Welcome to Poultry Keeper

Tim Daniels

Welcome to our hobby site. Created over the last 8 years, we have over 600 articles from numerous contributors and many useful resources for the hobbyist interested in keeping chickens, ducks, geese, quail, Guinea fowl or turkeys. Whether you are a beginner or have been keeping backyard chickens all of your life, I hope you will find something of interest here!

After our fair share of snow and cold weather this winter and spring, we’ve finally turned a corner! As I write this in May, my first hatch is under way (much later than planned) and the runs are starting to dry out. Having moved to Herefordshire, I underestimated the time I would need to give to getting set up again so I didn’t hatch anything last year so it’s going to be very special for me (and my children) this year.

The website had to take a back seat for a while with everything that has been going on surrounding our house move (DIY SOS). We’ve recently updated and re-organised our Forum (with a lot of help from our long-term moderator ‘Marigold’ who deserves a medal). I urge you to take a peep sometime. Marigold has gone through 9 years of posts and organised them into sub-categories and removed any out of date information, leaving the gems of wisdom for you.

Coming up!

This year I’m planning a new duck pond so watch out for the inevitable ‘how to’ articles. I’m also going to buy a cheap garden shed and convert that into a chicken house. I’m researching both of these at the moment and have some trips to view other people’s handy work coming up so expect to be able to show off the results this summer… watch… this… space!

Spring

Here are some article suggestions for the spring. You can also Tweet to @poultrykeeper and use the hashtag #pktips for seasonal poultry tips!

New to Keeping Chickens?

If you are new to the wonderful (and productive) hobby of keeping backyard chickens or just thinking about getting started then you have certainly come to the right place!

Here are some suggestions for the newcomer:

Click here for more article suggestions to help beginners.

Keeping Ducks & Geese

Toulouse Goose headIf you’re thinking of adding some domestic waterfowl to the back garden or allotment, then you may find our sections on keeping ducks and keeping geese useful.

Contrary to popular belief, domestic ducks and geese do not need a pond (they only spend 10% of their time on water) so a plastic tub refilled daily is sufficient for them to be content.

Geese are useful for keeping grass short and alerting you to unwanted visitors but ducks really are the ultimate environmental slug control on any vegetable patch!

Here is a taster of what we have in our sections on ducks and geese:

Poultry Breeds

Domestic poultry breeds come from a standard that tell us how a breed should look. In the UK we have the British Poultry Standards and the British Waterfowl Standards. There are other standards around the World though – the European Standard, American Standard of Perfection and Australian Poultry Standard.

If you are considering which breed to keep, want to learn more about the breeds or just browse through some photos then our breed pages should help:

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Poultry For Sale

Our database of poultry for sale lists over 300 breeders in the UK and Ireland. A map also helps you to locate breeders nearby.

Entry to our breeders database is free so if you breed and sell poultry on a small-scale, you can be included.

Poultry Shows

If you’d like to meet some like-minded people and pick up some tips whilst seeing some of the best birds in town, then there’s no better place to go than a poultry show.

Visit our Poultry Show section for more information on showing poultry and don’t forget our Poultry Events Calendar (mostly UK) for forthcoming show dates and other events such as poultry auctions.

Poultry Diseases & Disorders

Sadly poultry do get ill from time to time, so in our poultry diseases and disorders section we have a number of articles to help you learn about potential problems you might face and have included a large sub-section on a very common problem: red mite.

Here are a few popular articles from our poultry medication, health supplements and poultry diseases sections:

If your birds fall ill, I would recommend you contact a vet that specialises in poultry. Our Poultry Vets Database (UK and Ireland) is a good starting point to find one in your area.