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Looking After Hens with Special Needs

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

  The most obvious birds with special needs are re-homed birds via the British Hen Welfare Trust or similar, which may never even have seen the outdoors prior to their retirement from the commercial world, but I have tried to deal with the question of combining different birds, dealing with particularly nervous birds and keeping […]

By January 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
BHWT Rehoming Day

BHWT Rehoming Day

Back in 2009, in the relatively early days of Home Farmer, I spent time with Adele Hall, the Trust’s regional co-ordinator for the northwest and the gang of volunteers on one of their rehoming days. Prompted by a call-out from the BHWT who want to get more co-ordinators I’ve revisited the article I wrote as […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
Auto-sexing

Auto-sexing

Terry Beebe looks at how you tell the sex of a chick and explores the curious and slightly confusing world of auto-sexing and sex-linked birds, and looks at a familiar bird with this useful characteristic – the Cream Legbar. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/common-poultry-problems/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-a-chicken-coop/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/know-your-hybrid-chickens/   The term ‘auto-sexing’ describes when pure-bred, day-old chicks can be […]

Common Poultry Problems

Common Poultry Problems

Terry Beebe, author of The Healthy Hens Handbook gives some practical advice on what to look for if buying new stock and keeping an eye on your poultry’s health See also: old-cures-for-poultry-ailments chickens-with-dirty-bums/   Whether you are new to keeping chickens or already have some experience, it can be difficult not to get caught out […]

Keeping Chickens on Allotments

Keeping Chickens on Allotments

Andrew Homer considers the pros and cons of the allotment for any wannabe chicken keepers limited by space See Also: How much does it cost to keep chickens Looking After Chickens   With chicken keeping increasing in popularity, and back gardens seemingly becoming smaller with every new build, keeping a few back-garden chickens can, for […]

By February 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Pick up Chickens

How to Pick up Chickens

Terry Beebe explains the importance of handling your birds properly and regularly with confidence, so that they feel both safe and secure See also: Ten Bits of Advice to New Chicken Owners Looking After Chickens   Many chicken keepers find it difficult to catch and hold their birds, but if you keep chickens there will […]

By February 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Know Your Hybrid Chickens

Know Your Hybrid Chickens

Many of the Hybrid Chickens which populate our gardens today, including the familiar ISA Brown, were developed by combining the individual strengths of a number of pure-breed birds.Terry Beebe explains. See Also: Why Chickens Lay Coloured Eggs The Secret Life of Chickens Best Chicken Breeds for Laying Eggs Hybrid Chickens The hybrid chicken has been […]

By January 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ten Bits of Advice for New Chicken Owners

Ten Bits of Advice for New Chicken Owners

Old hand Terry Beebe offers ten bits of advice for new chicken owners. See Also: What to Feed Chickens Best Breeds for Laying Eggs How Much Does it Cost to Keep Chickens 1           EGGS The number of people keeping chickens has increased phenomenally – we love our fresh eggs and the fact that we know […]

By January 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Chickens with Dirty Bums

Chickens with Dirty Bums

Terry Beebe kicks off his series on poultry ailments looking at the causes, symptoms, prevention and cure of chickens with dirty bums. When you are checking your birds you may occasionally notice that one or more has a ‘dirty bum’. This is usually a white fouling around the vent area feathers, but it can also […]

By December 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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