Top Winter Predators: How To Keep Your Flock Safe

7 Deadly Winter Predators How to Stop Them

Winter can be a very difficult time for everyone- especially wild animals. It is a time when food is scarce and the weather is bitterly cold, making finding food difficult and dangerous.

Unfortunately, not many predators sleep through the winter months, only bears truly hibernate. Raccoons, possums and foxes will hunker down and stay in their dens until the worst of the weather has passed. Then they are out to hunt and they are hungry.

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All You Need To Know About Marek’s Disease

All You Need To Know About Marek’s Disease Blog Cover

Marek’s disease is an insidious disease that catches many keepers by surprise. Its effect on your flock can be devastating.

We’ve discussed Marek’s in the past, however there is much mis-information out there, so this article will clarify matters for you and your birds.

Many keepers are lucky enough to go a lifetime and never see this disease, even though it is very widespread. To find out if it is endemic in your area, call… [Read More]

Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter

Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter Blog Cover

Chickens are an incredibly hardy animal and you will find them in many cold places throughout the world.

There are people in Alaska, Canada and many other chilly places that keep chickens without too much difficulty- as long as you are resourceful! The temperature in certain areas of Alaska has been known to drop to -20F!

Whilst certain breeds are better in the cold than others, with enough preparation any breed will be fine during… [Read More]

How To Prevent Frostbite During Winter?

During these cold winter months, your girls have a lot more to worry about than lack of daylight! One of the biggest problems which can occur is frostbite.

It was Ben Franklin that said ‘an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure’. He may not have been talking about chickens at the time, but he was certainly right when it comes to frostbite!

The prevention of frostbite is relatively simple and will… [Read More]

Biosecurity and Keeping Rodent Activity At A Minimum

All You Need To Know About Biosecurity Blog Post

Exactly what is biosecurity? It’s one of those words that gets’ thrown around a lot these days, but many people are still unsure exactly what it means.

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures put into place to prevent transmission of diseases/infections to your chickens. In its basic form, it is a set of safeguards to protect you and your flock from external diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

If it sounds a… [Read More]