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1960s to 1970s

By the late 1960s, the twins, Carl and Peter, had eventually scrimped, saved and borrowed enough money to buy a small derelict farmhouse and a piece of land at Swineshead. In 1969, C&P Bird Brothers was formed and became a registered company in 1977.

One of the first things the twins did was to put up their very first chicken shed. It was a wooden POW Nissen hut from the Second World War and once erected, it housed 4,000 chickens in patchett cages.

However, the farm was a very different place back then and the chickens had to share the site with a number of other inhabitants, including a dozen cows, two horses, 20 sheep, two dogs and of course, a goat named Billy!