Backyard Poultry


Keeping chickens can be easy, inexpensive and extremely rewarding. If you’re thinking about getting your own chickens here’s a few tips and advice to get you started…

What do I need to keep Chickens?

  • Chicken house / coop (ideally with a run or within an enclosure)
  • Feeder & drinker
  • Feed such as layers pellets or layers mash
  • Dust-free bedding (avoid products such as sawdust which can cause breathing difficulties)
  • Cleaning products


What are red mites? Can humans be affected by them?

The red mite is a miniscule blood sucking ectoparasite that lives in the cracks, crevices and joints of the coop. They are hard to spot and mostly active at night-time when they come out to feed on the hens. Preventions key! Although there are various products that can treat an infestation.They cannot live on humans and are not known to transmit disease.

Is it expensive to keep chickens?

Owning and looking after poultry should be no more expensive than the running costs of having a dog!They require a constant supply of food and water, cleaning products for the coop and if you choose, additional husbandry and dietary products. Hens eat approximately 1kg a week each of feed – so a 20kg bag to feed 4 hens,will last 5 weeks!

Do I need to worm my chickens?

Yes, like all other pets and livestock, routine worming is a key part to healthy and happy hens! You will find a qualified health advisor in each store to advise and prescribe you with the correct product.How long do Chickens live? Prolific laying hens usually live to around 3 years of age; other breeds however can have a lifespan of up to 10 years.

By Kelly Quance on 08/03/2018