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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:35:46 PM
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All you need to know about chicken keeping and more.

A chook house should provide chickens with a place to sleep and a place to lay eggs. It should offer protection from the elements, predators and vermin.

Feeding your chickens quality feed is the best way to achieve healthy, happy, productive hens

Having good poultry housekeeping and management of your flock can go a long way to avoiding a lot of common problems.

It is very important when keeping poultry to be aware of how the pecking order works within a flock.

It is perfectly natural for heritage hens to go broody.

Buying in hatching eggs (fertile eggs) is the most economical way of starting or adding to your existing flock.

Chicks can either be hatched out in an incubator or under a broody hen or purchased as day olds from a breeder. Day old chicks should be kept indoors in a heated brooder (if you have no mother hen) until they have their feathers, about 4-8 weeks depending on weather conditions.

We have been growing on our heavy breed cockerels for some time now and processing them for the table.

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This classic breed is a brilliant all-rounder: great layer, excellent table bird (cockerels) with striking looks and friendly temperament.

The buffs look equally as elegant as the lights and are as well marked in their gold attire

Gorgeous mahogany speckled girls with all the lovely sussex characteristics.

The ever popular plymouth rock with its big personality and docile friendly temperament is another firm favourite.

Their gorgeous, deep, mahogany red colouring together with their amiable nature make them a great backyard choice.

Their looks, character and distinctive white, elongated eggs make them a delight to have foraging in our backyard.

We love our gentle giants.

This Chilian breed is unusual not only in looks but also lays bluey-green coloured eggs.

The leghorn girls are slender, athletic ladies, sprightly in nature and keen to explore.

Our gorgeous polka dot hamburgh girls!

These little ladies have big personality, striking plumage and are prolific layers.

The perfect feathered family pet

Our white silkie girls are a comical delight with their boffie hair doos and matching fluffy jump suits!

This wonderful breed is a delight to behold; with their classic face muffling, feathered legs, gentle natures and big personalities.

Aloof ladies in their honey coloured attire.

If you are after lovely brown eggs then this attractive Dutch breed will lay them for you.

We love our wyandotte ladies. Classy young girls looking racy and sleek before they mature out to be curvaceous laced hens of standing and character.

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The golden pheasant is one of the most popular of all pheasant species kept in captivity.

The golden pheasant is one of the most popular of all pheasant species kept in captivity.

These stunning birds originate from south western China and northern Burma.

These silly clowns are comical to watch with their 'one brain many bodies' mentality!

Our muscovy patrol are the best bug control you could ask for!

Picture perfect plumage and characters to match

It is the most popular commercial duck breed in the United States

The silver pheasant is a species of pheasant inhabiting the forests of mainland Southeast Asia and eastern and southern china.

Know as the common pheasant, the ringneck pheasant is the striking bird we see out in the paddocks or on the roadside.

Peafowl have been kept in captivity for many centuries and have been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek history.

The white peacock makes an impressive show displaying to the peahens

They love to sunbathe in the midday sun snoozing with a wing fanned out only moving an eye to see what we are doing!

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Everything about the history and what a rabbit is!

Rabbits come in all shapes and sizes so choosing the right breed is important.

All you need to know about looking after and caring for your bunnies.

Look for easy care housing with a dry, draught free house and plenty of hop room.

Help and advice on meeting your rabbits’ basic dietary requirements and what food is safe.

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