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Your Smallholding is our new website which combines three of our farming titles; Practical Poultry, Practical Pigs and The Smallholder

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  • Bee keeping in the winter – preparing for the new season

    Bee keeping in the winter – preparing for the new season

    3rd December 2019

    Caption -Leave metal excluders outside in the cold weather to turn the propolis brittle and make it easier to remove. Place on a flat surface before scraping with a hive tool being careful not to distort any of the gaps…

  • Pigs in winter

    Pigs in winter

    11th November 2019

    Pig protection pointers Michaela Giles offers some practical hints and tips on how best to help your pigs through the coming winter, and advises keepers to act now! It’s sometimes hard to distinguish between the seasons in the UK, but…

  • Cattle – watch out for surge of head flies from mid-July

    Cattle – watch out for surge of head flies from mid-July

    17th July 2019

    Press Release from COWS – Control of Worms Sustainably in cattle – July 2019 Farmers are warned to look out for the annual emergence of head flies (Hydrotaea irritans) from around mid-July, as these are a major source of annoyance…

  • Hens – egg production drop off

    Hens – egg production drop off

    14th July 2019

    Paul Donovan gives his slant on the reasons why your hens may suddenly have stopped laying We take it for granted that when we keep hens, they should be like a conveyor belt churning out egg after egg, day in,…

  • Perfect presents for chicken lovers

    Perfect presents for chicken lovers

    3rd July 2019

    Taking inspiration from the beauty within the Modern Game breed,  Laura Mackean’s designs manifest themselves as a range of different items including but not limited to: coasters, images, artwork, bookmarks, cushion covers, bags etc. Being from a creative and animal-loving…

  • Cooped up on enjoying a break?

    Cooped up on enjoying a break?

    1st July 2019

    Janice Houghton-Wallace says make sure poultry have space and are cared for when you’re away on a break We are fast approaching the holidays, with children off school and the family jetting off for a break. If you keep poultry…

  • Keeping quail in the garden

    Keeping quail in the garden

    27th June 2019

    The diminutive quail can produce large amounts of decorative and edible eggs Quail were once wild in Britain and are a member of the pheasant family. Because they are very small, they can be kept in small areas but they…

  • Poultry Q&A

    Poultry Q&A

    26th June 2019

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  • Silkies

    Silkies

    14th June 2019

    Over the past decade, the Silkie has  probably been the most successful poultry breed  in Great Britain The Silkie makes a great ‘back garden’ bird, although its profuse and fine feathering means muddy, wet conditions will pose problems The dedicated…