We are a family run garden centre that is well known nationally as a specialist for bare rooted hedging plants and young trees. The Garden Centre always has a good selection of shrubs and plants which are not commonly found elsewhere, together with a wide range of the more commonly sought after plants. Established for over 50 years, the Garden Centre has recently been redeveloped to a high standard. Our shop contains the largest selection of seeds and bulbs for miles around, together with garden chemicals, tools, garden furniture and many other goods. Outside we stock peat-based and peat-free composts, paving, fencing, timber decking, garden buildings and greenhouses, and a large range of pots, statues and garden ornaments. Our aquatics centre has a good reputation for their excellent quality tropical, marine and cold water fish. The Gardeners' Retreat, our coffee shop/restaurant, serves fresh home cooked food and is an excellent way to round off any visit to the Garden Centre.
If you buy fully vaccinated hybrid hens from a reputable producer/retailer they have already been vaccinated against most of the fatal diseases to affect poultry. If this is the case all that you need to be vigilant about are internal parasites such as worms which are picked up from the birds eating an insects or invertebrates which have already been infected by parasitic worms. Chickens need to be wormed every six to eight weeks with either Verm-X (a holistic non-chemical wormer) or Flubenvet (a chemical based wormer) or such like. Chickens can also become the bearers of external parasites such as mites and lice which are transferred from wild birds. Red mite is the most common and both the chicken coop and birds can get this, so they need to be treated on a regular basis. The birds should be dusted with a red mite powder at eight week intervals as a preventative and the house sprayed with a product such as poultry shield on a weekly basis in the summer or in warm wet weather.