Hi Tim and Jo,
Just a quick one to say that our chickens are settling in well. We've had eggs everyday thanks to our Hertfordshire Honey. We absolutely love our new girls, they have hilarious personalities and the children are enjoying helping care for them. We will certainly be recommending you if any of our friends enquire as to where to get chickens from.
Thanks so much.
Sarah and family
We have put together these helpful tips to help your chickens settle quickly into their home. All of our customers will receive a copy of our guidelines in a small information pack when you purchase your point of lay chickens from Stagenhoe Chickens.
In order for chickens to settle in well, it is suggested that you initially keep the area as quiet as possible and free from dogs to allow the birds to relax. Ideally the chickens would be kept in their house for the first two or three days so that they associate this as their home, after that the chickens could be let out into their run for two or three weeks minimum before letting them have free range if you so desire. Please make sure that food and water is in the house while the birds are shut in.
At all times make sure the chickens have good quality layers mash or pellets and access to fresh clean water. It is suggested to feed a small quantity of mixed corn to the chickens in the afternoon as a treat. If you scatter this in the run or surrounding area you will encourage the birds to forage.
Do not give the chickens too much corn. Their main diet should be the layers pellets as these are formulated to help them produce large quantities of eggs. Layers pellets contain the necessary nutrients to keep birds in good condition. If the chickens ever run out of layers pellets or if too much corn is fed then they will not lay as efficiently. A few days of just corn if feed runs out will not compromise bird’s health but may affect production. If your chickens are unable to roam freely then it is suggested that greens are given as a tasty treat.
At all times be aware of potential problems with dogs, foxes and other predators and make sure that your hens are securely locked up at night.
Your hens will need a perch in their house to roost on and would enjoy an outside area to dust bathe in.
We would suggest that poultry grit is supplied as this will help their digestive system and also the strength of the eggs. Grit must be insoluble hen sized grit, not oyster shell or other soluble grit as this will throw out the sodium:potassium ratio in the feed and have a negative effect on egg quality.
It is advisable to ensure eggs are collected regularly. Imitation eggs can be purchased and can be placed in nesting boxes to encourage the chickens to lay their eggs in the correct location.
Ensure the house is kept clean and dry at all times and follow veterinary advice as required.
All of our chickens are professionally reared with a comprehensive vaccination and blood testing programme. To see the programme in detail please click on the following link. Vaccination Programme.