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Newsletter December 2021

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Mantel Farm Newsletter - November 2021

Scottie swings into Christmas

As Scottie swings into Christmas, we look forward to Chicken Chatters in the New Year...

 

Last Sunday was the first day with the Christmas decorations up in our shop, and after a rush of customers at 10am it felt very festive to stand by the log burner with a cup of tea, especially on such a cold day.  We look forward to seeing you all in our shop over the next few weeks to stock up on your chicken feed and other animal supplies before we take our short winter break.  Don't forget its also a chance to get some lovely eco-friendly stocking fillers as well as our special sausages for your Christmas feasts. 

 

As many of you will already know, most years we have held our 'Festive-Friday' to share mince pies and hot drinks around our fire.  Although we were all looking forward to this years Festive Friday going ahead, sadly with the recent tightening of covid requirements for shops we feel it is best left for another year.  We will really miss the opportunity to chat with our customers about their chickens, bees and other topics of garden farming, so to give us all something to look forward to in the spring we have decided to hold the first of a series of evening get-togethers.  The first one we are calling 'Chicken Chatters', this will be an evening of questions and answers hosted by Jason.  We are hoping this will bring people together to have general discussions around the subject of chicken keeping.  Book your tickets early as places are limited - read more below.

 

Once again, in order to stop the spread of bird flu across the country, it has become necessary for everyone to house their poultry undercover in an enclosure. This comes particularly hard on birds that are used to be out free-ranging. With this in mind we have been trying to come up with ways to help keep them occupied and entertained. So, over the next few weeks we will be offering on our social-media pages, help and advice for ways to keep your birds happy during the winter months.  We also have a new home-made product at Mantel Farm (and look out for more to come), so why not get your hens in the swing of Christmas with our version of the 'Chicken-Swing', the ideal Christmas gift for your birds - more information below.

 

Christmas Opening Hours:

Last Shop Day: Sunday 19th December 2021

Re-opening Sunday 9th January 2022

 

With our best wishes

from Kerry, Jason and all at Mantel Farm.

 

 
Biosecurity advice...

Avian Influenza Update...

From Monday 29th November all Poultry have to be housed...

There are now new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread and to eradicate the disease. More information at: GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bird-flu-latest-situation-avian-influenza-prevention-zone-declared-across-great-britain

 

Our help sheet gives tips and products to ensure your setup meets the requirements.

 
 Chicken Swing...

NEW: Chicken Swing £11.95...

Keep your hens entertained this winter
We think little Scottie, our friendly Scots Grey cockerel enjoys testing out our new chicken swing -  have a look at our video clip
 
A Chicken Swing - A perfect Christmas gift for your chicken.
 

NEW EVENT..
Chicken Chatters

NEW EVENT:  Chicken Chatters...
£6.95/ticket...A great stocking filler gift for a chicken keeper

'Chicken chatters'  an evening of questions and answers hosted by Jason.  Bringing people together to have a general chat around the subject of chicken keeping. 

Is there something you would like to ask about your chicken keeping? or would you just like to share your experiences and find out more?  Join us for an informal evening discussing back garden chicken keeping with a cup of tea, coffee, and cake

 

Also look out for more evening events next year,,,

 
NEW: Beeswax Candle Packs...

New: Beeswax Candles, 8 gift pack...

NEW:  We have added Beeswax Candle Gift-Packs to our gift collection...   

100% Pure, natural beeswax, carefully rolled into elegant tall candles that will burn for around 5 hours.

No artificial scents, harmful paraffin, thinners, soy or nasties

 

£15.95 for 8 gift packed candles

 
Sausages...

Sausages back in stock...

£4.95 pack of 6 (frozen)

Our home grown sausages are again available.  Great for your Christmas feasts and fry-ups!

 

Try: Plain Pork (Gluten Free), Old English, Rosemary and Garlic or Cracked Pepper 

 

 
2022 Courses...

Book now for our 2022 Courses ...

Give the perfect Christmas Gift, something to look forward to...

Join us on one of our fun courses and workshops; learn how to power your shed using solar energy, make a beehive, become a beekeeper, identify the bumblebees in your garden, make bath bombs, a willow basket or a traditional Sussex Trug. 
 
 
Fire Briquettes...

Bee-Kind Heat Logs...
Keep yourself warm this Christmas with our Eco-friendly heat logs...

These heat logs are made in the UK from waste beehive material. 100% natural, compared to logs these wood briquettes burn hotter for longer (making them more economical) they are much cleaner to handle and produce less spitting when lit. 100% renewable energy from compressed cedarwood and redwood sawdust and shavings...

 
Gift Vouchers...

Gift Vouchers...

A great present for anyone this Christmas...

Unsure what gift to buy?  Avoiding unnecessary packaging and single-use items?  Why not give a Mantel Farm Voucher?  
 
£10, £50 and £100 Vouchers available
 
Feeding Bees..
Read more from Amanda...

Videos from our Apiary...

Feeding your Bees in winter...

This week Josh chats about the benefits of feeding your bees at this time of year and what to use...

  

Amandas Beekeeping notes ...

Bees’ behaviour is fascinating, even after nearly 20 years with them, they frequently cause me to wonder. The latest being last week (20th November), when I finally decided to bump off a nucleus which was too sensitive to me passing nearby and raking leaves and would go for the head without warning. I could not tolerate a larger colony with that trait...

 

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