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Reading Bantam Show 2015

The Reading and District Bantam Society Championship show was held last weekend (21st-22nd February) and I was thrilled to have been there for the first time to take some photos.

moulting chicken

Time for the Annual Moult

It’s mid-September and the chickens are in the middle of their annual moult. This is the time they take a rest from laying eggs and need a little extra care and attention.

Fox

Foxes and chickens don’t mix!

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!

omega-3-eggs

Free Range for Omega-3 Eggs

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?

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!