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.
This can be tricky to do without previous experience. A good rule is to introduce a number or birds to the flock at once. This can vary if you only have a couple of birds to start with then introducing two new birds should be relatively problem free providing they have enough space to get away from any bullying by the existing birds. If you already have a larger flock of say six to eight established birds then you will need to introduce approximately two thirds of your existing flock size to avoid any one bird being picked on too much. If you have the space you can also, instead of putting the birds together straight away, you can make a temporary run for the new birds in or next to the main coop this way the birds can see and smell each other while getting used to the new members with no risk of physical squabbles. The best time of day to introduce new birds is at night when the resident birds have got to roost for the night. Once they are settled place the new birds in the house with the other chickens on the perch. The older birds will have shut down for the night and will leave the newcomers alone. You will never avoid minor tiffs but this is just a chicken’s way of establishing their place in the hierarchy.