Welcome to Poultry Keeper
A hobby website for backyard poultry enthusiasts
Hello and welcome to our hobby website, run by a small group of enthusiasts, including me, Tim Daniels, located in Herefordshire, UK. Poultry Keeper is 13 years old, and our aim has always been quite simply to provide the best source of information available online for backyard poultry enthusiasts.
We constantly update and improve 500+ articles and guides on the website and add new pages monthly. I hope we can help inspire you in our fantastic hobby, and you will bookmark our website for future use.
Spring is here, and as the migratory season ends, there are unfortunately still some bird flu outbreaks. We must keep our birds in their houses with covered runs and strict biosecurity measures.
With the longer days, birds are laying again, and the breeding season is underway. However, with significant challenges keeping birds this year, soaring feed prices, and a cost of living crisis, many people have reduced numbers or even quit the hobby.
Still, these matters are minor when we look at the world news. Our thoughts are with our friends and fellow poultry keepers in Ukraine. We stand with you wholeheartedly. This website has blocked all access from Russia, and we ask everyone to declare your support for the people of Ukraine, who continue to resist an unprovoked Russian invasion.
We are animal lovers, and we would like to highlight the work of Nova Ukraine’s Animal Rescue efforts.
As temperatures rise in the spring, poultry worm eggs start to mature and hatch. It’s a good time to use a worm egg count kit to check whether your birds need worming.
I still find it incredible that a fertile egg can develop into a chick in just 21 days!
Foxes are feeding young
One of the challenges of keeping birds safe while foxes are out feeding their cubs is being home in time for dusk to lock up.
The ChickenGuard automatic chicken coop door saves me a lot of worries if I’m not home in time to lock up. I reviewed it in my ChickenGuard Automatic Chicken Door article.
A complete fertiliser and an excellent source of organic matter, composted chicken manure provides you with a valuable commodity for your garden.
During the spring, poultry worms start to increase in numbers as the temperature holds above 10°C. It is a good idea to have a plan for springtime worming.
I have been giving Apple Cider Vinegar to my chickens for many years, and combined with good husbandry, I have seen a positive difference in my flock’s health.
Our chickens are productive pets and will lay a good number of eggs for us, so you may want to sell your surplus eggs at
If you are considering breeding chickens for sale or expanding your flock’s size, then one of the most rewarding ways to do this is by
I rate some of the chicken coop bedding I have used, from wood shavings and straw to shredded paper and cardboard, and even some of the specialist poultry bedding like Easichick and Auboise.
Incubating & hatching this spring?
A step-by-step guide to hatching eggs with a broody hen. Selecting the right breed and setting up a broody coop for her to incubate fertile eggs.
Raising chicks that were hatched in an incubator. How to set up a brooder and heat lamp or panel to care for chicks hatched at home in easy steps.
Feeding chicks when there is no broody hen to take care of them and what you can feed in an emergency if you run out of chick crumbs.
Success using an incubator isn’t guaranteed, especially with some of the cheaper models available. Getting good results at hatch time won’t just depend on your
What is the correct incubation humidity for hatching eggs, and how do we measure it? How to get the right humidity for chicken, duck, goose & quail eggs.
What will you see candling eggs? Pictures and videos of candling chicken eggs at 7 & 14 days of incubation and a useful air sac development chart.
Breed in focus: The Wyandotte
This time it’s the turn of the Wyandotte to be updated from a breed page to a breed in focus page! Grant has done a fantastic job of sharing his immense knowledge of this breed to expand and update our Wyandotte page.
Keeping your chickens healthy:
Domesticated chickens, especially modern hybrids, are fantastic egg layers; however, this performance increases nutritional demands, so how we feed our chickens has never been so
What are the best laying hens for eggs – Hybrids or pure-breeds? Anne looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the two and makes some
The ultimate guide to chicken houses, exploring features you will need to keep your chickens happy, healthy and safe from predators in their coop.
Although a chicken’s needs are fairly basic, getting the right kit can make life so much easier for the owner.
Jeremy Hobson looks at some ways of building chicken runs to give your chickens space yet still keeping them free from danger.
Looking after chickens is relatively easy, but like all animals, they still need care and consideration. Follow these ten steps to looking after chickens, and
Keeping a few domestic ducks in the garden is growing in popularity. In this beginner’s guide to keeping ducks, I will cover all the basics you’ll need to consider before getting ducks.
This article provides information about feeding ducks: specifically domestic ducks. That is, pet ducks kept in gardens or smallholdings.
Ducklings and Goslings will follow the first moving object they find after hatching. They treat it as their mother. So even if it’s a large man with a big hairy beard, he becomes ‘mum’!
This beginners guide to keeping geese will take you, step by step, through the basics of keeping geese, whether you are wondering whether geese are the right choice for you or if you have already purchased your geese and want to learn more.
One of the easiest ways to incubate and hatch goose eggs can be to leave it up to a broody goose. Not all breeds are good mothers. Heavier breeds can be quite clumsy and better at breaking eggs than sitting on them, but many lighter breeds will sit the term, hatching and raising their young.
Providing you can give sufficient space, adequate ventilation and security from nighttime predators, a goose house need not be complicated. In this article, Mo provides the low-down on housing geese.