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Our free range chickens are hand reared from day olds. Visitors may handle our youngest birds in the farm shop - under adult supervision - during a visit to the farm.
Free range eggs (straight from our chicken houses) are available daily in the farm shop. Being so fresh our eggs will comfortably last 6 weeks, although we can only tell you they are good for 28 days.
Point of Lay (POL) Chickens
Breeds ~ Goldline, Isawarren, Shaver Black, Shaver Brown, Speckledy, Bovan Brown, Rhode Rock, Pied Ranger
Buying Chickens - if you would like to buy POL chickens please come in the late afternoon (from 4pm). When you reach home, your chickens home will be thinking about roosting for the night. They will therefore settle in your chicken house just that little bit better than if moved earlier in the day.
If you feel like giving us a call - 01793 780 555 - to let us know you are coming, that would be great. We can then ensure a member of staff is available to help you choose your birds.
Domestic Poultry Keeping ~ Produced by MJ Hodgkins
The domestic poultry of today are usually ‘hybrids’ which are bred for their ability to convert food into eggs more economically than their pure-bred ancestors.
Providing a few simple requirements are adhered to, the beginner should nave no trouble in obtaining 75-80% production for many months.
It is undoubtedly better to give poultry as much room as possible. If the house or run space, or both, is too confined this can quickly lead to boredom, bullying, feather pecking, egg eating etc.
For 6 birds, we suggest a minimum house size of 4’ x 4’ (1.21m x 1.21m) plus an outside run of approximately 50 ft2 (4.65 m2). This run will invariably become muddy and, if a permanency, should be covered with gravel or regularly strawed. If the house is of sufficient size the birds can remain in during very wet weather.
The floor of the house should be well littered with wood shavings, straw or some friable material to make for easy cleaning. Hay should not be used except to line next boxes. A perch should be provided 18”-2’ (46-60 cm) above the floor, allowing about 9” (23cm) width per bird.
Nest boxes approximately 10-12” (25-30 cm) square and raised above floor level should be provided in the ratio of one to every 3/4 birds. These should be situated in the darkest part of the house where there is no direct sunlight.
The most essential point here is not to waste food which means using the correct sort of feeder, preferably a hanging tube type, not an open trough. For maximum production birds should be fed ad lib on layers mash or pellets 100-130 gms (3.5-4.5 oz) per bird per day. If any corn is fed, not more that 14 gms (½ oz) per bird per day. All feeding should be done inside the house.
Water & Grit
As an egg is made up of about 65% water it is most essential that the birds have fresh water in front of them at all times.
Birds also need access regularly to mixed grit, sharp flint for digestion and oyster shell for extra calcium.
A Few Points to Remember