Well it has finally happened… I’ve been asking about setting up a blog section for the website for sometime. After all not everyone uses Facebook 🙂 though you can find us there – https://www.facebook.com/pages/WA-Poultry-Equipment/177138582305953 For those of you who haven’t been to the shop at meet us, I’m Helen – the one who talks alot and is more than slightly animal mad. My husband Jeff and I took over the business nearly 3 years ago now and while Jeff grew up with the poultry industry (and the shop since his father started the business) – I had a steep learning curve. I’m a farmers daughter, but we had sheep & cows and my Mothers chooks tended to free range and mostly take care of themselves. Hopefully I will be able to share some of the many interesting things I have learnt about the shop, poultry, poultry equipment, traps and probably life in general in the last few years.
WA Poultry Equipment as a business grew from Jeff’s family’s involvement in breeding quail and pheasant. As with many hobbies and especially birds (as those of you who breed them know) it is one of those things that has a habit of growing and consuming more time and resources. The Martins moved here to Baldivis in 1979 and eventually the equipment side of the business took over from the livestock. Today the poultry is limited to Chris & Rosemary’s dozen or so Isa brown hens, which lay eggs that the grandchildren love to collect, and our small mixed pet chook flock here at the shop – who will probably ended up featuring quite often in my writings. Bruce, the big ‘Plymouth Rock X’ rooster, who was named by the kids at school (and currently crowing loudly in the background) and two smaller ‘Plymouth Rock X’ hens I call Speckles and Dark Specks. I’ll add their story soon. They share the large chook pen space with two old Australorp hens. The rest of our pet family consists of my beloved 15yr old white cat ‘Princess Sophia’, 5 zebra fish and our ‘pound’ dog, Molly the toy fox terrier cross who is often at the shop with us.
So welcome to our shop. I currently plan on adding posts a few times a week- as time permits. Hopefully this blog will end up as a kind of virtual walk through of the shop and the items it contains, along with stories of what is happening in my world. I’m sure I will make mistakes (I’ve never blogged before.. ) and writing a blog is quite different to reading them.
Thanks for reading,… till next time, Helen & Molly (who is keeping my chair warm behind me)