Bordon Herald

Hen breeder takes to the small screen

Suzie Baldwin and her family at Hollywater Hens appeared on the front page of the Bordon Herald under the headline “Happy Days at Hollywater Hens” on 15th April 2016.

Happy Days at Hollywater Hens

This was a follow up in the local press to Suzie appearing on Channel 5’s The Saturday Show on Easter Saturday.

It was great fun” said Suzie, a columnist for Country Living magazine. “I just wish it was me on Tony Hadley’s lap and not the chicken. I was clean for the day and treated like royalty.

Read the full story in the Bordon Herald

Suzie’s television appearance followed another celebrity encounter last year, when television presenter Phil Spencer visited Hollywater Hens and bought six chickens.

Phili Spencer with Suzie Baldwin's new book

Summer Daisies in a watering can

Hen Keeping Tips for April

  • When buying chickens look for bright eyes, clean nostrils, smooth legs and glossy feathers.
  • Sow sunflower seeds for your girls to enjoy eating as a treat later in the year.
  • Hang up old CDs in the run the shiny reflective will amuse the flock and scare wild birds away from the pen.
Saturday Show

Suzie Baldwin will be on Channel 5 this Saturday morning

Chicken expert Suzie Baldwin will be on Channel 5’s “The Saturday Show” this weekend. The show is on Saturday 26th March from 9:30am till 11.30am.

Saturday Show

Matt Barbet and Gaby Roslin will be joined by celebrity guests to discuss the hot topics.

 

This week Suzie will be on the show with with Tony Hadley, of 80’s Group  Spandau Ballet, and other pop stars and actresses with some of Hollywater Hens’ chicks and chickens.

channel 5

Tune in to hear get some tips on chicken keeping.

 

 

Merrist Wood College with their certificates of achievement and new Smallholders book

Chicken Keeping Course Dates

Chicken expert Suzie Baldwin will be running her highly rated Chicken Keeping Courses on the following Sundays:

  • March 13th
  • April 3rd
  • April 17th
  • May 1st

Beginners chicken courses take place from 10:00–12:30 at our smallholding on the Surrey / Hampshire border. The cost of the course is £40 and includes sandwiches (egg – would you believe!), cake and tea/coffee or juice. Please contact us for more details and further information and to book your place.  Places may be limited so that we can provide a more personal course for you or we can run it for your family group.


“Fantastic course at Hollywater hens today. Suzie Baldwin is hugely knowledgeable and a real confidence giver. Can’t wait to get my girls.”Helen Ellis via our Facebook page


The Hollywater Hens’ Beginners Chicken Course includes:

  • Setting up
  • Chicken breeds
  • Feeding chickens
  • Handling chickens
  • Common chicken health problems
  • How to handle your hens
  • Wing clipping
  • Questions and answer session with fresh sandwiches, cake and tea or coffee.

“A fantastic few hours learning from the Jedi Chicken Master herself Suzie Baldwin. We decided to take the course before we move to France in April and do this all by ourselves. Suzie couldn’t have been more helpful if she tried!! Fantastic course, great lady, great setup highly recommended to all!!!” – Andy MacPherson via our Facebook page


The beginners chicken course is a great way to gain confidence and knowledge enabling you to provide your hens with a happy healthy lifestyle.

Also they are a great way to meet like minded people.
Old clothes and wellington boots are advisable as this is a fun, hands-on practical course.

 

Telephone or email for more details and to book your place:

telephone contact details for Hollywater Hens  01428 751749

email contact details for Hollywater Hens  suzie@hollywaterhens.co.uk

 

White Hen pecking at grass

Expanded Chicken Breed pages

We are working on providing more information on various chicken breeds and have added some more chicken breed pages on the following birds:

You can click on the links above or on the Breeds page or find these pages in "About Hens" > "Breeds" in the menu at the top of every page.

 

Please note that Suzie Baldwin is the chicken expert and any errors in the compiled breed information are down to the website developer rather than Suzie who will be along shortly to make any changes and corrections. All image attributions are given on the individual breed page rather than the above thumbnails.

Snowy Winter scene

Keeping chickens – January tips

A hen keeper for more than 20 years with a 300 strong flock on her Hampshire / Surrey smallholding, chicken expert Suzie Baldwin from Hollywater Hens offers her advice and January tips for keeping chickens:

My ever-reliable hybrids have so far provided a continuous supply of eggs. All the animals on the farm are eagerly watching their feed buckets for afternoon meals - it takes a lot of willpower not to give it to them earlier. The turkeys are back to normal, strutting their stuff around the yard; Christmas is over and they know they’re safe. January is always a long month of dull cold weather, so I like to cheer up my chickens with activities. A simple perch, made from a branch with some rope at either end, hung in the run, will amuse them. Drill holes in logs and fill them with mealworms, peanut butter or boiled rice – they enjoy pecking the food out. Or pierce the base of a pot of live natural yogurt, which also helps their digestive systems, mirrors placed around the run will intrigue your flock, while baby toys (check they don’t have parts the birds can swallow) create interest and can be bought from charity shops. Hanging up a bunch of greens at jumping height will ensure your hens move around, boosting their circulation while providing vitamins and minerals.

Click here for details of Suzie Baldwin's hen keeping courses at Hollywater Hens, and have a look at some more of Suzie's tips for keeping chickens

snowman and donkey

Keeping chickens – December tips

A hen keeper for more than 20 years with a 300 strong flock on her Hampshire / Surrey smallholding, chicken expert Suzie Baldwin from Hollywater Hens offers her advice and December tips for keeping chickens:

This month, egg production is still really good in the hybrid barn, so I'm making lots of homemade puddings - great comfort food after a long day in the cold.

Spending a few minutes observing your chickens is essential in winter, as it is a trying time for them. Any behavioural changes could indicate illness, boredom or stress: all of which can easily be dealt with if caught early, but problems can quickly worsen if ignored. Hens really appreciate an afternoon feed of corn (combine with rolled oats and just enough cod liver oil - a good all-round tonic - to coat the mixture) for an energy boost, which will help them through the long chilly nights.

Sorting all my pure breeds for next year. This involves choosing those of either sex that best fits the features required by the breed standard - from leg colour to weight and size - and putting them in the pen where I can see them to ensure they're in tip-top condition. I've picked out some gorgeous Salmon Faverolles, Pekins and Buff Orpingtons, which will produce wonderful offspring next year.

Click here for details of Suzie Baldwin's hen keeping courses at Hollywater Hens, and have a look at some more of Suzie's tips for keeping chickens

Suzie Baldwin writes in BBC Countryfile magazine

Suzie Baldwin Talks Turkey in BBC Countryfile Magazine

Talking Turkey

Look out for the December issue of BBC Countryfile magazine where Hollywater Hens’ poultry expert Suzie Baldwin contributes to an article all about turkeys.

Suzie Baldwin writes in BBC Countryfile magazine

“Why are turkeys called turkeys?”

The firs time Europeans saw turkeys – in North America – they believed the birds must be related to guinea fowl. As guinea fowl were thought to originate in Turkey, their larger American ‘cousins’ were given that name.

Poultry expert Suzie Baldwin writes in BBC Countryfile magazine

Poultry expert Suzie Baldwin writes in BBC Countryfile magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The article “Turkey: A Natural History” tells you everything you never knew about the Christmas bird.

chickens in coop

Keeping chickens – November tips

A hen keeper for more than 20 years with a 300 strong flock on her Hampshire / Surrey smallholding, chicken expert Suzie Baldwin from Hollywater Hens offers her advice and November tips for keeping chickens:

The trees are almost bare of leaves, there's a nip in the air and fireworks are pervading the night skies. It must be November! This can be a trying time for the girls. Rosie, a very independent, headstrong Pekin Bantam, who's generally last to bed, is firmly tucked up before dusk, while the usually contented and mellow Buff Orpingtons are being rather tetchy with each other - disturbed nights really don't suit them! In recent years, firework displays seem to be more frequent, causing problems for some chickens. They are sensitive creatures and susceptible to stress, which affects their behaviour, Iowers their immunity 
and reduces egg production.

Dried lavender, either sprinkled on their bedding or placed in bags and pinned inside the coop, helps them to relax. You can also use homeopathic treatments such as phosphorous, or Bach Rescue Remedy - these anxiety-relieving solutions seem to work almost instantly (both products are available from most good health-food shops). Covering the coop with blankets
 can muffle the outside noise (take care
 not to block ventilation holes) and
 extra bedding will help them feel secure. During the day, I place crushed garlic
 cloves in filled drinkers - it boosts the
 girls' natural defences without altering 
the taste of their eggs
.

Click here for details of Suzie Baldwin's hen keeping courses at Hollywater Hens, and have a look at some more of Suzie's tips for keeping chickens

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Winter opening times at Hollywater Hens

With Winter closing in now, Hollywater Hens will be moving to our Winter opening hours after this weekend.
We will remain open at weekends from 10am to 4pm but will be closed on weekdays apart from Friday (by appointment only please)
Monday to Thursday – Closed
Friday – by appointment
Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 4pm