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Attila The Hen

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The biggest revival in hen keeping since World War 2 is taking place in Britain at the moment. During the war years people were encouraged to dig up their flower gardens and plant fruit and vegetables instead, this led on to keeping a few hens, whose eggs supplemented the often meagre rations on offer. Chickens became a common sight in suburban gardens alongside potatoes, carrots, onions and anything else edible that would grow in this country. This ‘grow your own’, born out of necessity, helped the country survive the lean war years. If you had a glut of something you would swop with relatives, friends and neighbours, or even barter for other items in short supply. As well as padding out the often meagre rations it helped to create a great community spirit. Eggs were particularly prized as the ration was as low as one per adult per week.

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