STAFF at a fledgling business based at Amerton Farm, are feeling pretty chirpy after itssuccessful launch this month.
Brooklands Poultry and Pet Shop, which specialises in breeding hens and quail, is the latest venture to open at the popular farm and craft centre near Stafford.
And proprietor Holly Birch said there was a steady stream of visitors cooing over the latest chicks to hatch, as well as getting to know the hens enjoying life in the shop's outdoor aviary.
"We have a hatchery at the back of the shop and lots of chicks running around," said Mrs Birch, aged 29, from Gayton.
"They are real little characters and very entertaining to watch."
The business also supplies specialist and rare breed hens, including Pekin, Bantams, Polish and Silkies.
"There has been a big surge of interest in keeping hens in recent years, and we are getting a lot of visits from people thinking of having a few chickens in the back garden," Mrs Birch added.