What Age Do Cockerels Start Crowing

The age a cockerel will first crow can vary, but they can start crowing at about four or five months of age, usually this coincides with them beginning to look like a mature cockerel, when their tail feathers grow and their crown becomes red and prominent. As I said the age can vary and we … Read more

A Tip To Stop Poultry Tipping Up Their Feeders

I have received a chicken feeder tip from Anthony Marriott from Marriotts Smallholding to help stop your poultry from tipping up their feeder. Anthony says, “We have found that chickens like to scratch their feeders as much as the grass etc. To solve this problem just get a couple of galvanised tent pegs and push … Read more

Worming Chickens Guest Article By Tim At Poultrykeeper

Worming Chickens By Tim Daniels of poultrykeeper.com 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 … Read more

What Is Your Favourite Chicken Breed?

What is your favourite chicken breed? Chickens and hens are kept for many reasons: They lay eggs. Provide meat. As pets. For company. Their plummage. Their disposition and character. My favourite breed is the leghorn as I kept a white leghorn for 5 years. She was called Hatty and she had a brilliant personality. She … Read more

Which Chicken Breeds For Meat

I was asked today which chicken breeds are kept for meat. My father-in-law suggested Cobs where the fastest growing chickens for their meat. The more traditional breeds he suggested included: Light Sussex Rhode Island Red Buff Orpingtons Chickens are bred for different purposes. Some are breed solely for their meat, others their egg production and … Read more

Books About Chickens

Farming Friends is delighted to announce that we now have books about chickens in stock. If you are a hen enthusiast, if you keep chickens and hens or are thinking of keeping hens and chickens then Chickens At Home by Michael Roberts or Starting With Chickens by Katie Thear are books that are sure to … Read more

RSPCA Campaign – Quash The Squash

I received an email on behalf of the RSPCA about raising awareness of an urgent campaign to protect the welfare of UK meat chickens. Right now, the government is considering new EU legislation that may increase the number of chickens allowed in rearing sheds. Even at current minimum standards, each bird is given less space than … Read more