I am a 24 year old girl who has a passion for animals, nature and the self-sufficient lifestyle.
The Honeysuckle homestead is four acres in total, including a one-acre fox-proof enclosure, which is home to over 50 varieties of rare breed waterfowl, various hybrid laying hens, Sebright, cream legbar and Poland hens, a pair of american buff geese, some beautiful mandarin ducks and not forgetting the giant continental rabbits.
With the fruit orchard planted and a beautiful pair of American buff geese roaming the enclosure, by winter 2012/2013 things are starting to take shape:
Over the coming year you will hopefully see it grow it into a completely sustainable smallholding, where ducks, chickens, geese, sheep, giant continental rabbits and miniature shetlands all live contentedly amoung the wildflower pasture. Spending their days surrounded by fruit trees, ponds, vegetables and herbs and protected on all sides by fox proof fencing entwined with ever-green honeysuckles, passion flowers, jasmine, clematis and chiliean potato vines.
My hope is to breed top quality, beautiful healthy birds, grow all my own produce from pumpkins to potatoes to plums, have a thriving bee colony to produce my own honey and propagate ever-green climbers...all of which will be available to buy.
I have been breeding rare breed poultry and waterfowl under the name of 'Pontesford Poultry' for the past couple of years. Over that time i have gotten a better idea of what i want to do with my little acre of land, and so have changed the name to 'Honeysuckle Homestead' and am now working to create a little haven set amidst the Shropshire countryside, for wildlife and people alike.
My mum has taken over the rare breed poulty and we are in the process of relocating them to her at 'Barton Hollow Rare Breeds' set a-top the Longmynd.
In the mean time i am working on strengthening and expanding my rare breed waterfowl collection.
On the 'Waterfowl for sale' page you will find a list of all my breeds along with availability of everything from hatching eggs to point-of-lay.
Alongside the waterfowl i now grow and sell-on hybrid laying hens, including but not limited to the ever-popular RHODE ROCK, the beautiful BLUEBELL, and the well known WARREN. All hybrids are available at point of lay, fully vaccinated £18.00 each.
All Breeds have their own page off the respective pages:'Poultry', 'Waterfowl ' or 'Other Inhabitants' pages. Throughout the year we will have offspring for sale from the majority of the enclosure inhabitants. Details of which will be on their breed pages.
Please feel free to browse around the website, if you have any comments or suggestions don't hesitate to get in touch.
From 1st of March I am aiming to have hatching eggs and ducklings available from the majority of duck breeds, hatching eggs and chicks available from the Sebrights, Cream legbars and Polands and point-of-lay hybrid laying hens available.
If you would like to pop by for a closer look at the various breeds and to get an idea of which might suite your requirements best please drop me an email/call and we can arrange a time.
Visitors are strictly by appointment only for the time being.