Chicken Keeping: 10 tips for winter

With the promise of a harsh winter around the corner it’s worth reminding ourselves of some of these handy hints and tips

ChickenStreet

Winter for any animal can present its challenges and it’s no different for chickens and the keepers of chickens. Providing the optimum conditions for your flock is essential and whilst they may not be laying at this point of the year effort still needs to be invested in their upkeep so they can start the new laying period in prime condition. Here’s 10 tips to help when you are out and about with your flock

1.         Ventilation in the house is essential for your poultry throughout the year so don’t be tempted to block up every hole in the house in the belief it will keep the birds warm when the wild weather comes along.

2.         Bedding and litter should be of an adequate depth to provide a level of insulation but don’t be tempted to stuff the house full of straw thinking it will create a cosy house.

3.        …

View original post 311 more words

What about plastic housing? – a head to head with the market leaders – Part 1

Some years ago I wrote an article about this new-fangled plastic poultry house I just been sent to try out. I recall at the time thinking there was potential in the idea, there were limitations too, however I could see the value in using them particular for the back garden keeper with a flock of …

3,500 chickens could face the chop as adoption bid falls on deaf ears | Burton Mail

It is reporting like the article below that really does annoy me somewhat. Firstly there is no law stating they have to be destroyed at 72 weeks (you wouldn't be able to rehome them if there was) . Secondly, the destruction (or depletion as it's referred to) is simply because the hens are no longer …