Currently browsing category

Blog, Page 2

Our blog shares some of our experiences with poultry and offers some tips along the way.

Preparing for the Breeding Season

Preparing for the Breeding Season

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.

Candling Chicken Eggs

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.

Botulism

Backyard bias & the botulism risk

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.

Egg-yolk

Egg Yolk Colour

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.

History of Aylesbury Ducks

The 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, …

The Chocolate Orpington

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 …