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Building Chicken Coops With Step By Step Plans

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Building Chicken Coops By An Experienced Chicken Keeper.

Building Chicken Coops BookMy first recommendation for Building Chicken Coops, will take you by the hand and guide you through what you may wrongly think is an arduous task beyond your skills.

You will soon understand that all the ‘hard work’ has been completed for you, for instance once you’ve chosen the chicken coop to suit you and your chickens, you’ll be shown that building the chicken coop is so straightforward.

You’ll soon discover what materials to use, with all the dimensions already carefullly calculated. If you’re a little worried about cutting the lumbar to the correct size, worry not…  (more…)

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…)

Budget Chicken Coop For 4 Or 5 Hens For Sale

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

An Ideal Chicken Coop For The Novice Chicken Keeper.

A ‘Great Value For Money’ Hen House If You’re Just Starting Off As A Chicken Keeper.

Wooden Chicken Coop So you want to start keeping pet chickens and reap the benefits of your egg layers. But which chicken coop should you buy? Maybe you’re not sure if chicken keeping is for you, but you want to dip your toe in the water to find out.

You’ve probably searched the classifieds for cheap second hand coops, but not found anything suitable. After all most chicken fanciers expand their flocks rather than throw in the towel. (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…)

New Hampshire Chickens

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

New Hampshire Chickens Another Perfect Breed For The Beginner.

New Hampshire Chickens Background & Appearance.

new hampshire red chicken imageNew Hampshire chickens are a favorite in the US and are rapidly gaining popularity in the UK. The New Hampshire Red is derived from the Rhode Island Red chicken by selective breeding of certain characteristics, for instance; rapid full feathering, large brown egg laying and fast maturity. Only the rhodies blood line was used.

Although the large bird was developed in the New England region, the bantam variety was developed in the Netherlands. (more…)

Jersey Giant Chickens

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Jersey Giant Chickens, Are They The Worlds Largest Chicken?

Jersey Giant Chickens Background & Appearance.

jersey giant chicken imageThis bird was developed in New Jersey USA around 1870 as a dual purpose bird. It was originally known as the Jersey Black Giant, not because of any colouring but simply to acknowledge the Black brothers, John & Thomas, who developed this fine breed.

They are thought to have been developed from crosses of Brahmas, Langshans and Orpingtons. At a later stage Australorps were introduced to the strain with the result being that apart from the size difference, they look remarkably alike. (more…)

Hamburg Chickens

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Hamburg Chickens A Large Elegant Chook Who Needs Space.

Hamburg Chickens Background & Appearance.

hamburg uk holland chicken imageAlthough Hamburg Chickens originated in Northern Europe, they have been bred in the UK for over 300 years, where they were originally named ‘Mooneys’ or ‘Pheasants’. These names stuck until the mid 1800′s and they then reverted to being called Hamburgs or Hollands. (This is not the same as the US breed named Holland).

These birds are smart and elegant and come in a variety of colours. namely White, Black, Silver Spangled, Silver Penciled, Golden Spangled, Golden Penciled. (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…)

Leghorn Chickens

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Leghorn Chickens Are Consistently Good Layers…

Leghorn Chickens, Appearance & Background

leghorn chickensLeghorn Chickens  originate from the Italian city of Livarno, (the German translation of the city is Leghorn). Although the development of the breeds various strains developed in many other countries. Initially the breed was known as Italians Chickens when they were first introduced to the US in the early 1800′s, but the name Leghorn got globally accepted later. (more…)

Raising Chickens At Home

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Raising Chickens At Home – Hints and Tips On Raising Chickens

For you to enjoy your hens and keep them healthy and productive, there’s not a great deal of rules you have to abide by. Chickens are generally robust birds and there’s not a large number of “do’s” and “don’ts” to bear in mind. The following advice on keeping pet chickens in the backyard originated from inquiries from people who were interested in becoming a chicken keeper…

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Looking After Chickens

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Looking After Chickens At Home – Some Considerations

There are a few things you need to consider, before you dive into this great hobby of looking after chickens. First off I know you’re interested in getting some chickens in your garden, because you’re here, but what about the rest of the family? If your spouse or children aren’t particularly fond of them, it could mean you’re going to end up being the only one in the family looking after your hens. (more…)