Posts Tagged ‘bantams’

Poultry housing part2

Person Author: Pam Thompson Calender June 21, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment 1 Comment

Further to my last blog post on how to build a cheap and excellent chicken house, I thought I'd cover some more options and give my opinions on them. So here are some things to consider. Firstly, and obviously important is how much space do you have and where is it to be sited? Will they have a run attached or will the house only be for sleeping and egg laying. Then you have to think about how easy it is to clean. Obviously, if it is low on the ground, cleaning it will involve bending down or even kneeling on the ground. If cleaning is awkward or difficult, the temptation might be not to do it as often as it should be done. The ark type coops seem to be popular but aren't a great design. The sloping sides mean that the edges of the ark cannot be used by the birds. They will only have a

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So you want to keep chickens?

Person Author: Pam Thompson Calender June 15, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 3 Comments

Once you've made the decisions to keep a few chickens, you have a lot of things to think about before you go out and buy them. The first thing you need to consider is the amount of space you have available to house them. Often, you'll see advertisements for hen houses and coops, and the seller will state that it is for up to X number of birds. Ignore the number as the seller will be operating on getting the buyer to think that the house is spacious. His calculations however will be based on the number of birds which can be crammed together on a perch. You need to be thinking about how to give your birds the best accommodation and not "what is the minimum I can get away with". Over the coming weeks I hope to be able to give the budding poultry keeper information, tips and advice about poult

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