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Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

So far the H5N8 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed at a commercial game farm in Lancashire, at two separate poultry farms in Lincolnshire, and in backyard flocks in North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire. Restrictions remain in place in Wyre, Lancashire (the most recent outbreak confirmed on the 16th of January), and in East Lindsey […]

Feeding Chickens to Keep them Healthy

Feeding Chickens to Keep them Healthy

This article, by Jo Montagu, BSc (Hons), nutritionist for Marriage’s Feeds, considers the dietary requirements for your chickens and we think this is possibly the most comprehensive guide to feeding your poultry you will find on the web. There are many different poultry feeds available on the market today. With vivid packaging and ranging costs, […]

By January 4, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe. I heard him interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme immediately after the 7 o’clock news, and his attitude was calm and relaxed, although he was emphatic about concerns for the UK poultry […]

Looking After the Chicken Coop in Winter

Looking After the Chicken Coop in Winter

  Firstly a warning. Shabby chic and chickens coops do not go, says Terry Beebe. So don’t be tempted to think that decaying collection of timber that once was a poultry ark and is now a green, rotting mass of wood is in anyway suitable for housing livestock. It’s not and should be taken to […]

By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Benjamin Crosby  of britannicararebreeds.co.uk considers the prospect of making a living from keeping rare breeds, and looks at alternative ways of doing so where profit may prove elusive Making a living from traditional and rare breeds is a dream that many try to realise. Although a few succeed where circumstances are favourable, most will find […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Keeping Orpington Chickens

Keeping Orpington Chickens

Terry Beebe looks at the Orpington breed of chicken, a breed that came from Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rocks created by William Cook in 1886. It is one of the most popular and attractive, soft feather, heavy breeds, which is bred as a utility bird for both meat and eggs. It is also a popular […]

By September 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

See also: Butchering your own lamb A viable self-sufficiency checklist It will come as no surprise that small and independent family farms face considerable difficulties, and a major new independent study commissioned by The Prince’s Countryside Fund into the future of such businesses across the UK has revealed a steep decline in numbers since the […]

Building a Chicken Coop Extension

Building a Chicken Coop Extension

John Butterworth calls this extension that he added on to his chicken shed a ‘henservatory’. It’s a very simple lean-too-extension that goes on the side of a chicken hut. Instead of shutting the birds away at night, the pop-hole can safely be left open, so they can wander in and out at will, and still […]

Keeping Ducks

Keeping Ducks

Whilst keeping chickens in the garden is popular once more keeping ducks on the same basis is often considered far more difficult yet, as Terry Beebe explains, you don’t need a huge pond or land to keep them and in many instances they are proving to be better and more reliable layers than chickens, more […]

Keeping Native Breeds

Keeping Native Breeds

Benjamin Crosby looks at why it might be wise to sacrifice a little production for the relative ease of keeping hardy native breeds which often thrive on foraging in the British environment. Native breeds are those created solely in Great Britain. There is a great, often overlooked, selection to choose from, and a breed for […]

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