Prince George and Charlotte follow in Charles’ footsteps with surprising new hobby

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Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 5, have been looking after chickens they raised from chicks. William and Kate’s children appear to be taking after Prince Charles who also loves to rear birds. The two young royals are self-isolating at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their brother Prince Louis.

The children have been enjoying going outside to check on their chickens when they are not inside the 10-bedroom country house.

A source told the Sun: “The great interest outside Anmer Hall are the hens, reared from chicks.

“Kate and the children are out daily in the hen house, collecting fresh eggs in their baskets, and the eggs are then used in the kitchen almost immediately.

“Kate and the children have a well laid out chicken coop, and a safe fox-proof chicken house, filled with healthy food and feeding treats.

“Organic self-sufficiency is the name of the game with the Cambridges.”

The Duchess of Cambridge has been encouraging children to spend time outdoors to be healthy.

Previously she has said: “I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been taking after Prince Charles who also loves to rear chickens at his family home in Gloucestershire.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have a small flock of large Orpington chickens which lay brown eggs.

A source told the Sun: “Charles is the all-time chicken lover, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of most breeds and knows how to rear them.

“‘Cluckingham Palace’ is what his house is sometimes called.”

Prince Charles is such a passionate chicken rearer that he wrote a forward in a book all about the birds.

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The book titled The Illustrated Guide to Chickens: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them, was written by Celia Lewis.

The source added: “Even Camilla appreciates hearing and watching Charles’ chickens in their fields and orchards down in Highgrove.

“They seem very content and are chatted to by the royal couple.”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte also have a vegetable patch at Anmer Hall.

They grow lettuce, small cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.

A source has previously told the Sun: “Each Cambridge child has been gifted small gardening tools, including trowels, rakes, shovels, small spades and mini wheelbarrows, brightly coloured watering cans, mini gardening gloves to avoid cuts and stings or totally filthy hands and nails.”

In 2019, the Duchess of Cambridge designed and worked on a display for the Chelsea Flower Show.

Before unveiling the woodland paradise-themed garden, the Duchess spoke about her work to encourage children to spend time outdoors.

She said: “What happens in our early years is vital to our being able to engage positively in school, and in work and society, and ultimately, to how we bring up our own children.

“The first few years of life, from conception to five, are pivotal for our future health, happiness, and ability to cope with adversity – and probably more so than at any other point of our lifetime.”

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