5 questions to ask before you buy any poultry or products...

1. How much space do I need?

Not as much as you think. The minimum amount of space you are legally allowed to give is 1 sq foot of space per bird. But because we love our poultry, the more room you give them the better.

All poultry needs space to perch at night and space to peck around during the day. Make sure you are happy with the amount of poultry you buy, and that they will all fit on the perch in the house.

2. Is live poultry easy to keep?

Probably easier than you think. Poultry generally doesnít need much attention as long as they are safe from mr fox and have plenty of water and food available. If you let your poultry run free around the garden they will need more looking after. You need to make sure they donít go too far and they arenít attacked by any other animal.

Like any animal, your poultry does sometimes get ill, and if they do its best to ask someone who has a lot of experience at dealing with poultry. If you need any help and advice please feel free to contact us.

3. Who can I turn to for help and advice?

We are here to help you if you need any information or advice. You can call us, send us an email or visit us in our garden centre if you need any help. Visit our contact us page for more information.

4. What are the costs involved?

The most substantial cost involved in keeping poultry are their house and their run. A good quality poultry house can cost £300 to over £1000. You can find cheap housing very easily but it tends to be very poor quality and won't last longer than a year or so. To do things properly its best to invest in something with a bit better quality.

Laying chickens are relatively cheap to buy Ė from £15 to £20 each. Food costs are no more than £15 per bag and you can buy decent plastic feeders and waterers for around £20 each. If your poultry does fall ill taking them to the vets can be very costly. You can always contact us or help and advice.

5. How do I keep my poultry healthy?

The most important thing is to keep them fed properly and with clean water in their pen everyday. Keeping their house cleaned out is also important. It stops bacteria and nasty little animals growing. A common problem is red mite which live in the wood of the houses.

There are plenty of vitamin supplements that can keep your chickens healthy and there are also lots of things for killing mites and other little nasties.

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