- ADD…two peeled, slightly crushed garlic cloves into chickens’ water to boost immunity
- CHECK…the coop thoroughly for evidence of red mites – they hide in even the smallest cracks and crevices
- GROW…salad leaves on windowsills to provide hens with greens year-round
A cockerel’s courtship dance, when they make chattering noises and drop food, is called ‘tidbitting’?
- GROW…wheat on a windowsill or in an airing cupboard – chickens love the sprouted seed
- TURN…over the ground in fixed runs, apply disinfectant and add fresh bark
- MAKE…an all round tonic using dried seaweed to promote health, increase egg yield and darken yolk colour
- Make a scarecrow, spray it with perfume and place it by the run to deter the foxes
- Boil and mash potato peel, mix with oats, bran and cod liver oil to keep chickens warm
- Check hens’ vent area for small and straw-coloured lice; if you see them, use louse powder
Chickens are omnivores. They eat fruit, seeds, vegetation, insects and even mice and frogs
- Place drinkers on a bed of straw and out of prevailing winds to prevent water from freezing
- Deep-litter the coop in winter by adding fresh straw on top of droppings to generate heat
- Add some perches to the run, enabling the chickens to rest off the cold floor
Chicks listen to their mother while still in the shell, so they understand her sounds when they hatch
- Provide extra shelter from the elements with a beach windbreak
- Clear up any spills in the feed store and make sure there is no damage from pests
- Visit The National Poultry Show, one of the biggest exhibitions of fowl in the country
Sunday 12th October 2014 saw Hollywater Hens join the crowds at the famous Blackmoor Apple Tasting Day in Hampshire.
Thousand of visitors attended and in total just under £10,000 was raised for local charities – a great achievement.
- Check coops for leaks and fix stiff hinges or locks before winter
- Ensure perimeters of runs have no breaks, which predators could penetrate
- Create a dust bath by filling a plastic box with play sand or dry compost for use when the ground is damp