Tom Holland found a pretty resourceful way to get around the shortage of eggs in his local area, by adopting chickens so he can pretty much do the job himself.
There's no eggs; we have no eggs. So we thought to solve that problem, we would become the source of eggs. Now, we’re the owner of chickens.
We hope Predator, Chestnut and Ranger are well looked after.
While many businesses have been stopped in their tracks by the coronavirus, poultry breeders are suddenly in greater demand than ever as people flock to buy hens for their gardens.
Chicken suppliers have been inundated with orders like never before.
With eggs hard to come by in supermarkets since the pandemic began, people want an ongoing supply of fresh eggs at home – as well as wanting a new hobby while self-isolating.
Live poultry breeders across the UK have seen their barns stripped of birds over the past seven days as families unable to find eggs in the shops turn to chicken keeping.
“I’ve been selling chickens for twelve years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Annie Hall, of Annie Hall’s Poultry in Westerleigh, Bristol.
“My customers tend to think of their hens as pets,” said Mrs Hall. “Under normal circumstances they take time researching breeds and enjoying the variety of ornamental interest they can bring to a garden. But this week people don’t care if they’re buying full sized hens or little bantams. The birds could be green with pink spots and I’d still be selling them. I have sold 250 birds since Wednesday and I’ve stopped taking deposits for now. We usually make coops to order but people are taking anything we have available.”
“People can’t buy eggs in the shops, and they’re also looking for ways to occupy the children now the schools have closed.”
Johannes Paul, spokesman for Omlet — the British company which began making fashionable, plastic ‘Eglu’ coops for urban gardens in 2003 — said that sales across Europe and the US this week were up 66 per cent on the same week last year. “That’s more than we’ve ever sold in one week — a huge leap in demand,” he says.
Liz Andreozzi, of Sussex Garden Poultry, may be doing good business but she’s worried about the welfare of her animals. She has been bombarded by phone calls and emails over the past week. “It’s a bit of a nightmare and to be quite honest, I’m fed up,” she tells i.
If you can’t look after them, don’t buy them.
英国母鸡福利信托基金（The British Hen Welfare Trust）的Jane Howorth则表示，从乐观的方面看，这次养鸡热潮可能会改变英国人对鸡的态度，让更多的人看到鸡是一种多么治愈的禽类。想想母鸡咯咯地围在你脚边，真是能带来极大的放松。
“On the bright side,” says Mrs Howorth, “I hope this sudden surge of interest helps change our nation’s attitude to chickens. People may buy a few hens because they want eggs, but they soon realise how therapeutic the birds can be. Just that gentle clucking around your feet can be incredibly soothing in times of stress.”
What’s perhaps even more surprising than the demand for garden hens is that it’s not only poultry that people are after. Andreozzi had a phone call from a Londoner asking for a single lamb to put in their garden. The answer was a definitive no.
Going to collect hens is now at odds with the latest social distancing rules. “Going out to buy chickens is non-essential travel,” says Dobson.
据英媒报道，当地时间3月23日，英国首相鲍里斯·约翰逊发表电视讲话表示，英国将至少封锁三周（lockdown for at least three weeks），对民众的外出活动进行严格限制，民众若不配合将由警察强制执法。
✔ Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
✔ One form of exercise a day — for example a run, walk, or cycle — alone or with members of your household.
✔ Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
✔ Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.