Late 1960s to 1970s

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

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

It is fair to say the farm was a very different place back then – the chickens had to share with a number of other tenants including a dozen cows, two horses, twenty or-so sheep, two dogs and a goat (named Billy!)