It’s that time of year again, when you are or thinking collecting eggs for incubation. This is one of the most exciting times of the year, no matter how many years you have been hatching fowl, and it makes little difference how old you are as it is always a learning experience.
Selecting Hatching Eggs
To begin with you need good hatching eggs. Try not to use dirty eggs and if needs be gently buff clean and maybe actually wipe down with a sanitised cloth to reduce the likelihood of contamination. Stay clear of eggs that are misshaped, fine cracks etc. Generally poor quality eggs will lose too much moisture (cracks and thin shells), be infertile or be contaminated. If the eggs are precious and there is little choice, what sometimes works is a little nail polish directly on the crack, as it seals it up, but only a little as it will close up the minute breathable pores also. Read More
In September, Chicken Vet welcomed two new veterinary practices to its network of Associated Practices. To become an Associated Practice, a resident vet must have attended one of our monthly CPD training courses. Run by our team of poultry experts, the course gives a comprehensive look at backyard poultry health and husbandry and provides vets with greater knowledge and expertise when it comes to treating your chickens.Read More
A Smallholder Directory client has launched a new service for chicken keepers. The Cosy Hen Company, near Usk, in South Wales, says that the rise in popularity of keeping chickens has created demand for a boarding service while owners are away from home. Chickens need to be fed and watered, have their bedding changed and be kept safe from foxes. Neighbours can sometimes do this, but it’s a lot to ask, especially when it rains, or the owners are planning an extended trip abroad.Read More
Preparing for your rescued hens
There’s very little that beats the feel-good factor of using your own produce to prepare meals for yourself and your family, especially when that includes going out to the garden and gathering eggs from your own chickens – and it’s a double feel-good factor when those eggs are gathered from re-homed commercial hens that have been saved from a trip to the abattoir.Read More