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How To Keep Chickens Warm In The Snow

Published on March 02, 2015 by Penny Roberts in Chicken Care

Chicken in the snow

It’s March and snow has arrived in North Yorkshire again. Not a huge amount, but enough to turn things white. It all looks very pretty of course, and my son wants to go sledging (sorry Charlie, it’s no way deep enough for that). But my thoughts are about my chickens and how to make sure they are warm enough.


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It’s Curtains For My Chickens!

Published on May 19, 2014 by Penny Roberts in Chicken Care

It’s Curtains For My Chickens!
A few weeks ago I wrote about how some of my chickens had got into the naughty habit of eating their eggs. Often this behaviour is stimulated by a calcium deficiency in a chicken’s diet.
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How To Stop Chickens Eating Their Own Eggs

Published on April 02, 2014 by Penny Roberts in Chicken Care

How To Stop Chickens Eating Their Own Eggs
I've recently found a lot of eaten eggs in my next boxes when I've gone to collect the eggs. My chickens all have plenty of grass, food, oyster shell grit, protein and water - so it's not because they are hungry! 
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How Chicken Moulting Affects Egg Production

Published on November 26, 2013 by Penny Roberts in Chicken Care

Chicken Moulting
As the colder weather approaches, most chickens stop laying their eggs. This is due to the reduced daylight hours. Chickens need around 14 hours of daylight per day to lay eggs regularly. But in winter they only see around 8 hours of daylight, which is insufficient to complete the egg production cycle.
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How To Treat Scaly Leg In Chickens

Published on August 12, 2013 by Penny Roberts in Chicken Care

How To Treat Scaly Leg In Chickens

Recently I noticed that 5 of my 22 girls appeared to have scaly leg mite.

None of my flock has had this before, so I decided to act quickly to prevent them from all becoming infected with this nasty, irritating little mite. They get under the scales of a chicken’s legs and gorge away, which has the result of lifting the scales away from the leg. They can also attack the wattle, where you may see little black dots and in some cases spots of blood.

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