Why do some chickens lay brown eggs and some white?

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Fri, 06/22/2018 - 16:15

What is the difference between the white, brown or any other coloured egg for that matter? It was one of my customers for eating eggs, as opposed to hatching, that asked me this morning after she had a look in the carton and was surprised by some really dark maran eggs and some green cream crested legbar eggs. As a new convert to farm eggs she had only seen store eggs which for her have been a dark cream colour.

Why keep chickens in urban backyards?

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:00

Why do people want to keep backyard chickens in small town houses in urban areas?

Urban chicken keeping has as many vocal advocates as it does determined opposition. For every individual who wants to keep his own hens there will be an unrelenting character somewhere.

People want to keep their own chickens because it provides them with fresh and tasty eggs on tap from birds they know have been well treated. There is also the amusement factor of having new pets about the place.

New chick care.

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:48

So how do you care for young or newly hatched baby chicks?

Chicks are delightful, fluffy, adorable and hard to resist but baby chickens are very sensitive to their environments and require proper care in order to grow into chickens. They will need a dry, draught free safe and sturdy brooder and more space as they grow. Quality chick crumb in troughs and fresh water in shallow dishes is needed at all times as well as a few inches of suitable bedding and some amusement to prevent boredom.

The Coop

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:11

What the importance of the chicken coop?

A chicken coop, whether new, used or self-build, is an important investment which will help you maintain your birds in good condition, providing an environment which stimulates healthy laying conditions. It will likely be much more expensive than the birds it holds and with a little care and forethought it will serve you well. In practical terms it should provide shelter from the wet but be well ventilated and be capable of keeping predators at bay.

I cannot keep the chickens after incubating the eggs.

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/06/2018 - 16:23

Incubating chicks and watching the hatch is a fascinating and beautiful thing to witness, however, things get a bit trickier if you discover you cannot keep the chickens after incubating them.

There may be a few reasons they can't stay with you:

1. There are cockerels in the hatch and your ordinances don’t allow you to keep boys.

2. You had a really good hatch and have too many.

Chicken Breeds

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Sat, 03/10/2018 - 15:03

Chicken breeds, the ultimate guide

Chicken Breeds Classification:

A breed is a specific group of animals, in this case chickens, having homogeneous appearance or phenotype. Having characteristics or behaviours that distinguish it from other organisms of the same species. 

Breeds are formed through genetic isolation and either natural adaptation to the environment or selective breeding, or a combination of the three.

There are only two sizes of fowl. Large Fowl (L.F) and Bantam. 

About

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Sat, 03/10/2018 - 15:01

My name is Neil and I keep about 300 chickens of 22 types in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Pennines of Yorkshire, England. 

one of my flocks of chickens

All the pictures you see on this site are taken by  me of my own hens or my friends flocks and used with their permission.

I have found an escaped or abandoned chicken, now what?

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:54

So you have found a dumped chicken or a bird has appeared in your garden, now what.

So you have found an abandoned chicken and you haven't got an idea of how to look after it. This will tell you what you need to know on how to look after it for the time it is in your care and some ideas of home to re-home it quickly and safely.

these two chickens have been dumped in my fields recently

Can Chickens Fly?

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:18

Can chickens fly?

Yes. Most chickens can fly but not far. I have around 300 chickens across 22 different breeds at the moment and some will whilst some won't. They fly to escape predators, roost at night and to make their foraging easier. All chickens except the naked necks have a full complement of feathers and most will use them at some point. Silkies are the only chicken that can not fly, they are missing the stiff quills in the middle of their feathers.

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