Broody Hen Or Incubator For Hatching Eggs?

“Why exactly do so many more people choose the broody hen over the incubator?” This comment was left by Megan (thanks Megan) and I thought that it was an interesting question. More people choose to use a broody hen because the success rate with the hen is usually better than with the incubator. The broody … Read more

Coccidiosis In Chickens

What Is Coccidiosis? Coccidiosis is a common parasitic disease of poultry which affects the digestive tract and is primarily found in chickens and turkeys. Symptoms Ruffled feathers. Unthriftiness. Head drawn back into shoulders. A chilled appearance. Diarrhea which may have blood in it. If not treated can lead to mortality. Causes Coccidiosis is caused by a … Read more

Hatty The Hen Is Moulting

Hatty The Hen is moulting at the moment. She started to lose some of her feathers back in August and it was a little worrying when there was no sign of Hatty just a pile of white feathers. Had a fox or dog got her? No thank goodness. Then I worried that Hatty was ill … Read more

Hatty The Hen

Hatty the hen is my White Leghorn chicken. She is about 3 years old and she was given to me by one of our kind neighbours along with Hetty in 2004. Unfortunately Hetty is no longer with us but Hatty has befriended the flock of guinea fowl and when she isn’t finding somewhere new to … Read more

Chicken Penpal

Farming Friends Chicken Penpal is a penpal scheme that enables the penpal recipient to learn about chickens in an interesting way. At a cost of only £12 the Farming Friends Chicken Penpal will receive; An introductory letter from the chicken penpal. A photograph of the chicken penpal. A birthday card from the chicken penpal. A Christmas card from the chicken penpal.   Buy the Farming Friends Chicken Penpal … Read more

Are Hens Seen as Pets?

During the dog chasing my hen and guinea fowl incident on Tuesday, one of the offending dog walkers claimed that there was nothing to worry about when her dog chased my poultry as they were only hens and we were going to eat them anyway. Although I do raise guinea fowl for the table, some of the … Read more

Hen Gallery

Welcome to the Poultry Gallery. Here you can meet the Poultry in our farmyard. White Leghorn Hens Meet Hatty and Hetty the White Leghorn Hens. Photographs of Hatty Hatty running. Laying in the straw. Eating barley. Hiding in the hedgerow. Egg sitting. Up a tree! Laying an egg! The egg. Hatty laid her first egg … Read more

Feeding Chicks & Keets

I received an email on Saturday from one of my regular readers Joanna, enquiring about what food can be given to young chicks as one of her Orpington hens had turned up with a chick. All the books I have recommend giving chick crumbs for the first ten to 14 days and this is what … Read more

Reasons Why Poultry Might Not Lay

Hens may stop laying or may not lay for a number of reasons. The age of the hen – as they get older the amount of eggs may reduce. The health of the hen – illness or parasites can hinder laying. The time of year – the length of daylight can affect egg production. Changes … Read more