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Archive of posts filed under the Poultry category.

Bantam Hen v Blackbird Hen

Today was a great day to work in the garden and my birds are certainly very lively and frisky. There is plenty of spring activity going on and it is clear that the breeding season is well upon us. I was clearing a patch of ground  that the birds had really messed up and, of […]

Skerries GIY – Talk on Keeping Chickens

I was delighted to have been asked by Skerries Grow It Yourself (GIY) to speak to their group recently about keeping backyard chickens. About 25 enthusiasts turned up at Joe May’s on the Harbour Road and I would like to thank them for their attendance. There was a lively discussion after my talk about keeping […]

Unlucky Ducks

I was delighted to have bred my Ailesbury ducks during last autumn and had seven additions to the flock – four drakes and three ducks. However, I soon discovered that over half an acre of garden is far too small for so many ducks – 11 including the original four. In no time at all […]

I Could Watch These Chicks All Day

The oldest chick is now about a week old and we are up to six birds hatched at this stage. There are a further six eggs unhatched, so we could end up with 12 birds in all, with about two weeks between the oldest and the youngest. The hens are swapping duties between minding the […]

Beware The Angry Mother Hen!

I was really pleased to find a third bantam chick in the coop when I came home from work this evening. Another lovely little ball of fluff. As you can see in this video, the bantam hens are very protective and one of them attacked both me and the camera as I filmed the birds. […]