est. 2003 - Wales leading supplier of top quality poultry only 10 minutes from Pontypridd
The 2019 season is now over, albeit a month early due to enexpected demand for our birds during August. We will have chicks again from December.
Only Welshpoultry grow these specific bloodlines from French, Dutch and Belgium hatcheries in addition to our own parent stock. They offer superior longevity, hardiness and consistancy in lay. See the "About us" page to find out more
Scroll through the images and descriptions of our birds below, as a grower from day old chicks we supply in a range of ages, all reared naturally and together to help socialisation and exposure to the environment. The hens are reared by hand in the same way you would keep them, giving confident, friendly animals with no anti-social behaviour. Please see the "poultry prices and availability page" when you are ready to make your purchase.
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Our Range of Breeds
Typically, we stock a range of 6 to 8 heavy laying breeds and about 4 to 6 rare / pure breeds. This is due to the availablity of confirmned disease free parent stock and sexed chicks. We also produce some limited Duck numbers. Details of potential stock is below , Please check the availability page which is generally upto date prior to enquiring about stock availability for the Saturday you choose to visit. If we dont respond to an email enquiry asking if a certain breed is avaliable , its because the information is already on the website. There are two lists below , the Commercial heavy layers are bred by professional hatcheries of our choosing having tried several over the years. The pure breed list will show all of the birds we can have - but availability of htese jumps about a lot , naturally there is a big price difference between pure breeds that lay less and have parent stock to be cared for throughout the year as opposed to the sex-linked heavy layers that come to us as sexed chicks at the start of the season. The Prices and availability page will give you the updates on current availability. We can't predict what purebreed stock we will have as it is influenced by lay, hatch, and sexing rates.
Commercial lay rate hens
This first list is solely our heavy laying range of birds, Generally we have these all through the season.
The Welshpoultry Blacktail
This hen is a very dependable heavy layer, They are a cross of Light sussex and Rhode Island Red. You'll notice the Black on the tail and flight feathers from the sussex, and the black on the neck is often replaced with a Gold Lacing, we often sell out of these birds first. As a hybrid, easy to produce, however whilst you can produce the same appearance, you cant produce the same egg production, hardyness and temperament.
The Sussex Pont
The commercial strain of sussex isn't as nicely marked as its purebreed origins. Fast growing and often a family fave laying salmon coloured eggs. Very docile and freindly, loves a dust bath to clean those white feathers
The Barred rock
The barred rock has proven to be our best layer alongside white leghorns and rhondda rocks in terms of Winter reliability , matching the others in terms of numbers, they seem to go longer before their first moult and dont flinch during the first Winter, sometimes second and third if wormed.
Copper French Maran
Fabulous deep Copper markings and steely coloured legs, generally used to add a darker egg toi the egg boxes you sell to freinds and family, giving that eclectic farmyard feel.
The Rhondda Blue
A lovely looking lilac to drak grey shade of feather, very docile and freindly, lays a standard tan coloured egg. The chicks in this colour are very cute. Adult birds happy to sit on your lap for ages. If these birds were anymore laid back, theyd fall over.
The White leghorn
What can we say ? A stunning bird, dainty light frame producing the largest white egg with stunning yolk. What else. oh yes, clever - more clever than you , devious, a snobby diva. We open on a saturday - they know and will fly into the barn roof only on saturday mornings ........they know everything.
The Rhondda rock
There are various strains of this traditional hybrid, having tried them all we find our Dutch variant we now rear is the best vall rounder in the welsh Mountains, attractive, very hardy, weather-proof and reliable layer regardless of season.
Pure / Rare Breed List
Please be aware these birds are the best layers for their breeds, but not to be placed in the same league as the heavy layers and can suppress lay in the heavy layers and fertility can and will synchronise.
Why buy your birds from us ?
Firstly, from a combination of the best stock available and the way we rear them by hand outdoors (weather permitting) you cant go wrong. it takes more effort and time and money, but we dont lose any birds and can offer a no quibble 28 day guarantee as problems are so rare, its nothing to organise the odd replacement if you have bad luck
Secondly, Welshpoultry only exists from the desire to get people keeping garden flocks and reduce the demand for eggs from caged hens. Sadly this cruel practice seems to be endless. Ironically we do not advocate battery hen rescue, in our opinion its only the organisations that set themselves up as grant recieving charities that benefit and a proportion of chickens that cope with the stress and fully recover. Our view is simple, one of our birds, laying well for 4 years or more will prevent 3 birds going into a cage and so prevent suffering, you may not buy caged eggs, but in reality its estimated that a large proportion of free range eggs are in fact from Spanish and Russian caged systems, plus the labelling such as "Farm fresh" and a picture of a cockeral on a farm gate on the box, distracting from the tiny writing about eggs from caged hens, your neighbours and family members will be buying caged eggs. Even free range systems aren't what they seem; DEFRA estimated that only 14% of free range birds go outside due to feed rationing and external engineering to deter ranging. However, you can supply them with the highest welfare eggs possible and make enough money to pay for the hobby with some to spare at £1.50 per box of 6. We fully respect the noble cause of trying to give an end of commercial life hen a chance of a fresh start, but we have witnessed the problems that come with this process.
1. Release of birds and diseases such as mycoplasma into wider populations. Every month we have customers that lost half their ex batts and now want to buy from us to top up - sadly we have to refuse to sell to them until their remaining birds die out and they sterilise and move their coop.
2. The lack of proper rehabilitation , placing the birds in greater stress and many dont make it
3. The sudden appearance of "young laying hens, £8" available everywhere on facebook only 4 weeks after a collection of 7,000 20 month old free range birds in decent feather for £1.50 each. There are people who buy 200, bring them on and then con people, the charities undertake no follow up on the fate of the birds they pass on.
4. Factory farms justifying there practice by refering to how the chickens "retire" to new homes.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE, what we do doesn't raise a minimum wage, but pays for fencing, and land management of the wider farm. Its no gold mine, but we can all do our bit to get chickens back in the gardens and help reduce demand for hens living in cages.
THE GOLDEN RULE .....NEVER rush into a purchase, birds are being bred all the time, get your setup ready first.
Dont read too many book and articles, get the common sense basics right then talk to people like us and freinds with hens.
Buy lively but sociable hens , but not nutters that arent used to humans, you want bright eyes, clean bums and a bit of spirit.
Dont buy fully mature hens unless from an actual grower like us, too many old hens post moult are being sold as early lay hens, leaving the owner with hens to feed and few eggs.
There are some good resources on facebook, we find that the books are filling pages with old wives tales not really suited to modern hen strains much of the time. We recommend www.facebook.com/chickenkeepinguk for general queries
We produce our own no nonsense "Welshpoulty guide to chicken keeping" covering everything from feed to dealing with common ailments" being released in 2018 and some youtube videos that run alongside the guide will also be available.