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.
Integrating hens is one of the most stressful times of chicken keeping. Caring for poorlie girls aside, it is the one thing that keeps me awake at night.
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’.
This week saw a lifelong dream come true with the publication of my first ever book. Combining my two great loves – …
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.
Writing a first blog post is almost as hard as writing that all important first sentence in a letter or an essay. I have spent the past week undecided whether to just jump in and start waffling or explain a little of my seemingly incurable chicken madness (which I prefer to call eccentricity!). I plumped for the latter:
Just as spring begins, we have yet more freezing weather and some snow. My routine changes slightly in the snow to care for the birds extra needs.
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 …