Coloured Hybrids

Coloured hybrids are based on combinations of some of the best traditional breeds.

This crossing provides healthy stock well suited for the free range situation and which will produce high egg numbers.The hens are similar to those used in commercial free range units but are reared on our own small farm under our personal supervision.

Commercial Hybrids

Commercial hybrid chickens are particular commercial crossbreeds based on those originally selected in the 1950s for the battery cage producers seeking to vastly increase production over the traditional pure breeds.

They are derived from just a few of the more productive pure breeds and are generally brown in colour; of uniform size and shape and produce 250 -300 eggs over 2 years.

These will be cheaper than other poultry as they are reared in large numbers and are ideal where your primary interest is in providing fresh eggs for the family at minimum cost.

Pure Breeds

Clogher Valley Eggs and Poultry offers a range of traditional pure breeds of poultry suitable for free range and garden situations.

These hens are mainly supplied between February and October but delivery can be arranged throughout the year if required. All are available individually or in small lots suitable for the breeder or family interested in supplying their eggs direct from their own small flock.

To ensure that we meet our exacting quality standards we concentrate on a few breeding lines and exhibit many of these at local and National Shows. Each breed has its own distinct appearance and characteristics, which are summarised below.

Please come and see us at local Shows or contact us on Andrew 07812 138528 for further information; to discuss your requirements and for details of availability and cost.

Keeping Chickens

  • Questions to ask before you start? +

    Keeping chickens can be an extremely satisfying pastime with the added bonus of providing fresh eggs for family and friends. It does however require sustained commitment so before you start you should ask yourself some important questions. Do I have time to give the birds the care they need? A Read More
  • Choosing a Breed +

    Hybrids. Commercial hybrid chickens are particular commercial crossbreeds based on those originally selected in the 1950s for the battery cage producers seeking to vastly increase production over the traditional pure breeds. They are based on just a few of the more productive pure breeds and are generally brown in colour; Read More
  • Housing +

    As explained earlier housing for hens does not need to be large or elabotate as long as it provides the essential requirements of shelter, protection, and sufficient space to exercise their basic instincts to roost and scratch. There are huge array of poultry houses on the market or you can Read More
  • Feeding +

    Poultry will eat most things but like all animals they require a balanced diet for good health and best performance. The best way to achieve this is by feeding ready mixed compound feeds. These are available from commercial manufacturers and are designed to meet the chicken's dietary requirements at every Read More
  • Eggs +

    Young hens or pullets start to lay at about 20 weeks of age. Commercial laying hens can lay over 300 eggs per year although this is much lower for some of the older breeds and those bred for meat production. Flocks do not require to include a rooster or cock Read More
  • Flock Management +

    It is helpful in managing any flock to understand bird behaviour. Chickens have a well developed social structure based on the “pecking order”. The dominant hen is at the top of this order and can peck all beneath her. The second tier can peck those below them but not the Read More
  • Pests and Diseases +

    As with all livestock, chickens do occasionally fall ill and if in doubt you should consult a veterinary surgeon. However good management will prevent many diseases and lead to early recognition of others. Four key principles will, if applied correctly, go a long way to minimising disease problems. Read More
  • Breeding and Rearing Chickens +

    Breeding and raising poultry can be very rewarding, especially watching them hatch as chicks and then grow into mature adults. You can either breed your own stock or purchase “hatching eggs” which will be already fertilised and ready for incubation. If you decide to breed your own birds then you Read More
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