Practical Poultry

  • Poultry housing measures to be lifted

    Poultry housing measures to be lifted

    25th April 2022

    Plans have been announced to lift poultry housing measures across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 2 May 2022. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone mandatory biosecurity measures will remain in place for all birds. The mandatory housing measures for poultry…

  • Plastic housing

    Plastic housing

    16th March 2022

    Plastic hen houses have been around for a number of years now, and the debate about their suitability rumbles on, however, there’s a steadily growing number of chicken owners who have opted to switch away from wooden structures in favour…

  • Wooden housing

    Wooden housing

    16th March 2022

    Inside • Perches should be higher than the entrance to nest boxes to prevent your chickens from roosting in the nest boxes. Allow at least 8” of perch space per bird for large fowl, slightly less for bantams. Thickness is…

  • At a glance: Choosing chickens

    At a glance: Choosing chickens

    16th March 2022

    Six birds or three? It’s far better to start with fewer birds and keep things easily manageable as you find your feet. Also, lower numbers will place less pressure on your house and run areas.  Keeping the numbers down to…

  • Charity urges people to think twice about hatching chicks

    Charity urges people to think twice about hatching chicks

    1st March 2022

    The BHWT is urging people to think twice about hatching chicks as the number of unwanted cockerels rises. There’s nothing cuter than the sight of a yellow fluffy chick emerging from a shell. However, as adorable as they are, and…

  • Wales: Protect your birds from avian flu

    Wales: Protect your birds from avian flu

    14th January 2022

    The Chief Vet for Wales, Christianne Glossop, has stressed the importance of people continuing to take action to protect their birds against avian flu Three outbreaks of the disease have been found in Wales – in Chirk, Crickhowell and Gaerwen,…

  • More AI cases confirmed

    More AI cases confirmed

    26th November 2021

    Several avian influenza cases have been confirmed. Please check GOV.​UK: www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu and GOV.WALES: gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update for the latest information about the following cases: Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 at a third premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Highly pathogenic avian influenza…

  • Avian flu housing order for poultry

    Avian flu housing order for poultry

    24th November 2021

    Avian Influenza housing order to come into force New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will come into force from 00:01 on Monday 29 November. This means it…

  • Avian flu restriction zone

    Avian flu restriction zone

    22nd November 2021

    Following a number of detections of avian influenza (bird flu) in wild birds across Great Britain, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of Great Britain from 5pm…

  • 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,…

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