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Tim Daniels

moulting hen pin feathers

The Moult and Animal Protein

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.

rubbing diatom onto perches

Red Mite Returns (again!)

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks on holiday in France to come back to a coop full of red mite. What else would I want to do on a bank-holiday weekend? (I can think of lots of things). This is how I’m tackling them…

male and female comb and wattles for sexing chicks

Sexing Chicks

This week, I am sorting the boys from the girls from my last hatch and there’s always a chance of getting it wrong!


Light Sussex Chickens

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.

veronica mayhew

Desert Island Poultry Books

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.

candling egg photo

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.

preparing grass seed

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’.


Ventilation in Chicken Houses

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.


Spring Snow

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.