Poultry Blog - My Chicken Diary

My day to day diary

Hens Eating Chickweed

Laying Slowing Down & Care with Feeding

As autumn arrives with the daylength reducing, egg laying slows down. The hens need the right diet to lay well and be healthy, so limit the treats.

Automatic chicken door on the USS Henterprise

Hens in Space! Alien Hens Land!

Some fun pictures of hens on a spaceship in the future and a little bit about the history of hens in space. Plus evidence hens come from another planet.


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.

Chickens Behind Wire

Helping a Fellow Bird Out

Sometimes chickens can really surprise you, I didn't expect mine to act as they did when they saw a cat trying to catch a blackbird.

Hens eating sorrel

Hot weather, stopping the hens escaping.

Hot hens but they're happy enough, spoiling them with garden waste, roof repairs to the run and putting a new fence around the main run.

Eggs in Basket

How Many Eggs – Feeding Cat Food to Hens

Answering some chicken questions. How many eggs should my hens be laying and should I feed my hens cat food or dog food to help them get through the moult.

Chickens Eating Chickweed

Cleaning and Feeding Hens

Cleaning the coop is a weekly 10 minute job but the run takes a few hours every few months. The thin eggs problem sorted and the hens are now getting their treats again along with their feed.

Red Fox

Watch Out – There’s a Fox About

Most of us rarely see a fox and they tend to be dead on the side of the road. In my whole life, I can only recall seeing a fox twice. That doesn't mean they're not about though. Foxes are shy and elusive creatures. Because we don't see them, we might think there aren't any around. But they are around.

poultry books

Poultry Keeping Books Clearance

A surplus stock clearance of poultry keeping books including incubation, hatching and rearing, starting with ducks, starting with turkeys, starting with geese and organic poultry. When they're gone, they are gone.

Chickens on ground

Training Chickens, Pasture Maintenance & Thin Eggs

You can train your chickens a bit! Fixing the pasture run that they've left bare after the winter and a thin egg problem. Solutions for thin eggs.