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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about keeping poultry? Check out our FAQs and Glossary for more help and information…

Check out our Poultry FAQs for more help and guidance

Are there any restrictions to keeping chickens?

You should check your property title deeds, tenancy agreement and/or local by-laws for clauses relating to keeping poultry.

Can I keep any breed of chicken?

The breed that is right for you will depend on a number of factors including your poultry-keeping experience, how much space you have, what sort of egg production you are looking for. Our Poultry Team will be happy to advise you on the right birds for you and your situation.

Do your birds come with a guarantee?

All hybrid hens purchased from us come with a 28-day guarantee. You will receive a slip with your purchase explaining everything that is covered. All our contact details will be on there too, so you know how to get a hold of us if you need any advice or assistance. You can see our Poultry Guarantee here.

Are your birds fully vaccinated?

Prior to being delivered, all our hybrid hens are fully vaccinated against all major poultry diseases and variant strains.

How do I clip my birds’ wings?

We will always offer to clip your birds’ wings for you when you purchase, but should you want to do them yourself, please refer to our care sheet for instructions.

How old are your birds when they arrive?

Our hybrid hens arrive in stock for sale at 16 weeks old.

What do you feed your birds?

We feed our birds layers pellets. We tend to use Heygates as this product uses quality ingredients to provide the most beneficial nutrients required to help your hens lay the best quality eggs. The time each bag lasts will depend on the size of birds in your flock. Feel free to give your birds a treat in the shape of mixed corn but do not do so in large amounts as your birds will consume less pellets and the quality of eggs produced will suffer.

Please see our care sheet on feeding for more information

Chicken Glossary

BANTAM – Small size chickens and cockerels.

BROODY – Term used for a chicken sitting on the nest in the hope of hatching some eggs.

COCKEREL – Male bird.

COMB – The pink/red fleshy part on the top of the hen or cockerel’s head. Larger on cockerels than hens.

CROP – A ‘pouch’ where the food is stored at the base of the neck. When full of food in the evening it can be clearly felt.

FERTILE EGGS – Eggs from chickens that have been with a cockerel. You can still eat these.

HYBRIDS – Chickens of mixed parents and grandparents, selected for their egg productivity.

MOULT – When the feathers are shed and re-grown.  Usually occurs annually in the Autumn.

POINT OF LAY – The point at which hens start to lay eggs.

PULLETS – Female chickens under 1 year old.

PURE BREEDS – ‘Pedigree’ chickens (the chicks will resemble the parents).

WATTLES – The red fleshy parts hanging below the chicken’s chin/beak -much larger on cockerels than hens.

If you need any help or advice on your poultry journey contact our team today!

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See why our customers love the Poultry Centre

Good place for poultry shopping
Niaz Chowdhury
Niaz Chowdhury
18:15 17 Feb 20
Fantastic knowledgeable assistance, nothing seems to be too much trouble very friendly, the hens we bought seems to be very healthy and happy hens.
Steve Dransfield
Steve Dransfield
16:27 03 Oct 19
loved it
Christine Garland
Christine Garland
15:08 29 Sep 19
Excellent place to visit if you keep poultry, range of food and birds is very good
Stuart Coull
Stuart Coull
08:50 15 Sep 19
Good place for buying poultry
Owen de'ath
Owen de'ath
18:44 13 Sep 19
Lots of lovely chickens and ducks to choose from. They also have quail and Guinea fowl. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff throughout.
Mandy Taylor
Mandy Taylor
19:38 05 Jul 19
Very knowledgeable and friendly. Happy to offer advise and help.
Gavin Damon
Gavin Damon
23:21 15 Jan 19
Knowegable staff and a huge selection to choose from!
Lisa Damon
Lisa Damon
08:37 23 Dec 18
We had great fun choosing our new hens, really helpful team and great advice, thanks to John and Maisie! 🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔
Sharon Law
Sharon Law
09:33 24 Nov 18
Wonderful garden and poultry centre. We recently went here to buy two ducks and two chickens. The staff member we spoke to was incredibly knowledgeable and seemed very passionate about his job. It was a great experience and will be going back again soon to say "hi" and buy some more poultry feed. The cafe is lovely and we enjoy eating there, though the wait time can be a little uncomfortable for the kids if you go at a busy period.
Lynne Davies
Lynne Davies
19:26 05 Oct 18
Good for chicken keeping
Duncan Harrison
Duncan Harrison
10:57 21 Sep 18
Amazing place
richard elsworth
richard elsworth
08:59 11 Sep 18
We went to have a look around after moving to the area. 6 months later we have over 30 chickens and ducks. Staff are brilliant and friendly.
Craig Smith
Craig Smith
13:46 01 Sep 18
My wife and I went there knowing nothing and left with four beautiful chickens and the kit and knowledge that we needed to keep chickens.We can't praise this establishment enough. BRILLIANT.
Steven Parker-Routh
Steven Parker-Routh
19:49 26 Jul 18
Amazingly helpful staff who are very k knowledgeable
GnT Lovell
GnT Lovell
12:59 23 Jun 18
Great place, great people running it.
Simone Pickles
Simone Pickles
13:51 27 May 18
Very good place to visit
Martin Hallam
Martin Hallam
11:30 26 May 18
Have brought all our chickens from them. Friendly helpful staff
Andy Sammons
Andy Sammons
21:08 18 May 18
Really knowledgeable staff and very friendly
Olaf Nixon
Olaf Nixon
08:40 19 Mar 17
Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Minty Maynard
Minty Maynard
13:15 22 Dec 15

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WHERE TO FIND US
Watling Street
Towcester
Northants
NN12 6GX
United Kingdom

HOW TO CALL US
01327 354 126

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Sunday: 10:30am to 4:30pm

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