Should You Separate Broody Hen From Other Hens & Cockerel?

Should you separate a broody hen from other hens and cockerels? This is a tricky one as there are arguments for and against. If you separate a broody hen from the rest of the flock you are safe guarding the safety of the hen and chicks when they hatch as they are not going to … Read more Should You Separate Broody Hen From Other Hens & Cockerel?

How To Incubate Hen Eggs In An Incubator Without An Automatic Egg Turner

Here is a set of instructions for how to incubate hen eggs in an incubator without an automatic egg turner. Collect 6 to 12 fertile hen eggs. Store with the pointed end of egg facing down. Plug in the incubator the day before adding eggs to make sure it is working. Add water to the … Read more How To Incubate Hen Eggs In An Incubator Without An Automatic Egg Turner

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 A Tip To Stop Poultry Tipping Up Their Feeders

A Set Of Questions To Consider If Your Hen Is Poorly

One of our farmingfriends forum members recently posted about her poorly hen and was seeking advice on what might be the matter. She let us know as much information as possible about her hen by answering a set of questions, which I thought was very useful. I thought that these were useful questions to consider … Read more A Set Of Questions To Consider If Your Hen Is Poorly

Age Of Maturity Of Male Birds

The age of maturity of male birds will differ between species of birds. The maturity refers to the age at which the males reach sexual maturity and will start breeding with their female partners. Quail = about 60 days old. Hen = about 6-8 months old. Partridges = male grey partridges mature from about 10-12 … Read more Age Of Maturity Of Male Birds

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 Age Of Maturity Of Female Birds

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 Male To Female Ratio For Keeping Different Varieties Of Poultry