Welcome to Poultry Keeper

Tim Daniels

Welcome to our hobby site. Created over the last 7 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, you will find something of interest here! Don’t forget you can subscribe (see right!) to receive a digest of new articles at the end of each month by email.

Tim Daniels.

Summer 2015

After a cold spring, we finally have some warm weather. With it, there has been the usual explosion in the red mite population in our chicken houses. As summer progresses, you can expect egg laying to slow a little and birds to drink more during warmer weather. Together with panting, drinking water is the way our birds keep cool (they can’t sweat) so they benefit from water containers being kept in the shade as well as having access to shade themselves.

Grass needs to be kept about 3-4 inches long. It is very nutritious in the spring but as it gets longer and more woody, it can cause crops to get blocked. Short grass also allows ultraviolet light from the sun to kill many pathogens and worm eggs in droppings.

Here are some article suggestions for summer. 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. Here are the latest show reports and photos we have received. If you have a show report, results or a few photos then please get in touch with me.

Visit our Poultry Show section for more information on showing poultry and don’t forget our Poultry Events Calendar for forthcoming shows and other events.

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.