As many of our customers are first time chicken owners, the following FAQs have been put together based on the questions we are most often asked. If you have any questions which are not covered by what is listed below, please feel free to email us, the chances are – we’ll add it to this list!
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How long do chickens normally live?
The Hybrids up to 4 years, bantams 8 years
Pure breeds live up to 8 years.
What is the minimum number of chickens you should keep?
At what age do they start laying?
Hybrids start to lay at 22 weeks, pure breeds and bantams fro 24 -28 weeks.
What do you feed Chickens?
They should be fed on layers pellets for there main diet and will eat any green vegetable waste you give them, as long as it hasn’t been in the kitchen (to avoid cross contamination with processed food). They will eat the grass in the run together with any bugs and insects on it. They will eat most weeds and generally know which ones are safe, but unless you are able to identify all weeds it is safer not to give them to them.
Do Chickens need vaccinations / worming etc?
All hybrids are vaccinated against:
- Mareks disease
- Infectious Bursal
- Infectious Bronchitis
- Newcastle Disease
- Salmonella Enteritidis
- Mycoplasma Gallisepticum
- Variant Infectious Bronchitis
- Avian Rhinotracheitis
- Avian Encephalomyelitis
- Infectious laryngotracheitis
They need to be wormed 6 months for free rangers and 3 months if kept in a static run. this is done orally with a powder mixed in with their food which need needs to be obtained from an agricultural merchant with a veterinary background or a vet.
Are there instructions provided detailing how to put the house together?
Yes instructions are provided, but they can also be supplied made up or we can make them up in your garden for a small fee. Price on application.