Wiltshire Poultry breeder featured by Hairy Bikers up for sale

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A poultry breeding business that featured on the BBC series Hairy Bikers Chicken and Egg has been put on the market by its founder.

Charlotte Carnegie has appointed the national business transfer specialist Blacks Business Brokers to find a buyer for Charlotte’s Poultry, at Upper Wraxhall near Chippenham.

The business breeds and supplies fertilised eggs and birds of all ages from 30 different pure and hybrid varieties of chicken, duck and quail.

As well as live birds and fertilised eggs the business also supplies poultry keeping equipment and made-to-order outdoor coops and animal hutches, and has recently introduced poultry keeping courses.

In 2016 Charlotte’s Poultry was chosen as the location for an episode of the BBC television series Hairy Bikers Chicken and Egg that aired in autumn of that year.

“I got a call one evening and it was a producer for the Hairy Bikers,” Ms Carnegie said. “They looked at two or three other poultry businesses in the area too but thought we would provide a particularly nice location for the show, and we had a really enjoyable day of filming here.”

Charlotte operates the business single-handed but it has grown to such a scale that it would now be better suited to a team of people. As a result, she wants to sell.

The leasehold business is on the market for £34,000 plus an annual rent of £1,400. Charlotte’s Poultry occupies a plot of approximately 1.5 acres of attractive wooded farmland just outside the Wiltshire village of Upper Wraxhall and includes a breeding shed, a range of outdoor coops and hutches, a brick storage shed and another brick shed used as a gift shop.

In its most recent financial year the business turned over £34,000, generating a net profit of £16,000.

Nikki Jones, listings manager at Blacks Business Brokers, said, “This is a perfect opportunity for poultry enthusiasts who want to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle while growing a business that has a great reputation and fantastic potential. Approximately a third of the site is currently empty so this could be brought into use to introduce additional breeds.

“The business also gets a lot of enquiries from export markets. It is not currently set up to deal with these but exports could prove to be a valuable additional income stream in future.”