Keeping chickens is a
rewarding experience for all and relatively easy once you know the
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.
Garden Coupe 2 - (L72 x W48 x H32)
3-4 Hens or 6-7 Bantams
Not Now Available
| Option 2.
Easy clean design single pitched roof
Coop; 4' inc nest box x 3' x 4' high. Run; 5' long x 3' x 4' high
4-5 Hens or 7-8 Bantams
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with Option 1 + 2
- Two Commercial
Breed hens as examples or £20.00 allowance against other breeds if
- Commercial Feeder
- 10kg of Layers or
Growers Pellets (vitamin enriched) with 1.5kg of Grit.
- Straw or Shavings
support and 10% discount off our 1 day Chicken Course (if taken
within 3 months of purchase).
- The prices quoted
are what you pay and option 2 built shed and flat pack self-assembly run (Simple Instructions).
- 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.
waterproof run covers to help keep the run dry and provide shade
Any of our other
accommodation are suitable for the beginner, please give
us a call on 07599 036612 We are open by appointment 12/7 (8am-8pm).
Most colours are available and our range of 44 different breeds are
Information to help you
- Commercial hens
are 'designed' to lay eggs typically 300-30 per year. These breeds
are Large Fowl but tend to be on the small side. Typically called ISA brown, 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 e.g. silkies only 80-100.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
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
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).