27 Jul 2018

The life of a 16-year-old poultry breeder

From Country Life, 9:16 pm on 27 July 2018
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Photo: RNZ/Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

Laura Inglis has been taking purebred chickens and ducks to local poultry competitions for as long as she can remember.

"At the Motueka A&P show last year I came home with most of the winnings because I was one of the only entrants!" she says with a grin.

The 16 year old bird fancier has a menagerie of over 100 feathered friends at her parents' farmlet in Upper Moutere near Nelson.

"Most of the ones wandering around are crossbreds, whereas in all the cages I've got all my show birds which are my Pekins, Game Bantams, Arcanas and my Orpingtons'"

Feeding and watering all of the birds, as well as her small flock of sheep, takes the Motueka High School student about an hour every day.

"Seeing as school is getting a bit more difficult and I don't have time to study anymore, I need to, um... get rid of quite a few of my birds and just keep the purebreds".

For this young breeder, reducing her beloved flock might well be easier said than done.

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Photo: RNZ/Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

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