adjustable height makes it easy to control cooking by simply sliding the grill up or down the pole and locking in place with the turn of a handle. The cooking grill also rotates away from the flames for ease of turning and serving food, or when putting more wood onto the campfire. The raised sides prevent food from falling off the edge of the cooking grill.

campfire grill

The Pioneer campfire grill comes with a mitt, hot pad and tote carry bag to pack the grill away or transport anywhere. It’s compact yet sturdy, perfect for camping, cooking out in the garden, allotments or to take to the beach. Take a look at the website for more information on this grill and others in the range http://www.campfirecookinggrill.co.uk/

Thank you so much Ginny for contacting me!