I am sometimes asked about coccidiosis in hens and whether apple cider vinegar can help with this. Does anyone know if giving acv helps against coccidiosis, or if there is anything that you can give them, one of my hens has milky runny droppings but is generally healthy, is she ok? Sarah I thought I … Read more Coccidiosis & Apple Cider Vinegar
I had never heard of the naked neck turken or the cou nu chicken until recently when my “farmingfriend” Sandy from the US sent me a photo of some hens she has. The naked neck turken is the hen in the background. As you can see from the photo this bird has a look of … Read more Naked Neck Turkens Or Cou Nu Chickens
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 Worming Chickens Guest Article By Tim At Poultrykeeper
I am often asked why hens eat their eggs. Egg eating can begin when a hen finds a broken egg. They get a taste for the eggs, they really love the egg yolk and I wonder if this has nutrients in it that they crave. Sometimes they do it out of boredom. Here are some … Read more Why Do Hens Eat Eggs?
I am often asked how to tell if a hen is egg bound. A hen is egg bound when they cannot lay their egg. This may be because; the oviduct is too small for the egg to pass through, the egg may have broken and cannot slip through or the shell of the egg is … Read more Is My Hen Egg Bound?
I received an email yesterday on behalf of the RSPCA to thank me for writing about the Quash the Squash campaign last year (and BBQ Source, and People’s Choice!). They wanted to let me know that thanks to coverage like mine, and despite the recession, people are choosing to buy more RSPCA Freedom Food labelled … Read more Freedom Food Chicken Sales On The Up
I have been asked if you can make a hen go broody. It depends on the breed of hen as some breeds are more susceptible to becoming broody than others. Bantams and Silkies (I have friends that have used Silkies to hatch guinea fowl and quail eggs before now) are known for being broody hens. … Read more Can You Make A Hen Broody?
I have just been writing for my poultry newsletter about how it is a good time to think about how well protected your hens are against the threat of foxes and other predators especially as March is a time when fox cubs are born and so foxes will be looking for more food and so … Read more Hens & Cockerel Take Revenge On A Fox
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 What Is Your Favourite Chicken Breed?
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 Which Chicken Breeds For Meat