KETTERING ALLOTMENTS SOCIETY

Poultry Policy:
Keeping poultry on allotments is permitted, so long as the Society's rules and this guidelines are followed. If these are not adhered to, permission to keep poultry will be withdrawn.

GOOD POULTRY PRACTICE
 

These guidelines have been produced to provide a basic guide as to standards expected of members who keep poultry on their allotments.


CONTAINMENT

It is essential that the birds are securely contained within the allotment. Secure containment includes preventing birds from escaping by flying out as well as preventing rats, foxes or other predators getting in. Unwelcome human interference needs to be considered too. The advice of your field steward should be followed as she/he will have experience of the local conditions on your field.

RATS

As mentioned above, the structures must be built to prevent rats from entering or living there. It is recommended that all structures be lined with strong wire mesh too fine for a rat to squeeze through. Poultry food should not be stored on the plot, but taken to and from the allotment daily. Only enough food that can be eaten by poultry in 40 minutes should be given at a time, as any surplus will be wasted - you are feeding the rats not your poultry. Any signs of rats should be reported to your field steward or the secretary and effective measures taken by you to eliminate them - poison, traps etc.

HOUSING


In addition to effective containment, housing is also key in ensuring the welfare of your birds and should allow natural behaviour.
*The henhouse should be minimum size of 2 sq feet per chicken, with a fully enclosed shelter that provides protection from predators.
* Clean dry bedding, best are wood shavings or straw
* Warmth in winter months and shade in the summer
* Perches for sleeping on.
* Nest boxes for laying eggs
* Outdoor run, minimum of 4 sq feet per bird.
* You should provide them with plenty of space to dig , dust themselves and flap their wings.
BOTH HOUSING AND RUNS SHOULD BE REGULARLY MAINTAINED TO A GOOD TIDY STANDARD.

FEED

Your chickens should have access to
•    Clean fresh water daily.
•    120 grams of layer pellets and corn daily which is an appropriate diet that is nutritional
•    Insoluble grit to aid digestion.
•    Food stuff must be kept clean and dry and properly protected from rodents by removing it from the plot each day.


HEALTH

It is your responsibility to monitor and maintain a flock free from distress, pain, injury and disease  
We expect members to maintain high standards of welfare for their birds in a clean and tidy housing. In this way, everyone can enjoy the presence of poultry.


FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH YOUR TENANCY AGREEMENT RULES OR MEET THE MINIMUM STANDARDS IN THESE GUIDELINES MAY RESULT IN TERMINATION OF YOUR ALLOTMENT TENANCY

Further guidance - see this leaflet from the NSALG (Click here for link).

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