Friday, 26 October 2012

Matthew Hayward Nogg Chicken House

This is such a stylish chicken house, almost a piece of garden sculpture. It's hand crafted in cedar wood and stainless steel, a collaboration between Matthew Hayward and Nadia Turan. You can pre-order a Nogg for the princely sum of £1,950, the perfect des res for up to 4 hens. Find out all about The Nogg at Nogg, it even has it's own blog The Nogg

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Chicken caring for Kittens

 Can you believe your eyes?

 Those really are kittens

 and this broody hen is playing mother

if you look carefully at the second photograph you can see the real mother is sharing!

Amazing photographs of a broody chicken with kittens found via reddit

Friday, 30 September 2011

hester doing chicken agility in the field

Looks like Hester's owners are having a lot of fun with their pet, have you ever tried chicken agility?

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Another moveable chicken house

I like the idea of easily moveable chicken houses with integral runs. The chickens can be moved around the garden to fresh grass. If rats move in (as sometimes happens) everything can be picked up and moved and the rat holes safely baited with poison without posing a risk to the birds. But due to the inevitable size restrictions I do feel that chickens kept in this type of housing should be allowed time out of their pen to free range the garden.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Moveable Chicken House

There seem to be as many different styles of chicken house as there are different breeds of chickens.
This one has wheels so that it can easily be moved around the garden.

Not as stylish as the chicken ark but then I'm guessing it's not as heavy either.

Monday, 21 February 2011

The Poland or Chamois Bantam

I was very taken by these Chamois Bantams on a recent visit to Norfolk Lavender

and was sorely tempted to add to my little flock of Bantams.

But I have to say that if I had some they wouldn't be looking nearly as lovely as these because it's just so very muddy here at the moment and I really can't imagine myself finding the time to tie those crests up ( see below). So for now I'll just enjoy looking at someone elses beautifully kept birds.

Known in England as the Poland, this is the most popular of the crested breeds. It is also one of the oldest. The origin of this bird and its name is still not clear. Crested birds have been described all over Europe, not just in Poland. It has been known as a pure breed as early as the 16th century. They appeared and received classification at the first poultry show in London in 1845. Then available in four colours.
The Poland is an unusual and beautiful bird. They do look rather strange with their big hair do! They lay a good number of white eggs. Generally classed as a non-sitting bird, they can occasionally become broody. Breeders tend to tie the crest up to keep it clean and allow the bird to see well. The Poland has a thin skull and can suffer from hypothermia quite quickly in the cold. Mites need to be looked out for, as they cannot preen themselves very easily to remove them.
Colours of the Poland are very varied. The best known being the white crested black with its black body and white crest. The other two similarly patterned colours are white crested blue and white-crested cuckoo. These three colours do not have a beard and have wattles; all the other colours have a beard with no wattles. They have white earlobes. The crest of the female should be very round with the males being spikier. The eyes are red in all colours and beaks and legs are dark blue in all except the white crested cuckoo, which has a paler beak and legs. The chamois, gold and silver are all laced.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Francine Raymond moves

I was sorry to discover that Francine Raymond has moved from Troston, The Kitchen Garden one of those places that I always intended to visit (one day). I suppose this should be a lesson learned, not to put off what can be done today....