Breeders of True, Rare & Ornamental Purebred Bantams, - Belle Bantams UK
  March & April
  March
 
Your Chickens are now beginning to come  into lay as it becomes warmer. The clocks go forward and jobs will increase as you can spend more time outside in the garden as your previous winter routine extends as both you and your Chickens appreciate the sunshine.
 
You may not notice at this time of year any mites or lice, but it is a good idea to prevent an infestation from taking hold by taking precautionary measures during this month rather than waiting until you physically see any bugs on your Chickens.
 
Allow your Chickens to access grazing to reduce your feed bill and fresh veg is also appreciated and is more available.
 
Our Proud Lavender Pekin Cockerel @ Belle Bantams UK
If you have chickens kept in an area that soon becomes sodden and muddied with sharp showers during the next month or so take precautions to prevent muddy conditions so eggs, drinkers and housing does not become dirty and exposed to bacteria.
 
You may find eggs are being eaten by a particular hen/hens. Introduce fake eggs to break the cycle and prevent this from happening. Do try to get the right size an colour eggs as Chickens are not that silly that they can't 'see' the difference.
 
Chicks enjoying the Sunshine.
  April
 
This is where the problem of Mites, Fleas and Lice can overtake you if you have not made regular checks in the previous months. Make regular checks of all of your stock to avoid loss.
 
Red Mites can take 5% of a chicken's blood in one night and over a period of time this can have a devastating effect on your Chickens and can become very difficult to irradicate.
 
Nasty Red Mite
 
At this time of year there will be more aggressive behaviour as new pecking orders are formed and hens begin to lay - damaged birds are a particular target and so be prepared to treat where needs be to avoid any lasting or permanent damage.
 
If you have to segregate a damaged Chicken use another hutch, but try to keep her within range of her group - if she needs a long recovery period it may become difficult for her to be reintroduced to the group without further attacks taking place.
 
where possible to avoid damage done
by Cockerels during the laying season.
 
Change wet, damp and dirty bedding regularly to avoid the chances of the spread of diseases and the growth of bacteria.
 
Ensure that your Chickens have somewhere warm, dry and safe to go
into should there be any unexpected showers.
 
Where possible raise feeders and drinkers and use ones that prevent your Chickens from perching or resting on them.