Mike Hatcher has a lifetime's experience keeping poultry. He began his career in commercial poultry and later crossed into pure breeds. He holds a qualification in Poultry Husbandry from the Lancashire College of Agriculture. He has judged in the UK, USA, Canada and Holland, and writes for various poultry magazines. He is now President of the Poultry Club of Great Britain and has worked with DEFRA to reduce the impact of avian influenza on small poultry keepers.