Practical Poultry

  • 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: and GOV.WALES: 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,…

  • 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


    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…

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