Backgarden Chickens & Poultry Blog

Welcome to my Poultry & Chicken Keeping Blog

This is a a bit of a mixture of diary and articles about poultry keeping we hope you find interesting. Unusually for a blog, some is written by John Harrison and some pieces from his daughter Cara Martin.

Child and Chickens

Our grandson with 3 of our hens that he’s helpfully named Charlie – all of them are called Charlie!

Back Garden Poultry Runs

Back Garden Poultry Runs with Chickens, Ducks & Quail

We , John & Val Harrison, live in Snowdonia, North Wales on a smallholding. Cara, her husband and son live nearby in a village.

Prior to joining us in Wales, Cara lived near Leeds where she kept chickens, ducks and quail in a small back garden.

The ducks and chickens were kept in fenced off runs with the quail in an aviary on the patio. I made a few videos in the backgarden there.

It isn’t only people with acres of land that can have their own small flock of happy and healthy birds. Whether you have a small city or suburban garden, an allotment, or a larger garden or smallholding – you can keep a flock of hens for fresh eggs in the morning.

We’re not trained experts but we’ve picked up a lot of information and experience over the years. We try to share this with you through this website and blog.

We also write a monthly newsletter so any questions please feel free to contact me with them and we will answer them in the newsletter or on here so that your questions can also help other poultry keepers.

You can keep poultry in town or country

We’ve kept hens in a small urban space, and now on a larger smallholding. Both present their own challenges, but no matter how much land you have there is usually a way to keep back-garden poultry happy and healthy.

More Help on Keeping Poultry

Don’t forget that we’ve a lot of information to help you on the site with articles covering other poultry such as ducks, geese and quail as well as chicken keeping help.

Weather, Blood Egg Problem & Business

Weather, Blood Egg Problem & Business

The weather is pretty bad at the moment which means the ladies are stuck in the secure run more where they’re sheltered from wind and rain. Choccy would only stay under the Eglu anyway but the three Charlie browns really

Moulting, Cleaning, Winter Preparation

Moulting, Cleaning, Winter Preparation

In my last post I mentioned that Chocky the Norfolk Grey was moulting. Well one of the Nova Browns has decided to join in and is moulting as well. I also mentioned I’d given her some tuna cat food to

You Must be Joking!

You Must be Joking!

As I blogged last time, egg laying is slowing as the days get shorter but it’s far from stopped. However, the other day I thought one of the girls was taking the mickey when I went to collect the eggs.

Laying Slowing Down & Care with Feeding

Laying Slowing Down & Care with Feeding

Now autumn is here and the nights are longer than the days, the hens are laying less. It’s a natural reaction to winter’s approach and falling temperatures. Chocky, the Norfolk Grey, usually only lays 2 or 3 eggs a week

Hens in Space! Alien Hens Land!

Hens in Space! Alien Hens Land!

Don’t worry, we’ve not sent our ladies up on spaceship to Mars! The net’s a wonderful place – you start off looking at automatic door openers and end up back in history watching a video of a chicken on the

Ethical Considerations Regarding Rodenticides – Rat Poisons

Ethical Considerations Regarding Rodenticides – Rat Poisons

An email from a reader about an article on the web site raises some ethical points about how we handle controlling vermin like rats. I’d be really interested in hearing what others think on this topic in the comments below.


The Back Garden Flock

The Back Garden Flock