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UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

Nigel Gibbens, the Government Chief Vet, announced on Wednesday that the UK has now met international requirements to declare itself free from Avian Influenza, although he reiterated earlier calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease, as there is a real and constant threat as it continues to circulate in […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

A hen charity which has saved more than 570,000 birds from slaughter is celebrating being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. The British Hen Welfare Trust is one of five charities to be shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced on 21st September. Further good […]

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Eggs can be different sizes, and different colours, but you would expect them mostly to be egg-shaped. However, that’s not always the case, and Terry Beebe explains why. Laying eggs is a normal process for hens, and not laying is indicative of a problem, which should be investigated. Exceptions are during the moult and in […]

Keeping Pygmy Goats

Keeping Pygmy Goats

                            Christine Fuller from Kent Smallholders Group passes on her experiences of keeping pygmy goats, describing her first encounters as well as giving some valuable dos and don’ts for anyone considering keeping them. Our first goats were ‘pygoras’ – pygmy goats crossed with an angora goat. Their names were Lillie and Rosie, and they […]

All your Electric Poultry Questions Answered Here

All your Electric Poultry Questions Answered Here

If you’ve not worked with electric netting before setting up a new system can appear daunting. But there is lot’s of help and advice available and the systems in use now are safe and easy to install. We’ve asked the experts at Electric Fencing Direct to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about […]

How to make Cider Vinegar

How to make Cider Vinegar

There are always some free apples for the taking in autumn, writes Elizabeth McCorquodale, whether from wildings, community orchards, or through social media sites like Freecycle, and making up a batch of apple cider vinegar is a cheap way of acidifying soil or making your own spot weedkiller. You can of course use it for […]

Living with a Septic Tank

Living with a Septic Tank

If you move away to your perfect country idyll, it’s highly likely that it will have a septic tank. Heidi M. Sands ‘steps in’ with a layman’s explanation of the system and the ‘dos and don’ts’ Like a lot of people with an older property, we live with a septic tank. What this means is […]

By February 23, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

Invertebrate charity, Buglife, is dismayed that the National Farmers Union (NFU) is ignoring the compelling evidence that neonics have damaged wild bee populations and has again asked Defra to temporarily lift the EU-wide ban on using neonicotinoid seed treatments on insect pollinated crops. There is abundant scientific evidence that neonic seed treatments do not consistently […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Pig Feed

Pig Feed

As part of our series on animal nutrition, Jo Montague, BSc (Hons) and animal nutritionist for Marriages Feeds, looks as the nutritional requirements of pigs, and offers some timely tips on winter husbandry. This post complements our post by Jo on What to feed Chickens to keep them Healthy. Just as they face problems at […]

By February 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Log Cabin Checklist

Log Cabin Checklist

Do you want a log cabin on your land? Do you dream of a rural retreat, maybe some holiday homes or an annex? Whatever the reason log cabins seem a perfect solution. Here is our checklist of the top 10 things to consider before signing on the dotted line provided by Nick Forrester, MD of […]

By February 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

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