Guide to Keeping Chickens

This section has been broken down into a number of areas to help you find information on keeping hens.

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Preparation for beginners
When I first made the decision to keep hens, I realised that there's a fair amount of preparation required and I know for some beginners, it's difficult knowing where to start. This section covers choosing housing, providing a safe environment, choosing hens and things you need to have in place before your new additions arrive. more

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General care
If you're starting out or have been keeping hens for a while this section will be of use to you as it contains tips and advice on many things which I've struggled to find easily on many other sites. more

If you have any of your own tips on things which have worked for you or something you experienced, share it on our Clucks and Chooks Chicken forum >

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Health
It's good to keep an eye on your girls to make sure they're in top physical condition. Healthy hens should be bright and spritely with their tail up and keeping active.This section provides advice on keeping your hens healthy and information on how to identify and treat common ailments and other occurances such as broodiness and moulting. more

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Predators
Protecting your hens from predators is a factor you should consider at all times. Here's some tips on how to keep your chickens safe. more

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Jobs to do throughout the year
There are various chores which need to be carried out either on your hens, their coop or the run. more

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Eggs!
Eggs are probably the main reason people keep hens and you really can tell the difference between factory farm eggs that you get from the supermarkets to the free-range variety that your hens will produce. more

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Recipes (egg related)
Getting fed up of dippy or poached? Find out how you can do so much more with your eggs. more

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Top Tip

Raw potato is poisonous to chickens!
Remember to always cook potato peelings or potatoes before feeding it to your chickens!