Poultry Worms

From time to time your chickens will get worms, and I don’t mean the juicy kind they find in the garden. I’m referring to intestinal worms. Eek! Poultry worms are a common occurrence, especially if your flock free range frequently. I realise this is a gross subject, but if you keep chickens then you really should swot up on…

Do Chickens Get Colds?

A respiratory infection in chickens (also turkeys) caused by mycoplasma gallisepticum bacteria is often incorrectly referred to as a cold. Mycoplasma is a common illness in winter and at times of stress, it is contagious and transmitted by wild birds, footwear, clothing and feeding equipment. The first time chickens succumb to the infection the symptoms will be…

How to Introduce New Chickens to a Flock

There’s no going back once you’ve caught the chicken keeping bug. Apart from the obvious reason why people decide to keep them, chickens are great company, fun to watch and seriously addictive. With so many breeds and pretty colours to choose from (don’t forget the many rescue hens needing homes too), it’s so tempting to bring home a couple more. However, adding…

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter

Healthy chickens are quite hardy during a typical UK winter, even so, it pays to have some knowledge on caring for chickens during the colder months. Here are my tops tips for keeping your feathery friends happy: Combs and wattles are susceptible to frost bite damage during freezing weather, smear with Vaseline to prevent this from…

Allotment Chickens

Well, they’re sort of allotment chickens. Let me explain. I don’t house my chickens on the allotment, they live in my garden for a couple of reasons. Firstly there really isn’t enough space to keep chickens on my allotment, the site is tiny compared to others with just 33 plots in total which are compact…