Jonathan, Henry, beaky, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme – a month of the glorification of the chicken

Henry and Beaky
Henry and Beaky

Hello, my name is Jonathan Nettleton.

I am a strict vegetarian (would be vegan if I didn’t eat free range eggs from my own chickens). I work as an ambulance driver for the NHS.

Favourite quote “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”  “Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last river has dried up and the last fish has been caught, will man realize he cannot eat money!”

Where in the world are you?

Shropshire, England

How many chickens do you have?


Chicken names?

Henry, beaky, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme.

How do you spend quality time with your chickens?

Sitting in a deckchair hand feeding tidbits

What has surprised you most about your chickens?

Their inquisitive nature and friendliness

What do you want to tell people out there (who don’t know chickens as a species) about chickens?

They are the most amazing pets with funny quirky habits that will make you laugh out loud.

How do you know that your chickens recognize you over and above other people in their lives?

The way they come running every time I step into the garden

In your experience of keeping chickens as pets, what 10 non-negotiable factors do you believe need to be in place to give chickens a life that is physically, emotionally and mentally healthy?

1: all chickens should be free range,

2: no chicken should be killed for meat,

3: all chickens should be allowed to live a natural life.

4: free range should mean free range not just a few hours on a small grass paddock.

5: ban KFC.

Sorry can’t think of ten.

If you could say one thing, on behalf of chickens in the world, to the decision makers in your country, what would that one thing be?

Please ban all intensive forms of chicken farming including so called free range which are hardly better than battery farms.

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