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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 →
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to make a Chicken Coop

How to make a Chicken Coop

Terry Beebe engages in a little DIY to create a useful multi-purpose coop to house a couple of birds, provide a backup for a broody with chicks, or even an introduction or isolation pen for new or poorly birds See also: chicken-housing how-much-does-it-cost-to-keep-chickens   Whether you are starting with chickens or just increasing your flock, […]

By February 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
An Introduction to Keeping Geese

An Introduction to Keeping Geese

Many of us who keep chickens might feel a little intimidated by the slightly more aggressive reputation of geese, but this would be a mistake and a missed opportunity, writes Terry Beebe  See Also Goose Breeds Over the last few years more and more chicken keepers have found that they would like to expand their […]

By January 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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