Grass Seed for Poultry

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’.

Creating a Poultry Orchard

Poultry Orchard

The winter is a good time to plant trees so I have been creating a traditional ‘poultry orchard’ to provide my birds with shade and our family some fruit in the future.

The History of Aylesbury Ducks

History of Aylesbury Ducks

The white Aylesbury is, and deservedly, a universal favourite. Its snowy plumage and comfortable comportment make it a credit to the poultry yard, while its broad and deep breast and its ample back, convey the assurance that its satisfaction will not cease at its death. In parts of Buckinghamshire, England, this member of the duck […]

Vaccinating against Avian Influenza in Holland

Vaccinating against Avian Influenza

Summer 2006 and our 23 geese and 4 chickens are vaccinated….at last. It could have been done sooner, but we wanted the goslings to be vaccinated as well. We were told that according to the European Union we had to wait until 1st July, when our goslings were old enough. They had to be seven weeks […]

The Best Way to Dispatch a Chicken

I have used the neck dislocation method successfully for years when a bird has been suffering and needed to be dispatched, but when I was researching to write the article on this method, I thought I would see whether this was the best way to dispatch a chicken at home and whether I should be […]

How to Blow an Egg

Decorated Frog Egg

If you want to keep an egg (shell) indefinitely or decorate an egg for a special occasion such as Easter, you will need to know how to blow an egg. By blowing an egg, you are removing the contents so that it doesn’t go off, leaving the shell intact except for two small holes at […]