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Treating Scaly Leg Mite






What is scaly leg? Scaly leg is an infestation of a parasitic mite Cnemidocoptes Mutans. They burrow under the scales of bird’s legs and feet. This causes the scales to raise, creating a thickened, lumpy appearance with white growth. Scaly … Continue reading

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New Housing Coops






We are in the process of upgrading our coops. The coops originally supplied have served their purpose and were largely very sturdy in construction, they did however let some of the worst weather seep through the sterling board and the … Continue reading

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Smokey






A little gold Wyandotte bantam cockerel named Smokey has lived a long and happy life. He had great looks, a super little crow unlike any other male and a lovely warm personality. His lovely dapper gait and the supreme gloss … Continue reading

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Fraser – The Co-pilot of the Lohmann Browns






Fraser was a rather handsome Silver Laced Wyandotte bantam cockerel, who’s main concern in his later years was looking after the many females of the Lohmann Brown flock. He has been with us for over 7 years and has assisted … Continue reading

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Solitaire a Belgium Bantam






Solitaire arrived to us via the Royal Mail, as a hatching egg from Ebay. I remember ordering some Brahma hatching eggs, she was the only egg that hatched. The chick didn’t look quite right for a Brahma, for a start … Continue reading

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Individual Personality Traits






Chickens are very sociable, having friends and enemies, show self-awareness, can memorise over one hundred faces, can count and what’s more express emotions like grief, fear, anxiety, frustration, friendship and boredom. Don’t you just love the many personality traits of … Continue reading

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Spring Fever






As far as our birds are concerned spring has sprung! Our males are jumping on almost anything that moves, so jackets (saddles) are essential on certain favourite girls. The saddles we are currently using come from the United States. They … Continue reading

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Chickens & Rats






Chickens and rats always seem to go together, where there are hens for any length of time rats are sure to be. It’s the prospect of free food that is the magnet. Where you store the feed is important. All … Continue reading

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Slaughter of the Innocents






Today Thursday 13th November, 2014 has been a day I’d rather forget! We left the house for only a brief spell and returned to total carnage. It was time to scrub and refill the hens drinkers, all 18 or so. … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Guineas






This tale begins on a sunny Sunday afternoon back in August 2013. The lovely weather was being enjoyed by all the birds, many of whom were prostrate in various positions about the garden. Looking around I noticed something in the … Continue reading

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