When keeping chickens, certain equipment is necessary. Housing. A feeder. A drinker. A nestbox. Storage for feed. No Tags
No these are not the lyrics to an 80’s reggae tune, but a frequent cry from the poultry keeper. Rats and mice are a common problem when poultry are kept. They are attracted by the poultry food. Rodents are opportunistic eaters. Rats are attracted by the water as well as the food. Rats and mice … Read more There’s A Rat In My Hen House, What Am I Gonna Do?
Poultry love to peck and spend their day doing so. Toe picking and feather picking (cannibalism) are common vices in chicks and adult birds. Chicks tend to peck at other birds toes whilst adult birds peck at the necks and rumps of other birds. Causes Of Feather Picking Poor nutrition (lack of protein). Lack of greens … Read more Feather Picking And Cannibalism In Poultry
Chickens are bred for different purposes. Some are breed solely for their meat, others their egg production and some for dual purpose. Dual Purpose Breeds Rhode Island Red New Hampshire Plymouth Rock Wyandotte Orpington Light Sussex Australorp Marans Dominique Houdan Langshan Dorking Layers Leghorn Wyandotte Araucana Minorca Australorp Marans Dorking Langshan Dominique Delaware Meat Birds … Read more Breeds Of Chickens – Egg Layers Or Meat Production
With the news of an outbreak of bird flu of the H5N1 strain in Britain, it is important that the UK poultry farmers, small-holders and henkeepers have the correct biosecurity measures in place. Food containers should be kept inside or protected from wild bird contact. Water containers should be kept indoors and protected from wild … Read more Biosecurity – Protect Your Poultry From Bird Flu
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 Reasons Why Poultry Might Not Lay
Keeping poultry is my hobby and gives me great pleasure as well as the added bonus of fresh eggs on a daily basis. However looking after poultry, like any livestock or pets for that matter, takes time, effort and commitment. Things to consider before keeping poultry. Do you have time to feed, water and egg collect … Read more Deciding To Keep Poultry
A light breed. Originally exported from the Italian port of Leghorn. Good egg layers. Lay white eggs. Not recommended for their meat. At maturity they weigh approximately 1.5/2kg. Female leghorns have a folded single comb. Female leghorns can mix with Guinea Fowl. HattyHatty