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Newsletter February 2020


Newsletter February 2020

Mantel Farm is a family run garden farming business located in the heart of the East Sussex countryside
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Mantel Farm Newsletter - February 2020

New Year, New Chickens and Egg production

After the Christmas Break its back to work as usual getting the chicken pens ready for our first delivery of hens.  The barn always seems quiet during January, most of the animals that were here on their holidays are now back home and we have only our own flocks to greet us in the mornings.  It does make the daily routine much quicker, but it wont last long as the new young birds are arriving soon.

 

This year as well as our popular range of Pekin Bantams and Hybrid Hens , we are really excited to be able to offer a few new breeds of  hybrid and a range of vaccinated pure breeds , including:  Wyandottes, Silkies, Polish, Brahma and Cochin... more details below.

 

In light of all the local news regarding egg production recently, maybe now is a time you are considering keeping your own chickens? If you already do then you know there is something special about collecting eggs for breakfast from your own flock in your back garden, and they taste a world apart from supermarket eggs.  There is also the animal welfare considerations and using our gardens to produce our own food is a choice many of us can consider to have a positive impact on the world around us.

 

Mantel Farm's history is commercial egg production, there were thousands of birds in our barns for years before we moved here and the business documents from this time show it was not an easy business!  When we first moved here we had a large flock of layers, kept outside in true free range conditions but after several years of supplying eggs to local business we had to reduce the numbers and keep only small flocks providing eggs for ourselves and shop customers, this was because we found we were losing too much money; the price we all pay for eggs just couldn't support the costs of keeping the hens at this scale.  So, although we don't support intensive commercial farming, we also believe the only way things will change is if we all think about where and how we source our food so encouraging a viable food chain and reducing the demand for intensive farming practices.

 

 
 
 
Hybrid Hen Info...

New Birds for February...

Pekin Bantams and Hybrid Hens available soon. 

Our next flock of Pekin Bantams will be available from Sunday 9th Feb, and our Hybrids are available from Friday 14th Feb when we will also have a new blue egg layer available.  More details available on our website 

 
 
 
Diatom Info...

New Refill Offer...

2kg Diatom pots £14.95. 

We are continuously reviewing our products to make them as sustainable as possible and can now offer to refill for your Diatom pots, just bring your pot along and we will refill it with powder (this must be a Mantel Farm Diatom Pot to ensure the correct labelling is in place).  For each refill you will receive a stamp on our loyalty card, so 10 stamps and you have a free refill!

 

 
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A Bee Experience for Mothers Day...

A great day learning all about our pollinators and what we can do to help them

Our 2020 training courses are up an running, and our March courses include a Willow Weaving course and a Bee Experience Day, both making great Mothers Day gifts.

 
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New Pure Breeds available in April...

We are really excited to be able to offer a range of vaccinated pure breeds, including:  Wyandottes, Silkies, Polish, Brahma, Cochin and Copper Maran.

We will be adding more details to our website but they are now available to reserve as numbers are limited and interest has been high.

 
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Woodchip back in stock...

Just £3.95 per bag for kiln dried hardwood chips
We have had a new delivery of woodchip, so our January fitness work-out has included shovelling woodchip into bags as well as spreading them on our own paths and pens to keep away the mud!!  

With all this wet weather our woodchip is perfect to add to the chicken pens to give the girls some dry ground.

 
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Amanda's Beekeeping Notes...

Firstly, I hope none of your bees suffered or drowned in Storm Brendan and the heavy rain a few days later. Last month I mentioned threats to all pollinators  being   climate change, pesticides and habitat loss; I should have included other threats being the way we manage our honey bees and pests and disease; I address that now...

 
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Winter Fuel available now...

Sustainable Logs, Kindling and Fuel blocks...
With a few dafodils in flower and early lambs in the fields behind the farm it can begin to feel a little like spring, but we could still be in for some cold weather so dont forget to stock up on fuel.  We have available: flaming firewood, kiln dried logs, kindling, firelighters and Hot Max fuel blocks, all sustainably sourced from the UK.

 

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