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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.