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Poultry: the most common questions?

TOP TIPS: Michael Sommerlad is a nationally renowned poultry consultant and produces heritage style chickens at a farm 40km from Tenterfield.
TOP TIPS: Michael Sommerlad is a nationally renowned poultry consultant and produces heritage style chickens at a farm 40km from Tenterfield. Contributed

THE audience was laughing from the start of Michael Sommerlad's question and answer session on poultry.

The event was held at the Uniting Church Hall in Tenterfield last Saturday and 50 people turned out to hear the answers to their questions which ranged from "how do you get rid of scaly leg and red mites?"to "how do you introduce new chickens to an existing flock?"

Not to mention, "why do cattle like to eat emu droppings?".

Mr Sommerlad kept the audience entertained while enlightening them, though it was a member of the audience who suggested that you should dispense with the formalities when introducing chickens and "just start off with first names".

The event was part of the Border Landcare Organic Group's 2014 program and attracted a number of new faces who had not previously been to a BLOG event.

All seemed to agree that the event was well worth attending and they'd learnt a thing or two.

One woman found it fascinating, even though she didn't keep chooks.

Michael Sommerlad is a nationally renowned poultry consultant and produces heritage style chickens at a farm 40km from Tenterfield.

He was happy to report that his order book is full for the foreseeable future as there is an increasing demand to eat properly bred and reared chicken.

The next BLOG event will be held on the morning of June 28 at Eukey Highland Cheese.

Topics:  poultry tenterfield