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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…)

Wyandotte Chickens

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Wyandotte Chickens Are Hardy, Docile & Friendly Chickens.

Wyandotte Chickens Background & Appearance.

 wyandotte chicken image
Wyandottes originated in the US in the mid 19th century and first appeared as the Silver Laced Wyandotte variety. It’s not sure which chickens the breed originated from but it’s thought that Cochins, Brahmas & Hamburgs were involved in starting this strain. (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…)

Old English Game Chickens OEG

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Old English Game Chickens, Probably The First Breed Developed In Britain.

Old English Game Background & Behaviour.

oeg old english game imageThe Old English Game (OEG) has its origins in Britain and has long been a popular fighting bird. The overall appearance of the OEG is of a well rounded muscular chicken. OEGs are small birds with a tightly feathered plumage. The head is small with a big, strong beak, single comb, small thin earlobes and wattles and large eyes.

Although fighting is now illegal in most countries, the males were dubbed to prevent injury during fights. Dubbing is the removal or trimming of the combs and wattles. Dubbing is still performed for some exhibition birds. (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…)

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…)

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…)

Campines Chickens

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Campines Chickens Are A Lively Small Breed That Prefer Free Ranging.

Campine Chickens Background & Appearance.

campine chicken pictureIt is generally accepted that Campines originated in the Antwerp area of Belgium, but some experts believe they are descended from the Egyptian Fayoumi chicken. They are very similar to another Belgian breed the Braekel chicken which looks like a larger version of the Campine.

This bird has been bred in two different colours; the golden campine and the silver campine. The gold birds  head and neck is gold with the remainder of the bird being beetle–green, the difference with the silver bird is the head and neck is white. (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…)

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…)

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…)

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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