- Poultry need daily care. If you are not able to provide this you must arrange for someone with sufficient knowledge to do so in your absence.
- You must pay particular attention to providing poultry with clean water, sufficient food, and shutting them away at night, safe from predators.
- You do not need a cockerel for hens to lay eggs.
- Hens need to be fed a balanced feed all year round, especially during their first lay or during moult. They cannot achieve laying potential on scraps.
- Your poultry will be healthier if you rotate the land regularly – they should not be kept in a fixed run.
- Poultry are covered by a Welfare Code of Practice, and several regulations.
For further information or if you have any queries about feeding your poultry, then please contact our helpful and friendly team on the Smallholder Nutritional Helpline on 01362 822902