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

Hen’s Sneezing

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 … 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

Questions Regarding Silkie Chicks & Hens

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 … Read more

Age Of Maturity Of Female Birds

The age of maturity of female birds will differ between species of birds. The maturity refers to the age at which the females reach sexual maturity and will start laying eggs and breeding with their male partners. Quail = about 50 days old (I have observed that female Japanese quail will start to lay eggs … Read more

Male To Female Ratio For Keeping Different Varieties Of Poultry

Here is a rough guide to the male to female ratio for keeping different varieties of poultry together. Quail = 1 male to every 3-4 females. Hen = 1 males to every 6-10 females. (The Domestic Fowl Trust normally recommend 1 male to 6 females for breeding chickens.) Partridges = 1 male to 1 female. … Read more