Before the Backyard – a concise history of the chicken part 2

Last time we took an overview of the early evolution of the chicken as we know it today however this time we will take a step backwards. Chickens weren’t always chickens, at least not the way we think of and see chickens today or even a couple of centuries ago. The humble chicken today is …

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Before the Backyard – a concise history of the chicken part 1

The origins and early evolution of the domestic chicken  Ever since I first got involved with chickens I’ve been fascinated by them, not just the chicken we see today, but also how we got to the chicken we see today. I knew from my own relatively short history on planet earth that chicken breeds and the concept of ‘chicken’ to the …

Poultry keepers urged to be vigilant of Newcastle Disease

DEFRA Press Release 25/7/18 Cases of Newcastle Disease reported in smallholder flocks and commercial poultry sites in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg Poultry keepers across the United Kingdom have been urged to be vigilant of Newcastle Disease following reported cases in flocks across Europe. Recent cases in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg have led to Animal and Plant Health …

Stock Types

Like most livestock or pure breeds of animal, they are frequent sold according to a level of criteria they meet, and in this respect chickens are no different.   Show Quality Stock By definition, an example of a breed that is deemed as being of show or exhibition quality is a bird that exhibits all …

Egg producers urged to be ready to protect from ‘year round’ bird flu threat – Farming UK News

Last year I predicted this threat could well become a reality in terms of keeping birds indoors and under cover for 6 months of the year. I didn't want to imagine it could become a year round issue. There will be some tough decisions and tough times ahead for backyarders, the Fancy and poultry shows …