On Sunday, I packed my photography gear and a pair of my best ducks and headed off to the British Waterfowl Association’s 27th National Championship Waterfowl Exhibition held at Moreton Morrrel near Warwick.
There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you get a good supply of eggs and store them correctly before they reach your plate.
Up to 3 weeks old, ducklings should be fed waterfowl starter crumbs or unmedicated chick crumbs. You can start them off the day after hatching by sprinkling a few crumbs on the floor of the brooder near a feeder that they will eventually use. They won’t usually start eating during the …
There are two species of quail that are commonly kept in the U.K. The Chinese painted quail is popular in aviaries and is the smaller of the two, but the Coturnix or Japanese quail (shown below on the right) is more popular for producing eggs or meat with smallholders and …
Quail are becoming more popular to keep for their delicious eggs but if you would like to increase your stock levels or sell hatching eggs, there are a few tricks to ensure you are getting good levels of fertility. The optimum temperature to keep a breeding pen is around 21°C. …
Quail eggs weigh in on average at just 12 grams (compared to around 60g for a hens egg). They are enjoyed by most hard-boiled in salads and are eaten in a small mouthful. If you enjoy quail’s eggs then you might be tempted to keep a few quail to be …
The British Waterfowl Association (BWA) will present its 27th National Championship Waterfowl Exhibition on Sunday 26th October 2014 at Moreton Morrrel near Warwick. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to view hundreds of ducks and geese as well as receive advice from BWA members.
Between June and July, there are lots of young fox cubs learning how to hunt and during this time, they are testing my electric fence, on the look out for a cheeky chicken snack!
This practical, full colour book, is ideal for the complete beginner. Even someone who has never kept animals before should be able to follow the clear, detailed guidance that is given at every stage.
Blackhead is a very old disease of poultry caused by a tiny single-celled parasite called Histomonas meleagridis. Blackhead is usually carried by the harmless caecal worm ‘Heterakis gallinarum’ but it may be transmitted directly between birds.
There is a lot of marketing, promoting eggs that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, but do you know how to get your hens producing rich omega-3 eggs?
It’s that time of year again when chickens go into moult. This signifies the end of the laying period and can be quite alarming the first time you see your hens almost ‘oven-ready’ but there are a few things you can feed to encourage quick feathering.
A condition that sometimes, although not often occurs in domestic poultry is botulism. It has been seen in chickens, turkeys, pheasants and peafowl. However, for the backyard poultry keeper it should not represent too big a concern providing good standards of hygiene are kept.
Have you ever been tempted to rehome some ex-batts but didn’t know where to start? This little book is written especially for the new or prospective ex-batt owner, providing the information you need to confidently care for your own little flock of ex-commercial hens…
This week, I am sorting the boys from the girls from my last hatch and there’s always a chance of getting it wrong!
My Light Sussex hens are looking a little ‘worn out’ feather wise after having been mated over the past few months. I have been taking a look at some of the photos I took in the spring when they were looking so much better.
It gives me great pleasure to have Veronica Mayhew providing a guest post for my blog this month. Veronica has been selling antiquarian poultry books and memorabilia for over 30 years.
I never seem to tire of incubating and hatching chicks, it’s always an amazing moment seeing chicks emerge from their shell and start peeping. My current batch of Light Sussex chicken eggs are 8 day into incubation and this week I have been candling them.
It has been a sunny bank holiday weekend (for a change) and I have been re-seeding part of my poultry run with a special grass seed for poultry called ‘diverse poultry mix’.
Whilst we tend to think of ducks as being bulletproof in terms of disease there are a few deadly conditions that can infect them. One such disease is Riemerella. The disease is caused by an organism related to Pasteurella called Riemerella anatipestifer.