Archive for March, 2008

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Cold Hatching Eggs

I have just written a comment on this one then also have had 2 emails with a similar question so i will add to the blog. - I have collected hatching eggs but they have got cold overnight to 2-3 degrees, are they any good? Well to be honest no, your fertile eggs are badly [...]

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Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I have children so what are the best chickens to keep?

Ok, thanks for this question. Almost impossible to answer so I will give my answer using my experience. If you are keeping chickens please remember they are prey animals so always a bit flighty. What I have found (my own personal observation not proven in science) is the larger the breed the calmer the bird. Hence why I [...]

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Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I am only keeping 3-4 chickens what Poultry House is best?

Hi, we offer 2 poultry houses I would advise. We offer the silkie chicken house or the sussex poultry house these are also our most popular chicken houses. Although there is little price differnce the sussex chicken house is the newer design and with the wider poultry house we find that chicken health and egg numbers are [...]

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Monday, March 17th, 2008

Chick Bedding

Hello Amanda, Thankyou for your question. To be honest we have tried everything and without a doubt we recommend an horse bedding called Easibed for chick rearing and for chicken houses. It is highly asorbant and the birds enjoy turning it over. Dust extracted shavings would be second best but start very thin and build [...]

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Sunday, March 16th, 2008

What Chicken House do I need?

There are many things to consider but the first 2 things for long term success don’t buy a chicken house with a felt roof as red mite could become a major problem, you will not be able to control the red mite if they breed under the felt. The next consideration is cleaning of your [...]

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Sunday, March 16th, 2008

How do I care for newly hatched chicks?

A very common question, especially on hatching day
When your eggs pip in the incubator you should have your brooding / rearing area ready. In a brooding area you will need a brooder lamp, chick feeder and drinker.
When your eggs hatch in your incubator I advise leaving them in there for about 24 hours with [...]

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Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Which is the best Candler for the eggs I have?

To be honest it is what I would consider a very important part of incubating eggs, if you own an incubator then you should really have an egg candler. The reasons for this is one of enjoyment so you can actually watch the little chick developing inside the egg and I must be honest with you, this [...]

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