If you are considering keeping poultry then read our guides below about keeping chickens or keeping ducks as pets in the back garden.  We also welcome you to telephone us for free advice on keeping poultry.

Keeping chickens

Keeping chickens will add life to your garden and provide you with hours of pleasure, whether it be from collecting their eggs or simply watching them scratching around.  You might even find yourself talking to them!  They will certainly talk to you and once they get to know you, they will come running to you on sight.

They are easy and cheap to feed and their eggs will provide you with the ingredients for a variety of meals - what more could you ask for?

Chickens do not need a huge space to live happily, you may decide to give them free range of your garden or simply let them roam in a small area or within an enclosed chicken run.  

When choosing a house for your chickens, consider how many chickens you intend to keep and ensure you will easily be able to get to it to lock them away at night.   

You can purchase layers pellets or mash to feed to your chickens daily in a specially made feeder and also a handful of corn always goes down well.  They must have a good supply of clean water and the best way to keep this is in a specially made drinker.  Also, chickens need grit to sustain their digestive system and to make their egg shells hard.  

Hens will lay eggs whether or not you have a cockerel but bear in mind that if you keep a cockerel your neighbours might not like their singing! 

A big decision will be which breed of chickens to buy.  We breed and sell a range of hybrid and pure breed hens suited to back garden chicken keeping, please feel free to call us for advice and check availability.

Keeping Ducks

Ducks make wonderful pets and they lay delicious eggs.  They will control the insects in your garden, act as handy lawnmowers and bring you endless entertainment with their antics. 
There are many breeds of duck that don't need a pond, simply a bowl of water can be enough water supply but they must have enough water to clean their eyes.  A toddler’s rigid plastic paddling pool makes an ideal splashing pool if you don’t have a pond.  They can live happily with other poultry and are easy to feed and keep. 

Some breeds of duck like the Indian Runner ducks or Campbell ducks can lay up to 280 eggs a year.

Ducks can live for up to 15 years being your constant companion but one that doesn’t need walking like a dog and ducks shouldn’t cost you a fortune in vets' bills as they rarely get ill and keep themselves impeccably clean.

We don’t recommend keeping one duck as it will get lonely.  Male ducks make less noise than the females, some of the quietest breeds are Indian Runner ducks and Campbell ducks. 
Ducks’ feathers are coated with oil to make them waterproof, hence the saying “Like water off a duck’s back”.

To get started with keeping ducks you will need a suitable house which is situated where you can easily let them out in the morning and shut them away at night away from foxes and other predators.

Duck houses vary in style, size, colour and design and include duck houses suitable for the back garden or for situating on the bank of a pond.  

Our range of floating duck houses which you can situate on a pond, keeping the ducks away from predators at night is very popular with pond owners.  These floating duck houses can be anchored to the bottom of the pond or tethered to the bank.  Floating duck boxes make very attractive features on the water.

Ducks like to feel snug so a small entrance to their duck house is best, they like to squeeze through the duck house door and then they feel secure.

When considering which breed of duck you would like to keep, consider the size of bird, their looks and also egg laying capability.  Some ducks are quiet while others like "call ducks" can be very noisy.  Also, consider the age of the ducks you are buying as ducklings need more care than fully grown ducks.  Ducklings must not be put onto a pond straight away, they need to be fully feathered and introduced to water gradually, starting with shallow water on a tray and gradually increasing the depth.

Please telephone for full details of our availability of ducks.

We can deliver your duck house or you can collect it if you prefer.  

Ducks are for sale on a collection only basis by prior arrangement. 

We provide everything you need to get started with keeping ducks in your back garden or back yard, please see our starter pack page. 

We breed Indian runner ducks, Khaki Campbell ducks, Aylesbury ducks, Silver Appleyard and White Campbell ducks.  All these breeds make ideal back garden pets and will provide a great supply of eggs.  If you are considering keeping ducks please feel free to call for more information or advice.