Alice Keen, Editor

This week I went to stay with some friends who keep chickens and each day I was able to have a tasty fresh egg for breakfast. The area where they live used to be one of the centres of chicken farming in the UK, with thousands of people involved in the industry. Chickens were helping people to make a living and also keeping them healthy with plenty of eggs and meat. Now many of the farms have closed and there is a lot of unemployment in the area. 

Across the world many people depend on poultry keeping for their food and their livelihoods. In fact, so many Footsteps readers got in touch with us asking for more information on this topic that we decided we needed to do a whole issue! We have included articles on nutrition and food safety, chicken health and some ideas on how to make money from your birds.

Poultry keeping has the potential to help to lift people out of poverty. If you already keep chickens or other birds, we hope that this issue will give you some new ideas and information which you can use and share with others. If you are thinking of starting a small chicken project, we hope you will find the stories inspiring and the advice useful. 

Sharing what we learn is powerful. Can I encourage you to share just one piece of information from this issue of Footsteps with someone you know? If all our readers do that, we will be doubling the impact of the magazine. And more importantly than that, it pleases God when we use what we know to bless those around us. My prayer is that in doing this we will all be able to echo Paul’s words in Acts 20:35 ‘In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”’ May you be blessed as you share! 

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 95 in html.

To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 95, please click here (PDF 890 KB). 

  • ‘Think like a chicken’

    Advice from a poultry expert. Keiron Forbes has earned the name ‘Chickenologist’ from travelling around the world helping people to start chicken projects, solving problems with their birds and giving advice on how to understand how chickens behave.

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  • Avian flu: prevention and control

    Avian flu is an infectious viral illness that spreads among birds. It can affect chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants, pigeons, “song birds” and many types of wild birds. The birds may or may not show signs of the disease; if signs do appear, they begin two to five days after the bird catches the virus.

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  • Bible study: Living under God’s wings

    The Bible is a story of God’s relationship with people. In his covenant with the people of Israel, in the journey to the Promised Land and in his sending of Jesus Christ we see him reaching out to us, seeking to gather us to him, to live with him and be looked after by him.

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  • Ducks

    Ducks, like other poultry, can be used for their meat and their eggs. There are many ways of raising ducks. The simplest method requires little capital input, where ducks are raised in the farmyard as part of a mixed farm.

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  • Healthy birds, happy farmer

    If you keep poultry it is very important to learn how to detect an unhealthy or sick bird, so that you can take action. If you do not, disease may spread to other birds and the whole flock may be lost.

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  • Housing village chickens

    Housing village chickens at night will protect them from rain and the cold, from predators and from theft. This article shares information about constructing a chicken house, chicken house hygiene, perches and nests.

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  • Resources

    A selection of books, websites and training material on the subject of poultry keeping.

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  • Safe and healthy poultry keeping

    Poultry (chickens, ducks, quail, guinea fowl, geese and other domestic birds) benefit human health because meat and eggs from birds provide healthy and nutritious food. This article outlines the main benefits and risks to humans that are associated with poultry keeping and consumption, and describes how to keep the risks as low as possible so that the benefits can be enjoyed to the full.

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  • What should chickens eat?

    Correct feeding of village poultry will not only improve their production of eggs and meat but also keep the chickens healthy – well-fed chickens will produce good food for you. Chickens need a mixed diet to stay healthy, just as people do.

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