Quick Tip – Checking for Red Mite

Just in case you are wondering how to check for red mite

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Ok, the web is littered with commentary on red mite and how to deal with it. The crux though in my experience is catching it early. Spot it early on and you have half a chance of defeating it…. let it go unseen and you will rue the day, and so will your chickens.

If you are new to chicken keeping then you may not yet have encountered the poultry keepers Nemesis, the Red Mite. You may however have read all about it and have a good grasp of the pain in the proverbial it can be but unless you have actually witness the cigarette ash like droppings they leave, or that microscopic tickle as they crawl over your arm or through your hair, then you might well not know whether mite is there or not.

So grab a handful of drinking straws, tie them into a bunch and then…

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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

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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.

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It’s a Family Affair – The Family Cup August 2015

A sneaky bit of bowling news in and amongst the poultry….

Whittington Cricket & Bowling Club

Sunday 9th August, the sun was shining and the green was like glass. It looked likely that a yard wood would be a good one as the Family Cup kicked off. (Unseeded doubles with the only proviso being “you ‘ad to be family”)

The prelims saw new club members Ryan and Anna earn a worthy 13 against equally new Mike and Anitas 21. Ray and daughter Elly reached 21 first against Roger and Peter, whereas the Humphreys husband and wife partnership of Graham and Helen saw off Grandad and Grandson Brian and Daniel to 16. Wenna and Ian Chalmers fought hard against Ju and Rainey in a Mr & Mrs match but, despite a brave come back from 20-8 down, the Chalmers ran short on luck losing to 19 in the end.

With the next round starting (and those who had a bye taking to the green) the clever money…

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Not so frosty…

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I’m frequently asked about whether chickens are ok with low winter temperatures and whether coops should be insulated or not. Chickens however are surprisingly hardy creatures despite originating from jungle fowl. They generate a significant amount of heat when roosting and providing the house has sufficient shelter but also sufficient ventilation they will survive the UK winters. Just take a look here, -5c overnight and can you guess where the roosting perch is in this house which has 4 bantam owlbeards within it?

A bit of a give away...

A bit of a give away…