Creating an Orchard for Poultry

A poultry orchard with geese

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.

ChickenGuard Automatic Chicken Door

Chicken Guard 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: 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, if we try brooding ducks in the same way, then with their love of water, they can soon make a mess! In this guide, you will learn all you need […]

Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

Child with Chickens

Over the years, I had many people come up to me asking whether I was ‘the chicken man’… After explaining that I kept chickens, they would say that they had been thinking about getting a few hens and wanted some pointers… I produced a few typed sheets for them, and this was how this beginner’s […]

How to Sell Hatching Eggs

Selling 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 Your Incubator

Setting Up 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 incubator’s performance; the way you set it up and check your measurements are important too. This article aims to help you set up your incubator to get the best possible […]

Hatching Eggs with a Broody Hen

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

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 important. To keep our chickens healthy and productive, they will need to receive the correct balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet. They also limit their intake according […]

How to Clean Eggs for Incubation

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.

How to Collect and Store Hatching Eggs

Storing 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 getting the most viable eggs beforehand?     This article will tell you how to collect and store hatching eggs correctly before incubation using an incubator or broody hen. Before we […]

Apple Cider Vinegar For 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

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Red Mite

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

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

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, you might find a nest full of eggs where your cheeky hens have been laying for a while without you knowing! I have found nests in sheds, hedges and even […]

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Chicken Houses

Omlet Chicken House

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

Northampton & District Poultry Club Spring Show 2016

Northampton Spring Show 2016

Well, for the Club’s second Poultry Club of Great Britain Regional Show, held on Valentine’s day 14th February 2016, the love of poultry keeping was certainly in the air with a Valentine theme for the day. The show had a total entry of 675, made up of 555 birds and 120 egg entries. Joining us […]