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Chicken therapy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tom and his dad Robert assemble a coop

Chickens are good for you. They can be particularly helpful if you are feeling depressed. Thomas, 22, from South London, wrote to tell us his story

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Tumours in chickens

Monday, August 10, 2015
Suspected SCC in the face of a chicken Inset: leukosis tumours in the liver at post-mortem

Lethargy and lack of appetite are among the symptoms of tumours

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It's essential for your flock to have a supply of clean, cool, fresh water each day.

Water is absolutely vital for your chickens. Julie Moore explains

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Herd Mentality?

Monday, August 10, 2015
Hens sunbating inside

Birds of a feather don’t just flock together- they also preen, dust-bathe and retire to sleep at the same time, says Grant Brereton

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Learn chicken chat

Monday, July 13, 2015
Animals, including chickens, share a common language with us - telepathy.

There is a secret to communicating with chickens. Julie Moore talks to a pioneer in animal communication who explains how it is done

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Well done Ivy!

Monday, July 13, 2015
Ivy with one of her chicks, a Fayoumi

Charlotte Popescu tells an elderly Welsummer saves the day when a broody hen abandons her eggs

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Are yours tame?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Sitting on the grass and being at their level works best.

There is an art to taming chicks and chickens. By doing so, you will find henkeeping so much more rewarding. Julie Moore shows you how

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The best sellers

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Pam's free ranging Buff Orpingtons with barred Plymouth Rocks and a Welsummer in the background at Blackwater

What are the most popular chicken breeds with buyers? Charlotte Popescu visited three poultry breeders to find out

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Henkeeping USA

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Lisa with Violet in the pasture

Lisa Steele is a keen henkeeper in the United States – and a fan of Your Chickens magazine! Lisa has a chickens blog with a huge following Stateside. Here she reflects on our shared interests – and the differences in henkeeping across the Pond

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Starting to hatch

Monday, May 11, 2015
Charlotte's flock in fine form now spring is here

Charlotte Popescu talks about how one broody hen starts... then another takes over

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My first course

Monday, May 11, 2015
Flora has her wings clipped

Jo Barlow shares the delights of chicken keeping by running a workshop

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A breed specialist

Monday, May 11, 2015
Geoff with a Blue-Silver 'split' male

‘Poultry Pals’ Andy Cawthray and Grant Brereton continue their visits to leading poultry keepers. This month they talk to a specialist breeder, Geoff Parker, from the Wirral

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Are cats a risk?

Friday, April 17, 2015
A cat keeping a respectful distance from my birds.

Advice from our expert Julie Moore

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Dealing with AGGRO

Friday, April 17, 2015
An Orpington hen suffering from treding/mating

Chickens get angry and frustrated, just like we do. Our ‘Chicken Shrink’, psychologist Dr Nicola Davies, explores the reasons behind these emotions, how they are displayed, and what solutions are available.

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The IB menace

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A healthy bird. But be vigilant...

This is a disease discovered in the USA and only the chicken is naturally infected. The virus can remain latent (dormant) in the chicken for several months.

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Charlotte Popescu's flock

The latest news from Charlotte Popescu’s large flock

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Rob Norris

Jeremy Hobson meets a man who combines an interest in cicken keeping with another hobby - fly fishing! Rob Norris, from Hampshire, uses discarded feathers to make artificial flies

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A brown egg with some of the pigment rubbed off

Tips for chicken keepers by chicken keepers; why eggs can lose their colour, what to do if you’re concerned about pecking and ex-battery hens laying eggs

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Are you Eggspecting?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
When will you find the first egg in the nest box?

Julie Moore explains what signs reveal your chicken is ready to lay, and how you can help prepare your pullets for their big day.

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Why grass is good for chickens

Monday, February 16, 2015
My birds do what's natural - foraging for all manner of green plants and insects.

Chickens who can roam free range on grass are healthier and produce better eggs. Julie Moore explains.

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Mean chicks

Monday, February 16, 2015
Sarkozy, on the right, plucking up courage....

Martin Gurdon’s cockerel tried to impress the ladies of the roost - but things didn’t quite go to plan

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Hen that may have a worm burden

Back garden chickens are very susceptible to worms. Poultry vet Victoria Roberts offers her expert advice.

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Watching chicks grow is lovely... but some chicks will become cockerels!

Help, Advice and tips for chicken keepers by chicken keepers

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French Hens: Gimpy keeps guard

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Gimpy is still game for some action

Janine Marsh: An infirm chicken makes an impression on a French neighbour…

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At the Sunshine Centre: Maria Bone, Mel Tomlinson, Lisa Bannister and Lorissa Merritt

Bring me Sunshine: Rob Morris visits a centre where chickens provide vital help to those with disabilities

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