Frequently Asked Questions
We have done our best to answer general points below. Please contact us by e-mail or telephone if you have any additional queries.
How many eggs do hens lay per year?
This depends on the breed, rare breeds may lay as few as 100 whereas commercial hybrids lay up to 300 per year
What sort of food do hens eat?
Whilst it has been traditional to feed chickens scraps and corn, modern strains of birds do best on a good quality layers pellet.
How long do chickens lay eggs for?
This depends on the breed and individual chicken. From when a pullet starts to lay, they should lay for 3 to 5 years with breaks for malting and seasonal variations. In general egg production starts to fall after 2 years.
How long do they live?
Hens live between 4 to 8 years.
How do I bring them home?
Either use a poultry crate, pet carrier or well ventilated cardboard box. Boxes available at £3.00 each.
What sort of housing will I need?
There is a large variety of housing available but you need to make sure that it can be easily accessed, cleaned and maintained. Most importantly make sure it is dry.
How do I ensure the right housing for my birds?
We can supply and build a whole range of housing, fit to house 3 hens or more. Our range goes from a small house (4 x 3ft), for back gardens, to houses that can keep six to ten birds (4 x 4ft), to proper laying houses; developed with a range of tunnels for meat and laying birds, which you can even tow round as they are on wheels.
How do I protect chickens from predators such as foxes and badgers?
A secure house that can be shut at night prevents nocturnal predators. Adequate fencing or run does the same during the day.
Are different varieties happy to live together?
Providing there are no cockerels present most breeds will get along happily together.
How often do I need to worm the birds?
It is recommended that the birds are wormed twice a year with a proprietary wormer such as Flubenvet.