Groninger Meeuwe

Uses: Exhibition. Eggs: Number / year?? Colour??. Origin: The Netherlands. Weight: Cock: ? Kg. Hen: ? Kg. Bantam: Cock: ? g. Hen: ? g. Colours: Gold and Silver Pencilled, Citroen, others?. Useful to Know: Non-Standard Breed. Not standardised by the British Poultry Standards. Photo: Silver Pencilled Goninger Meeuwe owned by S.A. Mills. Groninger Meeuwe Chickens […]

Federation Poultry Show 2015

Federation 2015

Last weekend Rupert and I visited the Federation of Poultry Clubs’ Championship Show or “The Fed” as it’s called by most to take photos of some of the prize winners. The Federation 2015 had over 7000 poultry & waterfowl in more than 1450 classes, it’s one of the biggest in the country and is always […]

National Poultry Show 2015

National Poultry Show 2015

Once again, I had the pleasure of visiting the Poultry Club of Great Britain’s National Poultry Show 2015 which was held at the International Centre in Telford. With nearly 7000 entries and 500 sales pens, it’s one of the biggest poultry shows in the country and a highlight of the year. I visited with poultry photographer and […]

Worm Egg Count Kit for Chickens

Worm Egg Count For Chickens

If you don’t want to use a wormer indiscriminately or need reassurance that a herbal product is working, then a Worm Egg Count Kit could be the answer!

British Waterfowl Association National 2015

British Waterfowl Association National 2015

As always, it was a pleasure to visit the British Watefowl Association National Waterfowl Exhibition held at Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire last Sunday 1st November. This has been an annual date in my diary to see some of the best domestic waterfowl in the UK, together with a chance to catch up with friends, old and […]

Time for the Annual Moult


It’s mid-October and the chickens are in the middle of their annual moult. This is the time they take a rest from laying eggs and need a little extra care and attention.

Bird Flu 2021: Advice for Backyard Chicken Keepers

Bird Flu UK

Avian Influenza, or bird flu, is an infectious virus that affects many species of birds, including chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. There have been many outbreaks worldwide, including here in the UK, The winter of 2020-21 saw us housing our free-range birds for nearly four months! This page offers basic advice to backyard poultry keepers about bird […]

Point of Lay Chickens

There is always confusion over the term ‘Point of Lay’ (POL) used by breeders and others selling pullets (a pullet being a female chicken under the age of a year). Point of lay is often a bit vague. It’s a term that’s used to describe a pullet that is approaching the point where she will […]

Hybrid Chickens

No. of Eggs  4.5/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Utility – eggs / meat and as pets.Origin: Crosses between pure breeds or other hybridsEggs: Hybrid layers: usually more pure breeds.Weight: Various – layers are usually light, fast maturing with good feed conversion. Table hybrids are heavy to provide a good carcass in a short time so are […]

Goldline Chickens

Cross: Multiple but Rhode Island Red would have been used. Eggs: 300+ Brown Eggs. Useful to Know: Bovans Goldline is the name of a commercial strain of hybrid hen produced by Joice & Hill Poultry Ltd. The Bovans Goldline was produced after many years of genetic research and is used on farms in the UK […]

Feeding Domestic Ducks

Feeding Ducks

This article provides information about feeding ducks: specifically domestic ducks. That is, pet ducks kept in gardens or smallholdings.

Norfolk Grey Chickens

No. of Eggs  3.1/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Dual Purpose Utility / Rare Breed.Origin: Norwich, UK. Eggs: 150 – 220 Tinted.Weight: Cock: 3.2 – 3.6 Kg. Hen: 2.25 – 2.7Kg.Bantam Cock: 900g Hen: 680g.Colours: Black with Silver White hackles.Useful to Know: An active forager and good egg layer. Cockerels have the ability […]

Rhodebar Chickens

No. of Eggs  2.8/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Utility – eggs and meat. Origin: UK.  Eggs: 180 to 200. Weight: Cock: 3.85 Kg. Hen: 2.9 Kg. Bantam: Cock: 1020 g. Hen: 790 Kg. Colour: Red with fine buff barring. Useful to Know: The Rhodebar is a rare utility bird and if bred correctly, a good strain should be capable of producing up to […]

Sebright Bantams

No. of Eggs  1.1/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Exhibition / Ornamental. Origin: England.  Eggs: 50 – 80 white. Weight: Cock: 620 g. Hen: 510 g. Colours: Gold, Silver. (Standardised UK). Useful to Know: A true Bantam, one of the oldest British varieties. Difficult to raise and are highly susceptible to Marek’s disease. Some strains suffer with low fertility. All feathers are […]

Serama Bantams

No. of Eggs  2.2/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Exhibition / Ornamental / Pet. Origin: Malaysia. Eggs: 80 – 160 brown to white. Weight: Bantam Cock: Up to 500g, Hen: Up to 500g. Colours: Any colour or combination of colours. Useful to Know: A true bantam. Any colour or combination is allowed according […]

Thüringian Chickens

No. of Eggs  2.5/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Exhibition and Rare Breed Conservation. Origin: Germany. Eggs: 140 -180 White per year. Weight: Cock: 2 – 2.5 Kg. Hen: 1.5 – 2 Kg. Bantam Cock: 700 g. Hen: 600 g. Colours: Black, Chamois Spangled, Gold Spangled, Silver Spangled (Standardised UK) Buff, Blue, Cuckoo […]

Vorwerk Chickens

No. of Eggs  2.6/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Attractive, economical utility birds. Origin: Hamburg, Germany. Eggs: 160 – 190 cream / tinted. Weight: Cock: 2.5 – 3.2 Kg.Hen: 2.0 – 2.5 Kg. Bantam Cock: 910 g. Hen: 680 g. Colour: Black head, hackles and tail. Buff body and wings. Useful to Know: […]

Welsummer Chickens

No. of Eggs  3.5/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Dual purpose utility – meat and eggs.Origin: Welsum, Holland. Eggs: 200 – 250 red-brown.Weight: Cock: 3.2 Kg.Hen: 2.7 Kg.Bantam Cock: 1.02 Kg, Hen: 790 g.Colours: Red-Partridge, Silver Duckwing (Standardised UK), Silver, Golden (both rare and only exist in Germany).Useful to Know: UK Standard has […]

Yamato Gunkei Chickens

No. of Eggs  0.3/5 Easy to Keep?  3.5/5 Uses: Originally Cock Fighting, now exhibition. Eggs: 5-20 white or tinted. Origin: Japan. Weight: Cock: 1.8 – 2.7Kg, Hen: 1.35 – 2.25Kg. Bantam Cock: 1130g Hen: 910g. Colours: Black, Black-red (with wheaten / partridge females), Duckwing, Blue, Ginger, Splash, Spangle, Cuckoo, White. Useful to Know: Not a beginners bird. Yamato Gunkei do not […]