Parsons Nose (Popes Nose)

A fleshy protrusion at the back of the fowl where the tail feathers grow from. It houses an oil gland which keeps the feathers in good condition. Pipping The act of breaking out of the shell at hatching. The chick breaks the shell by pushing it out with its ‘egg tooth.’ This may take from…


Parasites are easily picked up in flocks. The most common are red mites, lice and in some areas fleas. Proprietary sprays or natural products eg. Derris Dust can be purchased to treat them.


The annual loss and regrowth of a chicken’s feathers. During the moult which can last up to 3 months, the hens will stop laying.

Mareks Disease

A virus mainly affecting young chicks/birds. Once contracted it is fatal. In large flocks chicks are vaccinated as day olds. In small flocks it is not practical.


Equipment used to maintain suitable conditions for hatching eggs. Basically an insulated box with controls for Temperature, Ventilation and Humidity.


An enlargement of the gullet used to hold food until it is passed for digestion. The crop is noticeable in the front of the chest after the fowl has eaten.