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Backyard chickens – common problems and what to do about them…

  Keeping hens When we first had poultry I remember being nervous about all the different ailments that were potentially lurking out there.  Each time one of them was slightly off colour I began to panic a little, reaching for my backyard chicken bible and frightening myself half to death with names like Marek’s Disease…

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Putting Chicken Tea to the test at the Villas… with Sunflowers!

Sunflowers This afternoon I planted fourteen sunflower plants, seven down either side of a raised bed, 1.2 metres apart, both with a southerly aspect. Chicken Tea The plan is to irrigate the plants on the left hand side with rainwater and the plants on the right hand side with chicken tea. At the end of…

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Keeping chickens – what to consider and how to get started…

Space So you want to keep chickens? The first thing you need to ask yourself  is how many birds you want. Then you need to calculate how much space each chicken needs (according to DEFRA, for a bird to be considered free-range, it must “… have had during at least half  it’s lifetime continuous daytime…

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