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Archive for February, 2011

Can I Keep Chickens in My Garden?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Keeping chickens is fast becoming the latest craze. Keeping chickens isn’t just a passing fad, and once you begin keeping chickens we promise you won’t want to stop. If you are thinking of keeping chickens, there are a few essential guidelines we are about to outline, to keep the whole process running as smoothly as possible. As with every animal, there are certain regulations to be adhered to, and chickens are no exception. Generally, chickens can be kept in your back garden with minimal upheaval, however to give you peace of mind, we at Cotswold Chickens have provided a little guide to keeping chickens in your garden.

Firstly, before buying your feathered friend we would advise a quick road trip down to your local council or a simple phone call. By having a quick chat with your local authority you can establish if there are any regulations against having chickens in your area. If it appears that there is a restriction, this usually can be appealed against with little inconvenience.

The next stage for keeping chickens in your garden is providing them with a comfy home. We have a vast range of chicken houses that incorporate the coop and the run. This means you don’t have to stress about trying to figure about how many square feet you need per chicken. However If you do feel like building your own run and coop then the animal welfare act insists on one square meter of run per chicken.

If you are in need of any friendly advice about where and how to keep your chickens, then get in touch with us here at Cotswold Chickens today. We will answer any of your chicken queries that you may have. We provide a fantastic range of products, including chicken feed and housing. To keep your chickens properly, or for any advice call us today on 01608 683 912 or visit our website.

Movable Chicken Houses

Friday, February 4th, 2011

When thinking about the ideal pet many of us will think about a dog, cat or rabbit. Some may branch out to the pet which needs very little care – the gold fish; but very few will consider a chicken, or even a flock of chickens. However, as those who already keep chickens as pets will testify, they can make loving pets and also a great source of entertainment for hours on end. But like your floppy eared rabbit, your chickens will require adequate chicken houses to rest their wings during the cool evenings.

Here at Cotswold Chickens, we’ve grown up loving our feathery friends and we understand the importance of ensuring that they are well sheltered during the evenings, which is why we provide a range of movable and static housing.

A movable chicken house will not only give your flock somewhere to nest, but can also provide an incredible economic and eco-friendly way of looking after the grassed areas of your garden.

Although during the day it is likely that you’ll let your chickens roam around your garden, when nightfall comes and the chickens’ natural predator wakens, you’ll understandably want to make sure that the bird you’ve raised from a pullet is well protected – and this is what a movable house offers.

With chicken houses which can be moved, not only can you move the chicken home nearer to your house at night/during the winter months to offer it more protection, but during the hot summer months, whilst the birds are scratching around for food, their house can be moved into the shade ensuring it doesn’t become over heated.

All our chicken houses, movable and otherwise come at an affordable price. So whether you’re just starting out on the enjoyable ride that is chicken raising or whether you’re a veteran when it comes to looking after our feathered friends, you can rest assured that you’ll get a fantastic chicken coop from us here at Cotswold Chickens.