The Grapevine…

Here we have gathered information to help you with your garden farm, from advice pages on chicken topics along with beekeeping news and advice.  You will also find help sheets, useful links, frequently asked questions, and our latest news…

Beekeeping Help and Advice

Hive Record Card

Keeping records of how the bees are doing throughout the year is so important for their management.  Temperament, strength, health...

Beekeeping Help and Advice

The Asian Hornet

Background… Vespa velutina, sometimes known as the ‘Asian hornet’ is an invasive non-native species from Asia. If you find one...

Beekeeping Help and Advice

Helping pollinators in your garden

with the help of Amanda Millar and links to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust we have put together the following tips...

Poultry Keeping Help and Advice

Poultry Fleas and Lice Prevention and Treatment

Chickens can be affected by both fleas and lice, the latter being more common and living directly on your birds...

Poultry Keeping Help and Advice

Mantel Farm’s Help and Advice For Good Biosecurity

Minimize movement in and out of bird enclosures: There is no need to stop enjoying time with your flock, however,...

Poultry Keeping Help and Advice

Introducing New Birds to an existing flock

If you have never introduced new birds into an existing flock please be aware it is not easy! you certainly...

Poultry Keeping Help and Advice

Broody Hen – friend or foe?

Before we attempt to get to grips with the above, a quick definition of ‘broody’ would be a good idea:...

Poultry Keeping Help and Advice

Red Spider Mite

Prevention and Treatment Once Red-mite have arrived in your poultry house it can be an incredibly difficult problem to solve...

Poultry Keeping Help and Advice

New to Chicken Keeping? – A check-list of essential items

Let us help you make a good start, the following is a list of items we consider to be essential...

Latest News

The SELEGGT process – gender identification in the hatching egg

Gender identification in the hatching egg using the SELEGGT process is a unique, patented process for endocrinological gender identification in...