Lets face it, most chickens look the same; they are either a brown or a speckled bird with little or no intelligence. They lay eggs and you eat them on a Sunday. OK, so perhaps for those of us who do actually have an interest in chickens this is not …
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.
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!
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?
This month, I am extremely pleased to welcome Jeremy Hobson to our blog. Jeremy is the author of numerous poultry books and magazine articles about poultry keeping which have taught me so much over the years.
Although Jeremy may be no spring chicken himself, (Jeremy’s words not mine…!) here he suggests some ways of preparing for and ensuring healthy, early, chicks from your breeding stock.
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.
After a recent post about sexing chicks, I mentioned a little bit about sex-linked crosses. I’m certainly no expert on the subject, but I do know a man who is!
I have great pleasure in welcoming Grant Brereton, poultry genetics expert as this months guest blogger who is going to answer some questions he has been sent on sex-linked crosses and their subsequent offspring.
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’.
Just how much of a risk do backy poultry keepers really present the poultry industry? They are a molehill in the mountain range of food production but perhaps it’s time their traditional techniques were engaged and explored and not battered when surrounded by industrial practices that contain so many question marks.
As the weather starts to warm up and I open the vents up on my chicken houses, I realise that this has to be one of the most important factors of any chicken house design.
The chickens are laying well again, despite the exceptionally cold weather for this time of year. I have been providing them with an additional handful of mixed corn to keep them warm and started to think about yolk colour.
This week, I find the reason my chickens have stopped laying is due to them carrying roundworms. I moved my chickens into their new runs at the end of last year and had treated them with Flubenvet wormer as I always do around October / November time. I treat my …
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 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, …
The Chocolate Orpington is a relatively new colour of Orpington and currently to my knowledge only exists in bantam size although I’m sure it won’t be long before they are crossed into large fowl. The choc gene responsible for the chocolate colour was discovered by the late Dr. Clive Carefoot …
One of the main attractions of the Marans breed (and please note they are ‘Marans’ after the town in France not ‘Maran’) is the dark chocolate brown colour of the eggs. As a utility bird, both the colour and the quantity of eggs are important and it is relatively easy …