This morning my husband and I spotted 2 foxes in the field opposite our farm. It was about 8am when we saw them. The foxes seemed to be following each other. The lead fox didn’t seem to want the other fox to follow. After about 5 minutes the fox that had been following retreated behind … Read more Foxes Spotted Near Farm
I received a phone call from my friend Vicky asking me if I would like a cockerel that needed rehousing or it might end up in a pot! As much as I would have liked to have taken the cockerel in, unfortunately I wasn’t able to as my hut houses my hens, guinea fowl and … Read more Friend Rescues Cockerel
Determining an illness or disease by a hens droppings can be difficult, but the droppings can be a tell tale sign that a hen is not well. I received an email from one of my readers asking about a hen having yellow discharge and diarrhea. I have a hen with a yellow discharge and diorrhea. … Read more Hen With Yellow Discharge And Diarrhea
A double yolked egg is an egg that has two yolks. It is caused by two eggs separating from the ovary at the same time and joining into one egg. Double yolked eggs can be fairly rare. They are sometimes produced by pullets in their first year of laying. Double yolked eggs can be produced … Read more Double Yolked Eggs
A broody hen is a hen that wants to sit on a nest of eggs so that they hatch out. * If you do not want to let a hen sit on a nest, then it is a good idea to remove the hen from the nest as soon as possible (night time is a … Read more How To Stop A Hen Being Broody
I received an email about a broody hen that was bullied off her nest of eggs for about 5 hours. I sent a reply and corresponded with Kate and was delighted to hear that the hen managed to get back on the nest and the eggs hatched out. Here is our email correspondence tracking the … Read more Broody Hen Bullied Off Nest But Chicks Still Hatched
When a hen goes missing overnight, it could be due to a number of reasons; Gone broody and sitting on nest of eggs. Injured or sick and can’t make it back to the hut. Killed by predator. Misjudged the light and didn’t make it back so roosting elsewhere. Last week one of my elderly hens … Read more Hen Missing Overnight
Late this morning it started to snow and the snow began to settle pretty quickly. My poultry were out free ranging and I knew that my guinea fowl would not like snow and would eventually fly up into the trees to roost so that they didn’t have to walk in thick snow. So I dashed out to … Read more Snow Stops Play, Poultry Play!
Does anyone have experience of keeping turkey‘s and know the best litter to keep growing turkeys on, as I recently received a comment on my forum from Lablanc asking about this, I’m keeping a few Turkeys for christmas again, and every year I have this disagreement with my farther in law about the bedding in … Read more Turkey Litter
I was recently asked if cider vinegar can help prevent coccidiosis, Just had my favourite bird die of it and not wanting it to spread among the flock. I am now using wood shavings instead of straw beding to make it easier to clean out and hopefully stop the litter being wet on the floor. … Read more Does Cider Apple Vinegar Help Prevent Or Cure Coccidiosis?