Neil Armitage (525)

I am an experienced poultry keeper who has been raising chickens for over 20 years in challenging conditions in Yorkshire, UK. I am passionate about helping people learn about and enjoy the benefits of keeping chickens. I love raising chickens because they are such friendly and productive animals, providing me with fresh eggs, meat, and fertiliser, and they are a lot of fun to watch.
how much and how often to feed your chickens.

How much do you feed to chickens

a flock of Altsteirer chickens

The Altsteirer or Styrian chicken breed profile

A bantam chicken in a show cage at a poultry event

The A to Z of chicken breeds

An infestation of red mites in a chicken coop.

Tackling the dreaded red mite in chickens.

How to sex chickens.

Sexing chicks. 10 ways that work and 8 that do not.

Earthworms raised for chickens

Earthworms for chickens.

A chicken enjoying a dust bath in the sunshine.

Dust baths for chickens and what to fill them with

Taming and training your chickens

How to tame and train chickens. With an 8 week guide.

Can and should chickens be laying eggs in winter

How to get hens to lay eggs in winter.

A rooster drinking fresh clean water

Wading through the watering of chickens!

A soft shelled egg laid by a hybrid chicken

Why are my chickens laying soft or thin-shelled eggs?

Some of my chickens perched on a roost in the chicken coop

The lowdown on roosts, roosting and perches with FAQ.

two chickens eating lemon slices

Can chickens eat Citrus Fruits?

The crop is easily seen on this barnevelder chicken

Crop problems, prevention and treatment

A chicken foot with a classic case of Bumblefoot.

Bumblefoot in chickens, the risks, treatment and prevention

Chickens can have bananas and will eat the skin if chopped up small.

Can chickens eat bananas

A chickens eating strawberries from my hand.

Can chickens eat strawberries and other types of berry fruit.

Mealworms for chickens

Mealworms for chickens

Vaccinated chicken free ranging

Is vaccinating chickens necessary?

A rat in a cage trap

Dealing with rats when you have chickens

An egg in a nest, just what every backyard chicken keeper wants

Chicken nesting boxes, everything you need to know.

a guide to the symptoms chickens show when they are ill and what to do about it.

The sick chicken symptom checker.

Help people with chickens, a guide to charities

A list opf resources to the most common questions in poultry keeping


Can western keepers learn from a study in Rural India?

A barnevelder cockerel with impressive feathers

Chicken Feathers

Some of my chickens in winter.

How to insulate a chicken coop in the UK.

Some of my re-homed ex battery chickens

Rehoming ex-battery or rescue chickens

Two common types of Hybrid chicken

Meet the Hybrids

How do you find the best hatching eggs on ebay.

Buying eBay hatching eggs a quick and simple guide

The results of a test hatch from my new Hampshire red bantams.

Incubate and hatch chicken eggs from start to finish.

A row of pretty pekins on a perch in the garden

Amazing pictures of chickens - Gallery

Chickens eating their food

What else is eating your chickens feed?

What to do if one or more of your chickens are not eating properly.

One or more of my chickens is not eating

Chickens love to be free range but what plants must they not eat.

Plants that are poisonous for chickens

Hens in the nest where they should be

My Hens are laying on the floor or outside.

A flock of chickens is going to have its problems.

Chicken keeping problems

Just how much money can you make from a flock of chickens and how long does it take

Does Poultry keeping pay? 7 ways to profit from chickens.

A brooding hen on  a nest with her day old chicks

Looking after the Brooding Hen and her Chicks

My chickens in a dust bath that has been treated with Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth and how to use it for chickens

An egg having been eaten by a chicken.

The surprising reasons chickens eat their own eggs and 9 ways to deal with it.

The eggs collected for out recent testing.


An incubator full of chicks after a sucessful hatch

Breeding Chickens


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