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