Practical Poultry

  • 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,…

  • The perfect treat for poultry people

    The perfect treat for poultry people

    3rd July 2019

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

  • 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 over the summer holidays We are fast approaching the summer holidays, with children off school and the family jetting off for a fortnight of relaxation and fun. If…

  • Keeping quail in the garden

    Keeping quail in the garden

    27th June 2019

    This diminutive bird 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

    Peafowl, guinea fowl and waterfowl tend to be kept in large enclosures or free ranging, meaning they will gain significant nutrition form grass and vegetation, as well as insects and other invertebrates. Alongside this, an age appropriate compound feed should…

  • Silkies


    14th June 2019

    The breed of Silkie has over the last decade probably been the most successful breed of poultry in Great Britain. They have a large membership in a very active and well organised club that holds an annual club show and…

  • Your Questions & Answers

    Your Questions & Answers

    13th June 2019

    My cockerels wake me (and my neighbours) by crowing. Is there a way I can reduce this? It’s not necessary to keep a cockerel to get eggs but if you do then there is a possibility that his crowing will…



    11th June 2019

    Agricultural shows provide a great insight into rural life, it is a window into the world of agriculture, a meeting place for many and a platform to show case both tried and tested and new ways of working. No matter…

  • From Dawn to Dusk

    From Dawn to Dusk

    11th June 2019

    Count on your chickens being safe and secure with automatic shutting up Time! We all want more time; life is too fast, too demanding, technology speeds up our ability to get stuff done but in turn it increases the number…

  • Your Questions & Answers

    Your Questions & Answers

    17th April 2019

    I seem to remember that as a child my mother coloured eggs for Easter with Cochineal – what is it and can I still use it? It is very much available and comes form the unfortunate Cochineal beatle. Carminic acids…