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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    Pet Care Guinea Pigs Chickens Rabbits Trade Enquiries Articles Search Site Guinea Pig Hutches and Runs Rabbit Hutches and Runs Dog Kennels All Chicken Coops Henrietta s House Sorry The product you are looking for could not be found Home

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/start.php?page=_shopcat&pid=8197 (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    Chickens Rabbits Trade Enquiries Articles Search Site Guinea Pig Hutches and Runs Rabbit Hutches and Runs Dog Kennels All Chicken Coops Henrietta s House Sorry the shop category you are looking for cannot be found Main Categories Main Categories Guinea Pig Hutches and Runs Rabbit Hutches and Runs Dog Kennels All Chicken Coops Henrietta s House If you have any questions about any of our products please call our sales

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/start.php?page=shop&shop_cat_id=19640 (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    obviously its not a good idea to place large fowl with bantams so make sure your hens will be roughly the same size Also ages of birds to be mixed must be as near to each other as possible any young pullets put with older hens can be bullied so do your research and do not impulse buy Also remember to select birds which will meet your housing needs so if your tight on space or have a small hen house and run Bantams will obviously be a good choice Take time to pick a suitable source to buy your birds from also Purchases from markets are best avoided as they can be a hotbed of disease and infection as you will not see the conditions of which birds are kept Its far better for you to buy from a reputable breeder who will take the time to take you through things if you are a novice some breeders even give taster sessions before purchasing covering certain aspects of poultry care The conditions birds are kept in will be a good indicator to your bird s health Look for clean shavings on the floor of the chicken houses clean feeders

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/selecting-birds/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 Food and Water 27 08 2010 As a rule it s best to locate feeders inside the chicken coop This prevents the feed being spoilt by rain and stops unwanted wild birds taking a free meal and generally contaminating near your birds with their faeces which could spread diseases Feeders should be placed on a block or hung from the coop ceiling so your own birds don t spoil their food with bedding etc Putting lids on your feeders will also stop them from perching on the lids of the feeders Drinkers should be a sufficient size to keep your birds going for a whole day When they go to roost they will not drink overnight so drinkers can be kept outside of the actual hen house but covered if possible Don t be tempted to place them in the chicken coop as this can be a recipe for disaster Spillages will lead to wetness on the birds litter promoting growth of mould and other undesirable organisms Also this will create dampness in the atmosphere and increases the risk of respiratory problems Remember on a hot dry day to

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/food-and-water/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    These should be moved onto fresh grass every 2 3 days otherwise a build up of feaces could sour the ground leaving birds open to parasites If this cannot be achieved in the space you have runs can be placed on wood chippings not bark as sometimes this is coloured in garden centres and can be poisonous to your pets They will need to be topped up with fresh chippings on a regular basis If you only have room for a 6ft by 4ft house and similar sized run then maybe bantams would suit you better than large fowl As well as being vermin proof your coop needs to be constructed to prevent other predators such as foxes stoats or mink Your hen house will also need to be damp free and well ventilated vital for preventing respiratory diseases Next there will need to be space for your birds to perch comfortably without fighting We recommend 8 inches per bird and although this doesn t sound much they like to be close enough to keep warm on winter nights when shut into their housing Perches need to be positioned away from drafts and correct height for the birds using them Also to be thought about is nest boxes There should be one nest box to every 4 5 hens using the coop They don t need one each as they will be laying at different times and are happy to share them between the birds For large fowl nest boxes will need to be 30x30x30cm and smaller than this for bantams Your chicken coop needs to be large enough so on a wet rainy day all your birds can shelter in comfort inside it If accommodation is too small for the number of birds you have then those at the

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/housing/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    crop at the base of the neck It should be the size of a golf ball If its empty too large or very hard this can pose problems for the bird Vent Around the base of the vent is a good place to check for lice infestations You will see white crusts stuck to the base of the feathers which are the lice eggs If there present you will see the lice run quite clearly Northern mite will also be found in the vent area but this time look for dark specs they are slower than lice The feathers below the vent should be clean and fluffy If their covered in faeces this indicates diarrhoea Legs Smooth scales are healthy legs Legs with crusts and raised scales can indicate scaly leg mite You can smother the legs in vasoline of get sprays from a feed merchant which will kill the little mites causing the problem Plumage Feathers should be smooth and shiny Problems to check for are lice these parasites are 2 3mm long and can be dealt with by insecticidal powders from vets or feed stores Body Condition Check the breastbone and muscles if a birds is very thin

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/tips-to-spot-healthy-birds---part-2/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    give them the best husbandry levels you can Fresh water is of the utmost importance to your hens They really need fresh water on a daily basis so don t think its ok to let your hygiene standards slip There are many drinkers galvanised or plastic which store fresh water and allow it to release slowly into the bottom tray ensuring that it keeps fresh These are the easiest and

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/fresh-water/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    may mean not being able to keep chickens at all You will still hear them when they are shut away in the chicken house 3 DEFRA need to be informed if you keep more than 50 birds This includes poultry and waterfowl 4 Poultry should be checked on at least twice a day to make sure they are in good health and have adequate food water and shelter They also need to be securely shut away in their coop at dusk 5 Green vegetables are fine to feed to chickens but feeding table scraps is not allowed Bread can be fed but in small quantities remember it may contain salt and additives 6 Chickens need a supply of grit to grind down their food in their gizzards If egg shells are thin crushed oyster shell will help as a calcium supplement 7 Grey dust on ledges inside the hen ark is a sure sign of red mite Other signs to watch for are hens reluctant to go into the house and a decline in egg laying Red mite will suck the birds blood and cause anaemia so prompt action is needed Spray the coop every 7 days with poultry shield

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/10-poultry-facts/ (2016-02-09)
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