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Prepare for Winter

Early in the month while there is a higher chance of fair weather, check the forecast and look for a couple of dry days, use these days to paint your wooden coop in preparation for the winter weather. You can give a waterproof finish to the exterior wood using any sort of fence paint, most […]

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If you’re going away on holiday you’ll need a Chicken Sitter!

It’s not just about collection of eggs as many sitters might think. If you are away for a week or longer, some cleaning will probably need to be done. Spend time to show the chicken sitter how you normally do things. As summer is the most likely time for red mite to strike, use plenty […]

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A Beginners Guide to Keeping Poultry

Keeping chickens is really quite easy providing you do your homework and get the right equipment. If you’re trying to decide if keeping chickens is for you, read on. Benefits of keeping chickens Delicious, freshly laid eggs with stunning orange yolks! They feast on garden pests such as slugs and snails, providing organic bug control. […]

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Out Fox Mr Fox

Your priority this month is to make sure the fencing surrounding your run/coop is in a good state of repair, because from now until early autumn Mr Fox is busy looking for his chicken supper. Cubs are also learning to hunt on their own right now and most likely to pay your chickens a visit […]

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Hello again – Thought about keeping Ducks?

So, it’s been a very long time since our last blog here at the Poultry Centre and we have decided that seeing as keeping poultry is getting even more popular all the time that you may all benefit from a bit of help and advice, as well as being kept up to date with new […]

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6 Frequently Asked Questions about Keeping Chickens

I’ve been looking after chickens at the Bell Plantation since I was 14. Now at the age of 22 I thought I would answer a few of the most common questions people ask me when they come in to get started with chickens.   6 Frequently asked questions about keeping chickens…… 1. Do you need […]

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How to get the best eggs from your birds

As the days get longer your birds will start laying more eggs so here are a few things to help you capitalise on this. 1. Feed The one thing which can directly influence the quality of the eggs your birds produce is the food you give them; it directly effects egg production, egg size, shell […]

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5 Top Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Safe and Warm This Winter

1. Mind the Mud If your birds have feathery feet then you need to make sure that they are on a clean well drained surface, as they can become infectious if not cleaned. Chickens can also get balls of mud build up over their nails. To ensure your birds nails will not be harmed these […]

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