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Archive for September, 2011

A Guide to Chicken Coops

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

With winter drawing in it’s important as chicken owners that you have adequate shelter and housing for your flock. As chicken lovers ourselves, here at Cotswold Chickens we know how important it is to find the perfect chicken coops which offer everything you require. This is why we stock a wide variety of coops, all of which have been designed to protect your flock from the wet and windy conditions; along with offering them protection from their natural predators.

Coops Available:

Our range of chicken coops varies from the traditional through to the eco and more contemporary Eglu range, so whether your chickens show a fun and frivolous personality or a more conservative approach, you’ll be able to find the perfect housing for them.

How to Choose a Coop:

All of our chicken coops are designed with both the animals and owners in mind, which is why they’re all aesthetically pleasing, spacious and easy to clean thanks to the pull out trays which have been incorporated.

We appreciate that this may make it difficult for you to choose the perfect home for your poultry, which is why we’ve compiled this brief guide of things to consider.

Space:

Birds which are squashed together will squabble and this can lead to feather pecking. It’s therefore advisable as a rule of thumb, to leave 3 square feet of space per bird within the coop.

Features:

Whilst lack of space can lead to your birds fighting, so can boredom. With this in mind you need to consider what features you’d like, such as do you want to attach a run or not?

Materials Used:

Chicken coops come in various materials from plastic to CNC wood, each of which has various qualities. However they also have drawbacks, such as wood can leave cracks where red-mite can hide, so it’s important to select the right material for your surroundings.

Choosing chicken coops is a lot like choosing a home for your family, which is why we recommend looking at various options before selecting the one which suits your birds, their lifestyle and the space that you have available. If you’d like more help, contact our team today on 01608 683912.

Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by Cotswold Chickens. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Cotswold Chickens, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

What to Feed Chickens

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Chickens – regardless of whether you want them for eggs, meat or just to keep you occupied, need some tender loving care to ensure they remain in tip top condition, and one of the main ingredients to ensure a happy and healthy chicken is food. So, what exactly do they need feeding? Although chickens will devour pretty much anything, it’s best to maintain a healthy diet for optimum well-being as the team here at Cotswold Chickens will endeavour to explain.

As experts, we know from hands-on experience that a healthy chicken is a happy chicken, and happy chickens will produce better eggs and poultry. Like us, food plays an important role in a chicken’s life – if they are not given the correct nutrients or indeed the occasional treat, they will not be impressed.

Nutrients

So, the big question is – what nutrients are needed to maintain a balanced diet? The greatly anticipated answer is the following;
•    Carbohydrate
•    Protein
•    Oil
•    Fat
•    Vitamins
•    Minerals and Water
Generally speaking, all of these nutrients can be found in a good quality feed. So, it should be a top priority to source high quality chicken feed rather than expecting your chickens to forage in your garden and turf Richmond.

Feed Types

There are various feed types, including mash/meal, pellets and crumbs. Here at Cotswold Chickens, we believe in a varied diet, and although we would recommend the organic pellet food supplied by The Smallholders Allen and Page, if you mix things up a bit now and again it shouldn’t have an adverse effect on your chickens’ health.

For professional help on how to keep your chickens happy and above all healthy, be sure to get in touch with us here at Cotswold Chickens. With our years of experience rearing and handling chickens, we are on hand to offer advice that we are more than happy to impart with to our customers. Call us today on 01608 683912 for more information.

Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by Cotswold Chickens. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Cotswold Chickens, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.