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26/Jul/2013

More Fifers are keeping hens as pets... and reaping the benefits as well


Having hens cluckling around your garden and delivering a plentiful supply of freshly-laid eggs may sound like some romantic country-living idyll, but these days hen-keeping is being enjoyed by a growing band of people from all walks of life.

The benefits of having some feathered friends flapping around abound: they are not only productive but their gentle nature and contented clucking noises can also prove very therapeutic, particularly in today's stressed-out world.

I have had hens for nearly three years now and they've proved to be great pets. They're easy to maintain, their food doesn't cost much and they do a great job eating the weeds and slugs in my garden.

But while my generation is fairly new to hen-keeping it isn't anything new. My grandad kept bantams, as did many of his neighbours.

Admittedly, they probably weren't pampered like mine are, but they were kept for the same reason - a fresh supply of free-range eggs.

Jocelyn Scott, who lives near Dairsie, knows all about the benefits of keeping hens.

When she finished teaching at Madras Colleege in St Andrews, Jocelyn's passion for hens became more than just a hobby and she launched her own business, Hens Made Easy.

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Source: Fife Herald, Friday, July 26, 2013. By Lindsey Alexander.


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