Tag: keeping chickens

Feeding Mixed Corn to Chickens

Mixed corn is to chickens what chocolate is to many humans. Irresistible! My girls would be very happy if I stopped giving them layer’s pellets and instead allowed them to gorge on mixed corn from dawn to dusk. But, sadly like chocolate, corn should only be fed as a treat. Perhaps that’s what keeps it special!

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Red Mite Control Advice

Much as we chicken keepers enjoy the summer months the warmer weather is not without its problems. Possibly the biggest and most irritating, to hens and their humans, is the invasion of the red mite.

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Keeping Chickens – A New Dobies Range

Many Dobies customers are now keeping chickens and so we’re launching our own range of everything both needed and wanted. We can provide a one-stop-shop solution, supplying everything from housing and bedding to electric fencing, feed and incubators. The only thing we don’t currently supply are the chickens themselves but we’re working on that, so watch this space!

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brown rescue hens feeding

Herbs for Hens

Longer days mean that those of us lucky enough to be keeping hens in our gardens and on allotments will be seeing an increase in egg production.  Unfortunately, the warmer weather will also see an increase in harmful insects, mites and lice but the herbs you are growing can be a natural helper.

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Chickens are not just for Christmas!

brown rescue hens feeding

My birds in the early 1990s – brown ‘rescue’ hens and rare breeds I reared
from hatching eggs. (I kept the one handsome cockerel – not a necessity; he was just rather special!)

Walking down the garden to let out the hens this morning, I again contemplated their advantages to the gardener as well as the cook. Eggs from your own hens bear no resemblance to shop-bought eggs – as anyone who buys my surplus regularly will testify. Supremely fresh, with golden yolks and oh, such taste. They are like they are because of the garden. I’ve blogged before about our hens, but haven’t offered tips on their benefit to the garden, nor cautioned the beginner as to potential problems which you should consider before buying hens for yourself, your children or grandchildren.

 

 

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