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Chicken Vet Website

| October 14, 2011

On my farmingfriends forum when the members need to take their poultry to the vets there is often talk about whether their vets have a specialist in poultry. I am lucky where I live we have a local vets surgery with staff who are specially trained in avian veterinary. I am writing this post as [...]

Hen’s Sneezing

| October 9, 2011

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 [...]

A Tip To Stop Poultry Tipping Up Their Feeders

| February 21, 2011

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 [...]

Male To Female Ratio For Keeping Different Varieties Of Poultry

| January 11, 2011

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. [...]

How to Keep Poultry Drinkers and Waterfowl Ponds From Freezing

| January 10, 2011

With the recent Wintery weather in the UK and other countries suffering with snow, frosts and minus temperatures, there has been alot of debate about how to keep poultry drinkers and waterfowl ponds from freezing and keeping your poultry supplied with fresh water. Looking for advice – we are in the north so we do [...]

What Causes Curled Toes In Poultry?

| March 31, 2010

I have been asked what cause curled toes in poultry and waterfowl chicks. Curled toes is when the chick, keet or duckling is born with toes or feet that are curled up. This can be caused by a number of things: Curled feet can be genetic and due to inbreeding. It’s only safe to breed [...]

Tips If You Have Splayed Legged Chicks

| March 26, 2010

I received a couple of tips if your chicks have splayed legs that I thought would be useful to share. “Its my opinion from many years of hatching, that getting the splayed (spraddled) legged chick on 1/8 inch wire as soon as possible will correct most chicks with this defect. Keith” “My wife has cured [...]

Foxes Spotted Near Farm

| January 19, 2010

This morning my husband and I spotted 2 foxes in the field opposite our farm. It was about 8am when we saw them. The foxes seemed to be following each other. The lead fox didn’t seem to want the other fox to follow. After about 5 minutes the fox that had been following retreated behind [...]

Snow Stops Play, Poultry Play!

| February 12, 2009

Late this morning it started to snow and the snow began to settle pretty quickly. My poultry were out free ranging and I knew that my guinea fowl would not like snow and would eventually fly up into the trees to roost so that they didn’t have to walk in thick snow. So I dashed out to [...]

Chicken Penpal

| September 12, 2007

Farming Friends Chicken Penpal is a penpal scheme that enables the penpal recipient to learn about chickens in an interesting way. At a cost of only £12 the Farming Friends Chicken Penpal will receive; An introductory letter from the chicken penpal. A photograph of the chicken penpal. A birthday card from the chicken penpal. A Christmas card from the chicken penpal.   Buy the Farming Friends Chicken Penpal [...]