Deep litter method for chicken coops

chickens have many uses: therapy, eggs, tillers, comedians. The list goes on. But I recently discovered a new purpose for them. It starts in the year 2016; a new run had been built at theurbanhens and everything was shiny and new then winter came. Mud, misery and muck the only solution was to lay down …

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Refrigerating eggs ; good or bad and why?

It's a common sight in uk supermarkets to see egg boxes stacked on shelves but in American it's likely they are refrigerated. This is because eggs in the uk haven't been washed. Its good practice to not wash eggs but in certain circumstances you may need to such as if they've got some mud or …

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Surviving snow with chickens

Over the past few days England has been battling the "Beast from the east" but more so the hens are battling the snow. Its typical as in my February blog I said how the days were getting a tad warmer yet now we're facing snow. So here's a few tips on surviving snow with chickens. …

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All about egg binding

Hens can get eggs stuck inside their vent this is referred to as egg binding or egg bound. If not treated within a couple of days the hen may die therefore poultry keeper have to perform a procedure to successfully pass the egg if they don't have access to a vet. Sometimes young egg layers …

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Installing the omlet feeders

Today I decided to put the omlet feeders to good use. I got them for Christmas in the year 2016 but haven't used them along with other bits and pieces of the cube run since we modified it for Lyra when she went broody. Lyra brooding her chicks in the eglu go with a modified …

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3 ways to tell if your pullets are laying eggs

Spring is fast approaching and you may be wondering if your pullets you hatched or purchased last year are beginning to lay or even have started laying their first eggs. The face features become darker This is the most obvious sign of a pullet coming in to lay or laying. Usually cockerels at six weeks …

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January update 2018

Winter slowly winds down into spring but still there is no sign of yellow daffodils or the humming of bees but snuggled away in the playhouse coop sits gremlin as she lays her first egg! During this month she's laid roughly 12 eggs but unlike a usual silkie she's not broody yet but I'm secretly …

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Lighting your chicken coop

Eggs may decrease during winter this maybe because they are moulting or because their hormones are naturally stopping them from laying throughout winter. Hens need daylight to produce lots of eggs because the light simulates their endocrine which gets all their glands working inside their ovaries but a young flock of birds can easily lay …

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The perfect chicken house

It's the key to success in poultry alongside good husbandry the coop to house your chickens is likely where they will spend most of their time in and a badly built coop is a recipe for disaster. So what makes a good coop here are some key point I will go over Space The soft …

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