Author: Tim Daniels

A poultry orchard with geese
Keeping Geese

Creating an Orchard for Poultry

Traditionally, in Europe, people kept poultry in orchards. Chickens and waterfowl would eat insects and fallen fruit, and geese would keep the grass short. Droppings helped provide nutrients for the trees, and the trees provided shade, shelter and safety.

Chicken Guard Automatic Chicken Door
Keeping Chickens

ChickenGuard Automatic Chicken Door

The ChickenGuard is one of the latest automatic chicken door opener/closers. In this Equipment Focus, I test the Chicken Guard Premium model on one of my chicken coop doors.

Raising-Ducklings
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Ducks

Raising Ducklings: A Complete Guide

Raising ducklings at home is relatively straightforward. They are more tolerant to disease and with the right equipment, are easier to brood than chicks; however,

Selling Hatching Eggs
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Chicks

How to Sell Hatching Eggs

How to sell hatching eggs online. What can you earn? Where are the best places to sell and what guidelines should you follow? Includes tips for buying eggs.

Setting Up Incubator
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Chicks

Setting Up Your Incubator

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

Hatching eggs with a broody hen
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Chicks

Hatching Eggs with a Broody Hen

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.

Feeding Chickens
Keeping Chickens

Feeding Chickens

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

How to Clean Eggs for Incubation
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Chicks

How to Clean Eggs for Incubation

Do you need to clean hatching eggs? Experts disagree on whether it is necessary. I only wash very dirty eggs. This is how to clean eggs for incubation.

Worming Chickens Guide
Keeping Chickens

The Ultimate Guide to Worming Chickens

This in-depth guide will tell you everything you need to know about worming chickens. Most of the general information also applies to other poultry.

Storing Hatching Eggs
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Chicks

How to Collect and Store Hatching Eggs

We often take great care of incubation, trying to get as many chicks to hatch as possible, but how much attention do we give to

Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickens
Keeping Chickens

Apple Cider Vinegar For Chickens

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.

Incubation Humidity
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Chicks

Incubation Humidity

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.

Red Mite
External Problems

The Ultimate Guide to Red Mite

This in-depth guide will tell you everything you need to know about red mite, how to identify them and more importantly, how to control them.

Candling Eggs
Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Chicks

Candling 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.

How to tell if eggs are fresh
Keeping Chickens

How to Tell if Eggs are Fresh

You may have bought some eggs, and they have expired, and you are unsure of their freshness or, if you have free-range chickens like me,

Magpie
Poultry Predators

Magpies – Stealing or Eating Eggs

The magpie is a very distinctive black and white bird that comes from the Corvidae family. Unfortunately, they can be trouble for poultry keepers. Magpies will steal chicken’s eggs and even kill chicks and young birds if they can get to them.

Omlet Chicken House
Keeping Chickens

The Ultimate Guide to Chicken Houses

The ultimate guide to chicken houses, exploring features you will need to keep your chickens happy, healthy and safe from predators in their coop.