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Purebred poultry in Herefordshire. Selling hatching eggs to point of lay hens.

Cuckoo Marans
Cuckoo Marans
Wheaten Marans
Wheaten Marans
Copper Black Marans
Copper Black Marans
Silver-laced Wyandotte
Silver-laced Wyandotte
Cream Legbar
Cream Legbar
Green-legged Polish Partridge Fowl
Green-legged Polish Partridge Fowl
Norfolk Grey
Norfolk Grey

Photographs

All the photographs on this website were taken by me which accounts for the variation in quality. 

FOR SALE.

I have got a small selection of quality cockerels for sale, including Cuckoo Marans, Cream legbars and Silver Laced Wyandottes. These have been carefully selected and I would be happy to use any of them on my own hens.

2017

The year started with the threat of bird flu and the prospect of birds being confined to their houses which has a serious effect on fertility rates. Thankfully by the end of February the birds were out and all the breeds here were laying well and I managed to catch up with hatching egg orders and fill the incubator. 

At the end of 2016 I purchased a Masalles incubator from Interhatch which has not only helped hatch rates but has greatly improved the quality and vitality of the chicks.

All the breeds have performed really well with the exception of the Norfolk Greys where I had a cockerel that was only just fertile and left very few chicks. I have also been short of Cuckoo Maran pullets all season as the cockerels have outnumbered the pullets two to one.

The hatching egg orders have greatly increased since last year and may well have contributed to our local Post Office manager leaving in September to seek a quieter life.

I would like to thank my courier Paul Field who is based in Ireland for helping me to deliver birds.I would also like to thank all those customers that have come from all parts of the country to pick up birds. Some have driven many miles and I can only be thankful that we live in a beautiful part of the world that people want to visit, but also that The Salutation in Weobley does a very good lunch.

I am keeping all the same breeds in 2018. They include both Splash Marans and Copper Blue Marans that are not among the pictures on the home page. 

 

 Grass and Egg colour

The one important feature that all the breeds of hen that we keep here have in common is that they eat a significant amount of grass. The best grazier is the Norfolk Grey but grass is an important part of all their diets as it gives the eggs a distinct flavour and helps to reduce the feed bill. Amongst our hens we have a range of egg colours, from the dark reddish brown of the Marans to the greeney/blue of the Legbars and the white of the Green-legged Polish Partridge Fowl. 

Breeding

I have been involved in agriculture nearly all my working life and I have tried to bring the same rules and objectives to poultry breeding that I used when breeding pedigree cattle and sheep.

I try to buy the best cockerels I can find to suppliment my homebred ones. I keep spare cockerels on hand so that I can rotate  between different groups of hens. This keeps the cockerels keen and helps to maintain high levels of fertility in our hatching eggs.

I believe that to keep my poultry healthy and vigorous it is vital to use unrelated cockerels. The genetic base of a rare breed like the Norfolk Grey is so narrow that it is quite a challenge but it is still important.

I have also tried to ensure that our hens are as true to type as possible. Far too often at poultry sales there are poultry breeds such as Cuckoo Marans and Cream Legbars that bear no resemblance to the breed standards of those hens, and buyers then wonder why they produce poor quality eggs of the wrong colour. 

 

Feeding and Housing

Much has been written about the feeding and housing of poultry. A quality feed is essential together with access to grit to get the best out of your laying hens. Most household waste is unsuitable but green vegetables are particularly good in winter months when the grass has stopped growing.  It is best to avoid giving them fatty glutenous products, and too much bread is not good for hens.

The breeding hens at Lower Brockaly run in large grass pens and live in dry airy houses with plenty of room.  From time to time I rotate sheep round the pens to act as lawnmowers, and keep the grass short and thick.  Most of the nestboxes are plastic to help reduce red mite, but nevertheless a continual program of red mite control is carried out 

All young stock are reared with access to extensive runs giving them plenty of grass and allowing them to forage so they grow up naturally.

Visitors are very welcome by prior appointment. Ring 01544 388270; mobile 07970 197619,  or email: pembridgepoultry@hotmail.com.

  

 

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