Chicken Keeping for Beginners

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Cheryl Arvidson

Cheryl runs courses on poultry-keeping for both beginners and the more experienced. She has kept chickens in both a smallholding and a back-garden setting over the last forty years. She has a Further Education Teaching Certificate and used to teach in the Community Education Service.

Because of family considerations, she doesn't have as many birds as she used to, but she still keeps Barnevelders and Salmon Faverolles, which are dual-purpose utility birds that lay dark brown and pinkish eggs respectively.  She also continue to breed bantam Millefleur Pekins and quail-coloured Barbu d’Anvers.