[Update 11 August 2019 : Everything sold : page retained for archival purposes only]

For some years we have very successfully bred and raised pure-breed Welsumer chickens, selling fertilized eggs for hatching – and some sales of eating eggs. However, with a view to eventual retirement from crofting, we are reducing the size of our poultry business, and as a result we are offering the following for sale (prices include delivery within Uist – Berneray to Eriskay – if needed) :

Galvanized Feed Troughs – 6 Remaining

£10.00 each collected [Not practicable to post]

  • Quality construction of worked and welded galvanized sheet steel
  • Anti-spill edges
  • Each trough suitable for 10 or 12 standard chickens (depending if hens have access to ends or not)
  • Used condition, galvanizing discoloured in places, but clean, disinfected and no rust



Quality Pure-Bred Welsumer Chickens  :

Offers are invited for the flock (about 34 birds, including 5 cockerels) or in smaller lots.  In the event of a successful offer for the entire flock, we will provide, if requested, guidance on the practical and business aspects of selling fertilized eggs for hatching.

Guide prices for individual birds are :

  • Point-of-lay hens £15 each – SOLD!
  • Active Cockerels, 1 year old £20 each – SOLD!
  • Laying hens to 3 years old £10 each – SOLD!


Small Poultry Equipment and Supplies

Following small items are for sale, for local collection and delivery by post (please enquire)

  • 49 Spiral Poultry Leg Rings – Durable, Purple, 16mm dia (internal)  [psee photo below]  :  £4  SOLD!
Mobile Chicken Ark  :  £50.00  SOLD!
  • Suitable for up to six adult chickens
  • Ideal for breeding trio – Cock and two hens
  • Triangular construction – very stable
  • Strong carrying rails / handles
  • Well built, very strong, and resistant to Hebridean weather!
  • Good serviceable condition – would benefit from being re-painted with wood stain


The Big Garden : Mobile chicken ark for sale

Quality Dip-Galvanized Feeders / Drinkers  ALL SOLD!

£30.00 each collected, £35 including UK postage.

  • 2 Feeders (far left) : 2.2kg capacity 30cm base and designed specifically for outdoor use.  SOLD!
  • 1 Drinker (centre) : 30cm base diameter and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.  SOLD!
  • 1 Pullet feeder (right) : Aluminum base, galvanized cover, designed for 16 pullets, 32 chicks, 31cm dia. overall, 32cm high.  SOLD!


Semi-Automatic Incubator   SOLD!

Novital Covatutto 24 semi-automatic incubator. 

Price : £40 – to include thermometer and hygrometer (normally optional extras).  P+P if required – £13.75

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230V 80W ; UK 3-pin plug.

Suitable for : 70 Quail ; 24 Chicken ; 42 Partridge; 30 Pheasant ; 24-30 Guinea Fowl ; 16-20 Duck ; 12-16 Turkey ; 4-6 Goose

Automatic rotation of eggs : manually pulling/pushing blue knob causes grid floor to slide under stationary dividers, causing eggs to rotate automatically.

Incubator is in excellent condition and correct adjustment, and is complete with all parts provided when it was new, including very detailed instructions. Additionally, we are including in the auction a thermometer and a hygrometer which have been used with this incubator.

Egg Boxes (Half-Dozen)  SOLD!
The Big Garden & Croft : Egg Boxes

The Big Garden & Croft : Egg Boxes

3 Packs, each of 300 egg boxes – brand new and still in original packaging. Total 900 egg boxes  :  £60.00 –  SOLD!

Shepherding Equipment and Supplies – ALL SOLD!

The following supplies are all new and unused, unless stated otherwise. Prices are collected in person or delivered in Uist.

  1. Bottle Nettex 500ml Veterinary Surgical Scrub – for use with assisting lambing or wounds  :  £3  SOLD!
  2. Pack Nettex 25 [24 remaining] Lamb Foul Weather Protectors – Red  :  £2  SOLD!
  3. Box 100 [98 remaining] Disposable Arm-Length Gloves – for use with assisting lambing or similar  :  £2  SOLD!
  4. Nettex Non-Vac Lamb Feeder Bottle [used, but in very good condition]  :  £2  SOLD!
  5. Ritchey Lamb Feeding Bottle 500ml and four teats  :  £6  SOLD!
  6. 1 No 20ml Syringe – usually used for dosing orally  :  £0.50  SOLD!
  7. 4 No 10ml Syringe – used for dosing orally (reusable), or with hypodermic needle (disposable only)  :  £2  SOLD!
  8. 1 No 70ml Syringe with stomach feeding tube  :  £2  SOLD!
    the tube has been used, but has been thoroughly sterlized
  9. 2 No Sachets Volac Lamb Volustrum (expiry 09/20)  :  £2  SOLD!
  10. Bottle Nettex 500ml Strong 10% Iodine Solution – for disinfecting cuts, wounds etc. [opened but not used]  :  £5  SOLD!
  11. Bottle Nettex 500ml Agri-Gel Antiseptic Lubricant – for use with assisting lambing or similar  :  £3  SOLD!
  12. Elastrator pliers [used, in very good condition], with approx 30 rings – for castrating male lambs  :  £5  SOLD!
  13. IAE Square Sheep Feeder with adjustable sides, 1.6m square x 97cm high – for feeding hay [very little used]  :  £50  SOLD!
  14. 4 No IAE Penning hurdles 97cm high with loop connections – tolerates changes in slope [good condition]  :  £20 each  SOLD!



Over ten years we have built up the An Gàrradh Mòr flock of pedigree Hebridean sheep, registered [Flock No 06096] with the Hebridean Sheep Society.  The flock has been managed so as to maintain and promote the inherent hardiness and suitability to rough grazing for which the breed is so well adapted – and in which our Hebridean croft abounds.  The ewes have always been allowed to give birth at a place and time of their own choosing, and almost always without needing assistance. The flock has produced lambs for : direct sales of high quality Hebridean Hoggett Lamb (frozen on-the-bone cuts) ; retention or sale as breeding stock.  Fleeces have been shorn by hand and used to produce a range of high quality yarns, both hand-spun and mill-spun, for direct sales to the public.

The Big Garden Croft, Isle of Eriskay : Hebridean sheep and winter feed

The Big Garden Croft – Near Field : Hebridean sheep and winter feed

Quality Pedigree Hebridean Ewes :  SOLD!

Offers (based on the guide prices shown) are invited for the purchase of the following :

  • 3 No pedigree Hebridean breeding ewes born 2009 [mothers of the following]  £35 each
  • 3 No pedigree Hebridean breeding ewes born 2017/2018 [daughters of the above] £65 each
  • 3 No pedigree Hebridean breeding ewes born 2010 [mothers of the following]  £35 each
  • 3 No pedigree Hebridean breeding ewes born 2018 [daughters of the above] £65 each


We will give preference to offers for mother-and-daughter pairs

The agreed price will include :

  • delivery within Uist (Eriskay to Berneray, if required)
  • transfer of registration at the Hebridean Sheep Society to the buyer


Hebridean Sheep Society Pedigree Certificates are available for inspection, on request.

All of the ewes offered for sale are in good health, with a full set of teeth. All produced one or two lambs each in 2018, but were not tupped that autumn, pending a decision on down-sizing the flock, so none are carrying lambs.

Compared to modern ‘commercial’ breeds, and in common with many other more primitive breeds, Hebrideans enjoy a very long life, and are renown for continuing to produce good lambs at fifteen years old.

Payment can be made online by PayPal or credit/debit card.

If you have questions, or want to buy, please call us on 01878 700828 or use our Big Garden contact-us form.