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Hen’s Sneezing

| October 9, 2011

Sneezing hens may have an upper respiratory problem and there can be discharge from the nose with this. Hens are prone to respiratory problems. There can be a number of causes: poor ventillation (droppings give off ammonia), sawdust (larger wood shavings sold in pet shops usually has the ‘dust’ extracted to prevent these problems), straw [...]

Small Dorking Chicken Coop By Oakdene Coops

| October 7, 2011

Oakdene Coops are renowned for their well designed, British made chicken coops. They have just introduced the Small Dorking Chicken Coop. This pretty chicken coop by Oakdene Coops will house up to three chickens. Available in five colours. It has a full recycled plastic interior, making it very easy to clean and ideal for beginners. [...]

Wall Or Fence Mounted Chicken Coop By Oakdene Coops

| July 14, 2011

The New Way To Keep Chickens From Oakdene Coops! Oakdene Coops are renowned for their well designed, British made chicken coops. Their latest chicken coop mounts onto a fence, garden wall or even a tree! This new concept of keeping chickens has many advantages over using a conventional chicken coop. This chicken coop takes up [...]

A Set Of Questions To Consider If Your Hen Is Poorly

| February 20, 2011

One of our farmingfriends forum members recently posted about her poorly hen and was seeking advice on what might be the matter. She let us know as much information as possible about her hen by answering a set of questions, which I thought was very useful. I thought that these were useful questions to consider [...]

Questions Regarding Silkie Chicks & Hens

| February 19, 2011

I have been asked some questions relating to silkie chicks and hens. I don’t have silkie hens myself although a friend has some and they hatched some of my guinea fowl eggs and looked after the keets brilliantly so I know they make great mums! Dear friends, Hope you are doing good with your pets [...]

Naked Neck Turkens Or Cou Nu Chickens

| November 23, 2010

I had never heard of the naked neck turken or the cou nu chicken until recently when my “farmingfriend” Sandy from the US  sent me a photo of some hens she has. The naked neck turken is the hen in the background. As you can see from the photo this bird has a look of [...]

Worming Chickens Guest Article By Tim At Poultrykeeper

| November 4, 2010

Worming Chickens By Tim Daniels of This article shares some of my personal experiences and routines with worming my chickens. Chickens, waterfowl and other poultry require regular worming to prevent health problems, yet it is surprising how many people don’t do this on a regular basis. If you are keeping chickens on the same [...]

Why Do Hens Eat Eggs?

| June 20, 2010

I am often asked why hens eat their eggs. Egg eating can begin when a hen finds a broken egg. They get a taste for the eggs, they really love the egg yolk and I wonder if this has nutrients in it that they crave. Sometimes they do it out of boredom. Here are some [...]

Can You Make A Hen Broody?

| March 9, 2010

I have been asked if you can make a hen go broody. It depends on the breed of hen as some breeds are more susceptible to becoming broody than others. Bantams and Silkies (I have friends that have used Silkies to hatch guinea fowl and quail eggs before now) are known for being broody hens. [...]

Hens & Cockerel Take Revenge On A Fox

| March 3, 2010

I have just been writing for my poultry newsletter about how it is a good time to think about how well protected your hens are against the threat of foxes and other predators especially as March is a time when fox cubs are born and so foxes will be looking for more food and so [...]