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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.


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!


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?

holding cock bird

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.

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.

F1 Offspring

Sex-Linked Crosses and their Offspring

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.