Andrew has six backyard hens: they're shut up in a henhouse at night-time, to protect them from the local fox. When he opens the door in the morning, the hens are always eager to get out and about.
Ruth grew up on a farm near Clondalkin, in the County Dublin of the 1940’s, when life was very different.
When I visited Steve recently during a trip to the UK, he had a few questions about his new livestock.
The dedication of some individuals to animals in trouble is remarkable, and the story of Bonnie (pictured above with volunteer Mel) is one that's worth telling.
Open farms: a radio discussion | East Coast Radio
Open farms are popular destinations for summer holiday excursions, and they can be an excellent way of both entertaining and educating children. Learn more about them in this podcast.
Hen-keeping is more popular than ever, and that it can be fun, as well as a good way of getting a regular supply of great eggs.