Practical Affordable WATERFOWL AND POULTRY HOUSING available throughout United Kingdom
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Smallholdershop : Housing - WHICH HOUSE TO CHOOSE
These houses and runs are designed for the animals, and the people, using them.
10% off each house (not including optional extras or delivery) from all orders placed 21st November to 31st December 2016
For customers who can collect from Kintaline, we have free range reared Muirfield Black, Brown and Grey Rock pullets & a few Light Sussex for sale from now, while stocks last.
We can also supply poultry, horse, wild bird feed & bedding to local customers.
They are built to order in the UK, by an long established company, with decades of experience.
They are not the cheap poorly designed models imported from China, nor are they built by one of the new joiners, who do not know what is best for the birds, that are now so common online and in garden centres.
We offer a full range of models tailored to the varies kinds of birds, and the variety of situations found in real life.
We know that one design cannot fit all, and that fashion is not good husbandry.
We offer FREE experienced advice available to find your perfect solution.
This is an important investment.
please contact us to PLACE YOUR ORDER and check on your choices.
ALL HOUSES DELIVERED THROUGHOUT THE U.K. from John O'Groats to Land's End, and all points between, including covering the islands.
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A Guide to choosing the house that suits you and your birds.
WHY DO WE SELL THIS RANGE OF HOUSES? Because our birds, and we, think they are the best designed and the best priced on the market.
We have nearly 60 in use ourselves here at Kintaline Poultry and Waterfowl Centre in all shapes and sizes. They have been here some years now and have taken a great deal of use and battering by our fairly extreme climate for over a decade. We know how sturdy they are. We know how practical they are, and we know they do not cause the problems that poor design and inferior materials do.
They are the ONLY houses we can recommend because they work - for both ourselves and, more importantly, the birds.
We have looked at many manufacturers models - and are constantly reviewing new ones. Each one we can find faults in for some design, practicality or material issue.
- Our houses are not over designed but very well finished. While they do look adorable we have found that our chickens have never appreciated twiddly bits on their houses. Fussiness costs money to manufacture which is passed on in the price to you, and invariably means the house is more difficult to use, clean or keep bug free.
- Plastic may be something that humans find appealling, birds do not. Timber breathes, our houses have correct and full ventilation, which is vital for the good health of the birds. Cleaning is not a problem, houses should not be allowed to get so dirty each week that they need washing and scrubbing frequently. All our houses are very easy to give a good spring clean when necessary, and to maintain high husbandry standards on a day to day basis.
- Slats on the floor are one of the shortcuts that the intensive outdoor units use instead of giving birds proper perches, likewise some of the most modern designs. Perches as part of the floor mean that the birds are lying on their keels, so potentially damaging them. It also means that there is NO bedding!!! walking over a generous layer of shavings is the best way for birds to dry off having come inside through damp grass. A well positioned perch up off the floor allows the air to circulate around the birds at night, letting birds dry off properly and pulling damp air away from the birds. A generous solid floor area is imperative as birds are in and out of the house during the day.
- Our houses either have a lift off roof [for the smaller units] or a door in one side for full, easy and controlled access to your birds. The external nest box lids also provide full access to the external nest box area and further into the house. Access to the birds in other manufacturers designs can be everything from awkward to almost impossible. Some do not even have a door [only a pophole] or expect you to be able to take most of the house apart to collect up one bird without letting all the others go. It is vital to be able to reach the birds easily and just reach all corners of the house without trouble.
- Many use sheet timber as a great part of their external construction. This simply is false economy. Experience has shown that, these days, the quality of sheet timber is too variable. Rarely does it stand up to the vigours of the British climate for very long. The houses we sell are made to last more than a season or two. With any mobile units that should be able to be moved around a garden easily the strength is not there to cope with this. Our houses are made with a deep rebated shiplap as this is found to be the best of current materials to maintain a close tight wall, without warping and shrinkage. The choice of materials and fittings is being constantly monitored to make sure that the best is being used in your houses.
- These houses have been designed to minimize horizontal internal framing which poorer concepts use a lot. These are a haven for bugs and especially red mite.
- AVOID the real horror of horrors - ROOFING FELT ! on the roofs. It is extremely well known throughout the poultry world that this is 'heaven on earth' for red mite, particularly, to breed, hibernate and establish a population sufficent to kill chickens and ducks. There is no place for roofing felt on a chicken coop or duck house or for any species of birds. Using Onduline on the roof of all our units gives you a top quality material that is tough, durable and contributes to the ventilation of the larger units.
- Access for the humans to clean and deal with birds is often very difficult in some designs. You want to be able to get in to every part of the house easily. This has been thought about carefully in the houses we sell, with the options of slide out floors and larger doors providing good solutions to various sizes.
Alternatives like taking out the sides are impractical, its very hard to manage birds movement if you are trying to tend to one or two.
- Triangular shaped coops save the manufacturer money but cramp birds style and make for a poor living environment. The birds have increasingly limited space as they get up onto perches. Bullying is a serious problem in triangular shaped units as well as simply poor use of space and birds getting wet. All our houses are square, giving the birds full use of the area provided, and for the raised designs giving them full protection beneath the house.
A few guidelines to help you choose
- As a generalisation the larger breeds [like Orpingtons, Brahmas, Cochins do not like ramps nor jumping off heights as the birds all rumble out in the morning. This means the raised coops are not advised for them.
- In the raised chicken houses like the Windsor the floor is lifted to create a sheltered feed point beneath, which is outside of the house. While this design is ideal for all the medium sized birds, it is not so suitable for the bigger breeds as there is obviously less headroom in these than in the likes of the Westford. You do not want the very big breeds in a house of limited head room as they will have their heads too near the ventilation. This can cause respiratory problems from draughts and moisture laden air across their heads.
- Birds do not like to be cramped. The square shape to all our houses means they have full room available to them when they are shut in. Our climate in the UK is not so cold that you need to fill houses to keep the bird warm. In fact, it is the vagaries of our weather, the fact that most parts of the country are really rather showery, which means it is better to understock your house than fill it, if you can.
- The internal arrangement of our houses is such that the birds can move around freely. Our clean simple designs mean that there is no compromise on the birds ability to use the space well.
- Long triangular shapes only give space for one bird to move at a time. The first bird up has to shimmy along to allow the others in. If the first bird is a dominant one she can bully the others badly.
- Our square houses mean that the birds are not forced to one end which can lead to subordinate birds sleeping on the floor which does them no good at all.
- These houses have seperate roosting areas and external nest box, which is divided into individual spaces inside. [designs where these are incorporated exist where there really is not enough space for everything in the house, resulting that the external Nest boxes that are never clean so you have more work to maintain clean eggs, frequently the birds end up sleeping in them which can damage their keels]
LARGER BREEDS :
If you are looking to keep the bigger breeds consider having a proportionately bigger house - the birds are a larger scale in all dimensions.
We, in the north of Britain, also have to consider the fact that the use of the house may be greater:
All these things mean that we use bigger houses for the birds than normally recommended. Our birds appreciate it. It also means its easier to keep them clean!
- when it is hot it is very hot and if there is little natural shade from bushes etc around their pens, the birds go inside;
- it can be very wet sometimes and for longish periods, so they need somewhere to stay dry;
- and in the winter we have longer hours of dark. In many parts of Scotland the birds can be shut in from 3.30 pm to 9 am in the depths of the winter. A well constructed house will not be draughty so can be understocked with comfort to the birds.
Also consider the height of the house for the larger birds: they need plenty of head room to be comfortable and also to provide good ventilation. You don't want their heads to be up in the area of the ventilation or you may get respiratory problems; the same applies to having too many birds in a house.
It is a good idea to consider the larger external Nest boxes for the larger breeds to help the layers; if they consider the boxes too small they may start laying on the floor.
Vermin / Predators : if you have problems with rats etc in your locality consider a raised house like the Stafford or the Windsor. And the galvanised feeders are great.
If you are going to be asking friends and neighbours to look after the birds periodically consider getting a run. This means that while they are caring for them the birds can be
confined and so causing less worry as to their whereabouts. For the bigger houses you can also use this as the scratch area; giving the birds vegetable vegetable waste and garden weeds etc. Every so often this can be cleared
out to provide compost for your garden / vegetable patch. The houses with a fixed run have an end release optional extra which means the birds can free range the rest of the time; this also saves you from moving the unit
so often and allows your birds to share your life.
If you have mink or pine martin consider adding fine weldmesh between the roof batons and the Onduline
on the fixed roof houses such as the Brentford, Westford etc - this will provide a barrier to the predator without disturbing the ventilation.
Obviously in the present climate with Avian Flu being something we need to consider a run makes it simple to enclose birds if required by DEFRA.
It is also simply useful to have with a cover on, filled with bark as a lobby area, which means the birds have somewhere that is always dry, they have somewhere to sulk on soggy days and the bark is easy to manage to keep clean and dry helping to keep the housing cleaner.
WHAT BIRDS ARE YOU HOUSING
- WHAT HOUSE DO YOU NEED ? - these are just my suggestions, I hope they are useful.
- single bird : i.e. stock male - broody hen / duck
- a few young chicks / ducklings
- breeding trios of small breeds
- a cat shelter or rabbit / guinea pig house
- Weeford - house with optional free standing run
- Lynford - house and integral run
- up to 6 medium hens or laying ducks
- breeding trios of medium birds
- Swinford- house with optional free standing run
- Aylesford - house and integral run
- up to 6 large or tall breeds of ducks and chickens that need more height and room - for example: Orpingtons; Brahmas; Indian Runners
- Oxford hen house
- Oxford duck house
- up to 15 medium laying birds
- plenty of space for up to 10 large breed poultry or waterfowl
- perfect for small numbers of geese
- a useful small free range unit
- Westford- house with optional free standing run
- needing to house birds up away from vermin
- Grosvenor - three sizes from 6 - 24 birds complete with integral run
- Windsor- three sizes from 6 - 24 birds; stand alone house
- Stafford- one size for 8-10 birds and a larger for up to 20 layers
- for larger laying / breeding flocks; for geese and turkeys;
- Brentford - two sizes available for up to 24 and up to 35 birds; optional free standing run available as well as a range of External Nest boxes sizes for the various species
- small commercial free range flocks
- Ranger - useful range of higher capacity houses with skids
- wanting to contain birds and be able to move them easily?
- Lynford - for broodys or breeding trios of small breeds
- Aylesford and the improved version the Hereford - for up to 6 medium birds or breeding medium breeds
- Grosvenor - various sizes from 6 -24 birds
To order :- We welcome the following Payment methods :-
Postal Orders and Cheques made payable to Kintaline Poultry and sent to Kintaline Poultry, Benderloch, Oban Argyll PA37 1QS
and all the following debit and credit cards - Please Contact Us and she will take your details. All our prices include VAT where applicable [number :554 5831 27]
At the farm we also welcome cash.
Our range of housing
Tim and Jill Bowis
Kintaline Mill Farm,
Benderloch, OBAN Argyll PA37 1QS Scotland
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