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Large Chicken Coop Ark For 5 Hens

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

“If You’re Searching For A Sturdy Chicken Coop For 5 Hens & You Want Portability Then Look No Further”

The Handcrafted Chicken Ark Incorporates A Coop & Run In The Same Space.

Handcrafted hen house for 5 chickensThis has to be the best design available to house 5 chickens or 7 bantams in a portable, space efficient, affordable chicken coop. This is the larger of the 2 Handcrafted chicken coops, if you only want to house 3 chickens or 5 bantams then check out my review Chicken House For 3 Hens.

The fantastic design for this coop has taken the original British chicken tractor and made it better. Your birds can roost in the upstairs dormitory and feed, exercise and forage downstairs. (more…)

Chicken Coop Ark For Sale For 3 Hens

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

“If You’re Searching For A Solid Portable Chicken Coop To House 3 Hens… This Is It.”

The Handcrafted Chicken Ark or Chicken Tractor That Provides A Great Coop & Run Design.

Handcrafted Chicken Ark For 3 HensI love this chicken coop due to its solid design and brilliant use of space. You can join hundreds of experienced chicken keepers who are overjoyed with their Handcrafted chicken ark and you can get this chicken tractor at an extremely affordable price.

The design is based on the British Chicken Ark, but with a twist, the chicken run is under the coop and therefore offers your chooks the benefit of plenty of room for roosting and nesting (12sqft) combined with the ‘downstairs space’ (16sqft) for exercising, eating and drinking. keeping your chooks safely away from the predators searching for chickens or their eggs. (more…)

Plymouth Rock or Barred Rock Chickens

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Plymouth Rock Chickens Most Common Colour Is The Barred Rock Chicken.

Plymouth Rock Chicken Background & Appearance.

plymouth rock chicken barred varietyThe Plymouth Rock is an American breed of chicken, bred in the mid 19th century at New England. There’s a difference between the British type and the US type, as the chicken is taller and a different shape in the UK.

The breed is also known as the Barred Rock Chicken after their most common colour. Further colours have divided this breed, available colours are barred, columbian, buff columbian, partridge and blue laced. (more…)

Frizzle Chickens

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Frizzle Chickens With Their ‘Backcombed Feathers’

Frizzle Chickens Background & Appearance.

frizzle chicken pictureThe Frizzle is thought to have originated in Southern Asia around 300 years ago, but the history is a little sketchy as some Frizzles were documented to have neen kept in Europe in the 17th century.

This breed of chicken is generally regarded as an exhibition breed, the bantam variety being much more popular than the larger type. In fact the larger bird was virtually extinct, until a group of breeders set up an intensive program to promote them, they are still considered rare today. (more…)

Dorkings Chickens

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Dorking Chickens Are Possibly The Oldest British Chicken Breed.

Dorkings Chickens Background & Appearance.

dorking chicken pictureDorkings were brought from Italy to Britain during the time of the Roman Invasion in AD43, making them one of the oldest breeds in the UK.

Dorkings are a dual purpose largish bird. Cocks weigh about 9 ponds and the hens 7 lbs.

Colours range from silver-grey, red, white, dark and cuckoo. It is interesting to note that the colours also dictate the comb type of the Dorking. The silver-grey and red varieties should possess a single comb, whilst the white and cuckoo should have a rose comb. (more…)

Brahma Chickens

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Brahma Chickens Are A Very Large Chook, With Profuse Feathering.

Brahmas Background & Appearance.

brahma chicken pictureBrahma Chickens originated in the Brahmaputra region of India. They were imported to the UK & US in the mid 1800′s. Originally known as the  Brahma Poutras Chicken.

Brahma Chickens are quite majestic and are sometimes referred to as the King Of Chickens due to their large size, the cocks can weigh between 11 & 12 pounds. They seem even bigger as they have a profuse of feathers which extend down their legs and onto their feet. (more…)

Barnevelders Chickens

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Barnevelder Chickens A Good Tempered Chicken

Barnevelders Background & Appearance.

barnevelders chicken photoThis bird originated in the Netherlands and was imported to the UK & US in the early 1920′s. The birds are a dual purpose medium to heavy chicken and come in a range of colours.

Colours range from black, white, double laced, blue, brown and blue double laced.

 The most attractive and popular colour is the double laced, giving rise to dark hackle feathers that are tinged bottle green.

Both sexes posess a single comb and have prominent orange eyes and yellow legs. (more…)

Australorp Chickens | Australorps Breed Information

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Australorp Chickens Or Australorps Make Great Pets For Children.

Australorps Background & Appearance.

ausralorps chicken pictureAustralorp is a name that derives from Australian Black Orpington. It came about from some Australian stock birds imported into the UK being crossed with Black Orpingtons at around 1920. Therefore the Australorp can claim to have both Australian and British origins. (more…)

Andalusian Chickens

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Andalusian Chickens, A Soft Feathered Spanish Chicken

Andalusian Chickens Background & Appearance.

andalusian chicken pictureThis soft feathered bird originated in Andalucia, Spain and developed from black & white stock in the mid 19th century. They are classified as Mediterranean birds and are similar to other fowl in this range, having close soft feathers.

Fifty years ago the breed had become a rarity, but it seems to have regained it’s popularity and is now shown in many countries around the world. (more…)

Ancona Chickens

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Ancona Chickens A great Egg Layer.

Ancona Chickens Background & Appearance

ancona chicken picture

These chickens are an ideal beginners bird. They originate from a port in Italy called (you guessed it!) Ancona. They were shipped to the UK in the mid 19th century and a few years later it was exported to other countries including the USA.

They were first thought to be a member of the Leghorn family, particularly from the Mottled Leghorn, but this is now known to be untrue. (more…)

Dominique Chickens Also Known As Dominicker

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Dominique Chickens Have A Very Hardy Constitution

Dominique Chickens Background & Appearance.

dominique chicken dominicker pilgrim fowl pictureThe Dominique (which is also referred to as the Dominicker or Pilgrim Fowl) was once the most common backyard chicken in America. It is also regarded as the oldest breed of chicken in America and probably descended from chickens brought in during the colonial era.

The main reasons for this chickens breed popularity was the chooks possess a very hardy constitution along with their heavy plumage giving them excellent protection during bad winters. This breed weighs in on average at 7lb at maturity.

The barred feathering also gives them excellent camouflage when foraging in shady areas, making them practically invisible from predators. (more…)

Silkie Chickens

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Silkie Chickens Make Great Pets For The Family

Silkie Chickens Background

silkie chickenSilkies are a light breed of chicken approx 1.5kg – 2 kg that arrived from China to the western world around the 1300′s. It is reported that Marco Polo was responsible for introducing the birds to the USA. (more…)