Liverpool Star Joe Allen Loves Poultry
FourFour Two and Match of the Day magazine are favourite reads for football fans in search of background information on their favourite players. This month, however, Liverpool fans in particular might be best seeking out a copy of Chicken and Egg magazine!
Premier League footballers have the financial resources to engage in any hobby they choose from haute couture to collecting super cars. So it is refreshing to hear that some top players enjoy more earthy pursuits. In the case of Liverpool’s midfielder Joe Allen, that means keeping chickens.
The Allen Clan
In an interview with Chicken and Egg magazine, Allen has revealed that one of his favourite places, apart from the famous Kop, is his chicken coop at home. He has 16 chickens including two cockerels and 14 hens. The coop was the idea of his wife Lacey as the couple share an interest in animal welfare. Most of the chickens are rescue animals which the Allen’s have rehomed after they have finished their commercial lives. The Allen’s started out with just two chickens but their flock has grown rapidly.
Cleaning Poultry Bedding
The chickens reside in the Allen’s back garden in North Wales. The couple jointly care for them although Joe is happy to admit that he tends to do a disappearing act when it comes to cleaning the coop. He loves the birds but is not so keen on replacing the poultry bedding and giving the coop a good scrub. Poultry bedding aside, he does devote time to the chickens and has even named every bird. The cockerels are called Bruce (Grobbelaar?) and Rodney (Trotter?). The hens answer to Leg, Silkie Steve (Gerrard?), Kate, Silkie Steve junior, Giblets, Snowy, Nugget, Kiev, Dora, Holly, Shimmer, Shine and Chickaletta.
Joe Allen even received a cockerel (Bruce) from his wife on the occasion of his 24th birthday and loved the gesture. Well that answers the age old question of what do you buy the man who has everything?
Poultry keeping might seem like a strange hobby for a footballer but perhaps not. For one thing Allen says that he no longer needs an alarm clock in order to get up in time for training. His cockerels ensure that he is an early riser and can reach Liverpool’s Melwood training ground in good time from his estate in Wales. In addition, top flight footballers need high protein diets so what could be better that a ready supply of fresh eggs at home? Allen claims to be able to make a mean omelette or perhaps he means that his wife can in the light of his comments about the poultry bedding!
Chicken and Egg magazine is a welfare and food publication from the British Hen Welfare Trust. In addition to the celebrity features, the magazine offers valuable advice if you keep or would like to keep chickens and some great recipes for those eggs.