Four of our new hi-line hens. This was from a good few years ago now but I just like the picture

The famous 6: Our quail at Becketts Farm Shop. Note the Townsend Farm Quail fresh and pickled eggs to the right hand side.

Our r-com 20 incubator. Notice the difference in the actual temperature and the temperature on the digital display. I have now recalabrated the incubator however I also have a hydrometer/thermometer on the inside of the incubator just to be on the safe side!

Some 14 day old Texas, Japanese and Italian chicks. We always have youngstock for sale so please feel free to call for more information.

Some Japanese layers eating from the style of feeders we used to use. These made feeding really easy you don’t have to open any cages to top them up. Note the mesg inside the feeders. This stops them literally shovelling the feed out of the feeder when you first top it up. They do this by sweeping their heads left and right.

One of our homemade brooders that we kept in the garage. This shows just how easy and cheap rearing Quail can be.

View of one side or our main quail shed we had before we moved house. We now keep the birds in stables. Note the automatic water feeders at the rear of the shed that run off the header tank above them. (Old fermentation barrel) We only have to fill this once a week to water 45 birds. Easier than filling water hoppers! We have also installed bulkhead lights to the left and right halfway down aswell as a ceiling light so as the bottom pens get plenty of light too.

The workers: well our kids anyway. From left: Beth, James, Georgia and Chloe.

A blue scaled quail cock. We don’t keep these anymore.

A pair of blue scaled quail posing nicely for the camera.

An outside view of one of our laying sheds we used before we moved house. This shed housed 70 laying hens comfortably. The doors can be closed in the winter although I have made one of the doors a stable type door so as this can be left open all the way or just a little to allow a circulation of fresh air.

An internal view of the above shed. It is an 8x6ft shiplap shed that I have adapted. I have made an upstairs over half of the shed to give the birds more room and good exercise too climbing/flying up and down the ramp. There are auto waters and large hanging feeders that only have to be filled twice a week. The birds have really settled in well and love basking/dust bathing in the sun.

Two chocolate hens and a range cock.

Jumbo Japanese hens.

Jumbo Italian hens.

An exceptional hen. 14.75oz! Not the biggest as we have had one over 15oz but the bugger wouldn’t keep still on scales!

A large Japanese cock. We have gone over 13oz with a couple now!