Starter Packs - Chicken Keeping Courses



 


 

Keeping chickens is a rewarding experience for all and relatively easy once you know the ropes.
In keeping with our policy of ‘quality at the right price’ we offer the following starter packs.

We would also be pleased to discuss your requirements before purchase and we provide telephone support and advice afterwards. We are the one stop chicken shop. It is a pleasure for us to help like-minded people and you can always visit us to gain first hand touch and feel experience.

To avoid disappointment it is important to decide what you want from your chicken keeping in order of priority because there are choices to be made? To help you decide we have provided information at the end of this section. We deliver Nationally and can always give you the low down about chickens or answer questions face to face at that time. 

Our Starter Packs 

Any of the following huts all of which have a fox proof run, two perches, a nest box and can accept external feeders. All are easily portable and can be moved for cleaning. See our website for more specification details.

Option 1.

Garden Coupe 2  - (L72 x W48 x H32) 
3-4 Hens or 6-7 Bantams   
293.00 


 

Option 2.

Easy clean Design single pitched roof

(Internal nest box)
4-5 Hens or 7-8 Bantams 
353.00


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 Included with Option 1 + 2 

  • Two Commercial Breed hens as examples or 20.00 allowance against other breeds if preferred
  • Commercial Feeder and Drinker.
  • 10kg of Layers or Growers Pellets (vitamin enriched) with 15kg of Grit.
  • Straw or Shavings
  • Telephone support and 10% discount off our 1day Chicken Course (if taken within 3 months of purchase).
  • The prices quoted are what you pay and option 2 is flat pack self-assembly unit (Simple Instructions). Chickens are boxed, if delivered.
     

Optional Extras
 

  • Delivery nominally 45.00 but subject to location. We operate the ‘Chicken Run’ nationally in the ‘Chuck Truck’.
  • Assembly prior to or on delivery with assistance 20.00.
  • External / Internal Hopper Feeder 15.00 extra instead of commercial feeder.
  • Tie-down waterproof run covers to help keep the run dry and provide shade 15.00 each

Any of our other accommodation are suitable for the beginner and we urge you to make an appointment and come and see us. We can then show you round, please give us a call on 07815072938 We are open by appointment 12/7 (8am-8pm). Most colours are available and our range of 44 different breeds are stunning.

Information to help you decide.

  1. Commercial hens are ‘designed’ to lay eggs typically 300-340 per year. These breeds are Large Fowl but tend to be on the small side. Typically called Speckledy, Black Rock, Warren, Bluebelle etc.

Pure breeds kept as egg layers are normally a little heavier and lay 200-250 eggs per year and are also suitable for the table. Typical breeds would be Light and Buff Sussex, Marans, Rhode Island Red, Barnvelder, Wyandottes etc.

Heavy breeds such as Orpingtons and Brahmas lay 120-150 eggs per year and those bred for looks eg. silkies only 60-80.

  1. Bantams are a separate smaller breed of chicken and are available in most of the colours found in Large Fowl. The eggs are smaller but tend to be larger than those laid by normal chickens in proportion to body weight. Large Fowl eggs weigh circa 60 grams and Bantams 40 grams as a rule of thumb.
     
  1. How many birds do you want to keep and will you let them out into the garden? Chickens left unattended in the garden will provide a tasty dinner for Mr Fox etc. A run or hut that is not on a solid base or any other protection will sooner or later be accessed by the fox digging under the perimeter. Wire netting will also probably be pulled off its frame by a badger or fox as it tugs on it passing every evening. We use 16swg mesh (three times thicker than wire netting).
     
  1. Chickens do not need a lot of space in which to sleep but they roost and need to perch. The accommodation must be dry, well ventilated and should have a hide away for the birds to lay eggs. We recommend proper nest boxes.

During the day chickens naturally need more space and a portion should be sheltered from the rain if the accommodation is on the small side.

Easy access to all areas within the accommodation is essential for cleaning and sterilisation. Huts should have as few crevices as possible because ‘red mite’ will sooner or later invade your hut. Featheredge boarding is their favourite from which to emerge at night in there thousands to suck the blood from your chucks.

Chickens like nothing better than a good scratch as they look for food and most feeders that are commercially available do not stop the birds scratching their food all over the floor encouraging rats. They can also ‘poo’ on their food and in their water and this causes disease.

Our accommodation is designed to allow water and food dispensing from outside the run overcoming the above problems and making life much easier, thus reducing the cleaning duties. (Option).