Poul­try providers

Where to source good qual­ity stock

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month -

At this time of year, with sun­nier, warmer weather on the way, many small­hold­ers think about adding to their ex­ist­ing flocks of poul­try. Whether you’re think­ing about get­ting more lay­ers, try­ing out meat birds, guinea fowl, ducks or geese, it’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to source your birds from a rep­utable source. Af­ter all, you want to buy-in poul­try from de­cent breed­ing stock that is as healthy, happy and (hope­fully) as pro­duc­tive as one would ex­pect such a breed to be. Al­though com­mon prac­tice dic­tates that you should al­ways keep new ad­di­tions sep­a­rate from your ex­ist­ing poul­try at first, the last thing you want is to pur­chase po­ten­tially poorly birds that could im­pact on the health of your cur­rent stock.

Whilst I’m sure there are many rep­utable lo­cal sup­pli­ers in your neck of the woods, this is just one of the rea­sons why it’s also worth con­sid­er­ing buy­ing from a larger scale, na­tion­ally-minded pro­ducer. Th­ese com­pa­nies have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, of­ten sup­ply a wider range of birds and have rig­or­ous qual­ity con­trol and health-minded prac­tices in place that can make them at­trac­tive op­tions. Many also sell on a smaller scale to back yard hen keep­ers and small­hold­ers, so they are well worth a look.

Here’s our pick of just some of the best poul­try sup­pli­ers in the UK:


This fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated busi­ness has been run­ning for more than 70 years and is pas­sion­ate about an­i­mal wel­fare. Through their 18 fully ac­cred­ited poul­try farms they are widely recog­nised as one of the coun­try’s lead­ing sup­pli­ers of healthy, su­pe­rior-qual­ity birds.

Op­er­at­ing in­de­pen­dently from hatch­eries, the com­pany rears its poul­try in a care­fully de­signed barn sys­tem, al­low­ing free­dom of move­ment to pro­mote nat­u­ral be­hav­iours, well-be­ing and im­proved tem­per­a­ment.

Their team of ex­perts over­sees all vac­ci­na­tions, worm­ing and sal­mo­nella test­ing in the wide se­lec­tion of both com­mer­cial and rare breeds that they of­fer to large and small scale poul­try keep­ers alike. Na­tion­wide de­liv­ery is avail­able and cus­tomers re­ceive up­dates on their birds’ progress, pre-de­liv­ery (via email or post) as of­ten as re­quired. All birds also come with a flock his­tory pack which in­cludes a break­down of rear­ing his­tory (in­clud­ing feed in­take sheets, vac­ci­na­tions, vet anal­y­sis re­port forms, Lion Code and Free­dom Food cer­tifi­cates and pass­port(s). www.hinch­liffes.com/Chick­ens.htm

S&T Poul­try

This provider spe­cialises in poul­try breeds par­tic­u­larly suited to free-range and or­ganic pro­duc­tion. They also sup­ply a range of chick­ens, ducks, guinea fowl, tur­keys and geese to both com­mer­cial and small-scale poul­try en­thu­si­asts. Their high qual­ity birds have been bred for out­door sys­tems, and they can help cus­tomers choose which poul­try is best for their re­quire­ments. Birds can also be de­liv­ered through­out the UK and the com­pany can sup­ply a range of ta­ble birds and lay­ers un­der Soil As­so­ci­a­tion Ac­cred­i­ta­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion see www.sandt­poul­try.co.uk or call Stephen on 07885 718195.

Cyril Ba­son

One of the lead­ing UK poul­try sup­pli­ers for more than 50 years, this com­pany - based in the rolling hills of South Shrop­shire - de­liv­ers high qual­ity, com­pet­i­tively-priced lay­ing pul­lets, meat chick­ens, tur­keys, ducks and geese through­out Eng­land and Wales. All birds come fully vac­ci­nated, and can ei­ther be picked up from their Hard­ware shop in Craven Arms or de­liv­ered di­rect by one of their NFU qual­i­fied, chicken en­thu­si­ast driv­ers. The com­pany ad­vises that their birds are in high de­mand so early or­der­ing is rec­om­mended. To find out more see www.cyril­ba­son.co.uk or call 01588673204 for some chicken chat!

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