Friday, 8 April 2011

Chick Keeping Courses. Book a place now!

A wonderful and unique opportunity to gain an insight into the world of chicken keeping.
Course availability over the next 30 days;
  • Friday 15th April
  • Tuesday 19th April
  • Thursday 21st April
  • Friday 22nd April
  • Saturday 23rd April
  • BH Monday 25th April
  • Friday 29th April
  • BH Monday 2nd May
  • Tuesday 3rd MayAll courses are 2 - 4pm
Our fun, lively and informative chicken afternoons provide you with all you need to know about keeping your poultry healthy and happy.
Ideal for first time chicken owners, or those thinking about taking up chicken keeping.
We give you practical advice, tips and support in all aspects of poultry husbandry.
For those already well versed in the art of chicken maintenance, we also offer more advanced courses.
However, we like to encourage a mixed range of ability on course, so you not only learn from us, you learn from each other.
We love daft questions and are committed to making these days as fun and helpful as possible. A definite afternoon out with a difference, for all the family, in a beautiful and rural South Yorkshire location.
Once we've done all the chicken schmoozing, the Hen Party will begin. We have an informal chat, with a question and answer session in our teepee with traditional tea, cake and sandwiches. (Don't worry, there'll be no chicken sandwiches on offer!)
And of course, nobody walks away empty handed. They'll be a goody bag for every guest full of handy hints and hen treats!
Prices*Although these courses are advertised at £25 per person, prices are as follows;
  • Adults - £25 per person
  • Children (7-16) - £15 per person
  • Under 7's - Free
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) - £60
Group bookings are welcome. Or why not book a birthday party with a difference?
Come along to one of our courses, there's so much more to chicken keeping than meets the eye. A memorable experience guaranteed. x

Friday, 25 March 2011

Blitz Lice, Mites & Bugs - Naturally.....

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural but super efficient, organic way to treat outbreaks of lice, mites, red/spider mite on your hens or in the woodwork of your coops. Without getting too technical, it's basically a very fine powder that comes from fossilised shell. It's not a new product by any means. It has been used in agriculture for years and years. It is completely non-toxic and can be used as a food supplement as well as a external treatment. It also works for other animals, fleas on dogs, ants in the home, cockroaches etc... It really is a brilliant product and will blitz bugs and stop or prevent infestations without harming you, your family or your animals and pets. I am selling it in 100g bags if anyone wants some. A brilliant household investment for only £4.00 per bag. Let me know!!! Jody xxx

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Our Latest Newsletter


Could there possibly be anybody who does not find these teeny
tiny quail totally and utterly adorable?

Chinese Painted Quail or Button quail as they’re sometimes known,
are the smallest type of quail and when fully grown measure only 3inches in

(When quail hatch they are only about ½ an inch tall. (All
together now, awwww)

Anyway quail are the perfect bird to keep, especially for those
who cannot keep chickens.

This is why:

They can live indoors or outdoors….

They don’t smell….

They’re not noisy….

They lay extremely nice little eggs…. (Perfect hard boiled in

If you take them from an early age they can be tamed (My Quail
‘Nutcracker’ spends most of his evenings sitting on my shoulder, watching TV)

You want to get the person who has everything the perfect present.

Buy them a complete quail kit

A Pair of Chinese Painted Quail with starter kit for just £59.99

This Includes:

An Indoor Quail Cage,

Feeder & Drinker

Food and Bedding

And of course A pair of Chinese Painted Quail

A beautiful and unusual gift (Or just buy them for yourself)



Friday, 11 March 2011

Spring is Here!!!

Unbelievably our hens have started laying really well already and both our incubators are bursting with Legbar, Favorolle and Sussex/Silkie eggs. Hatching so far has been pretty successful and we have a happy, healthy bunch of chicks cheeping away in the brooder. Get in touch anytime for any hen advice or information or pop over and visit us. 
DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE CHINESE PAINTED QUAIL. Beautiful Quail available, all colours. Ask about our quail starter kit. Perfect for those with balconies or small/no gardens. Although they will live really happily indoors.... xxxx

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy, Healthy Hens

 Getting all my hens in tiptop condition for laying and breeding this season by using a fantastic hen health food topper.It includes linseeds, pumpkin seeds, garlic, manuka honey, lovely, big, juicy oats and liquorice root powder amongst other magical ingredients. I've just been sprinkling a little of it into their pellets every few days and my hens are loving it....
Anyone want some? £4.00 for 300g

click on the PAYPAL link below,or email me at


our hens will love you even more!!   

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Well Goodbye and GoodRiddance to January.

Seems like the weather has turned a corner (Well a little bit anyway) and it's not as mind-numbingly freezing.

Our new breeds are coming along really well and we've had our first few eggs from them which have gone straight into the incubator. Who knows..... we may have our first chicks of 2011 before the end of the month.

Just to remind you. Our 2011 breeds are;
Salmon Favorolles, Cream Legbars and Silkie Goldtops. Not forgetting our 'old faithful' hybrids. I'm pretty sure they are all going to be in high demand so get in touch asap and reserve your birds!!!....... xxxx

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Season 5 at Raw Green Cottages!

Happy New Year to everyone.

Hope it's a fantastic 2011 for all of you!

January 4th and so far I'm sticking to my New Years Resolutions including this one which is to blog, blog, blog!!!

It's all quiet down at RGC at the moment. It's really just been a case of damage limitation this last month. The snow and minus temperatures mean that just keeping our chickens warm (ish) and defrosting waters and coops is a twice daily effort. Thankfully though it seems like the warmer weather is here and it's not as bitterly cold as it has been. Our birds have managed to come through the cold spell relatively unscathed which is wonderful. Winter is always an anxious time for poultry keeping. Although they are much tougher than they look, chickens can get too cold and frostbite can also be a real problem!

So what's new for this year... Well it's all about Cream Legbars, Salmon Favorelles and Silkie Goldtops at Raw Green Cottages this season. Cream Legbars are our blue egg laying faithfuls. Universally popular with kids and adults, we are breeding them for a third year- Hooray!

The re-introduction of the Salmon Favorelle - These are amazing, friendly birds and one of my firm favourites. They look like little, chubby owls, are feather sexed (Just about) and are the nicest natured birds you could wish to meet. What's not to love?

Finally we are going to be breeding Goldtop Silkies . These are a cross between a Silkie Cockerel and a light Sussex Bantam Hen. Massively popular with kids due to their docile and quite lovely natures, they do have a tendency to go broody at the drop of an egg! So if you want to hatch your own this year- the natural way, one of these is a must. Oh and they're pink...... Love Jody xxx