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A winter spa day

In this horrible wet weather there is a shortage of dry dust bath areas for your hens to perform their ablutions. Dust baths are important to keep parasites at bay and to clean the feathers. A child’s sand pit with a lid makes a perfect dust bath. Use a sieved mixture of wood ash, multipurpose […]

Introducing our second BHWT Brighton hero

They’ve signed on the dotted line and training is well under way. So we thought we’d introduce you to the second of our BHWT Brighton Marathon runners so you can show them some love and support. Last time we introduced you to Amy Robinson who has always wanted to run a marathon. Now it’s the […]

Comb over

Different breeds of hen have different shaped combs: Rose or Buttercup, Walnut or Strawberry, Pea or V shaped. Most ex-bats have a typical single comb with 5 or 6 points. A single comb is the most common type. Chickens don’t sweat so the comb and wattles are important for keeping them cool in hot weather. […]

Introducing our BHWT Brighton heroes

How many times have you heard someone say ‘oh come on, it’s not like you’re running a marathon’?! Probably many times because, in comparison to running your heart out for 26 miles, everything else seems quite easy. Well, there are three BHWT supporters who you can no longer say that to, because they are running […]

Avian Flu Prevention Zone put in place in England

Defra have this morning announced that an Avian Flu Prevention Zone has been put in place in England. This applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds, meaning they must follow increased biosecurity requirements. This news is not cause for alarm, but it is a reason to up your biosecurity measures at home. All […]

Run Brighton Marathon for us and help save lives

It’s a new year, and with it comes new challenges. If you’re in the mood for a serious challenge, why not sign up and run Brighton Marathon for the BHWT? You’ll be shedding pounds and saving lives at the same time! We have three places up for grabs for the event, which takes place on […]

Bird-brained? We don’t think so…

The term bird brain is often used as a derogatory term referring to someone not very bright. Yet chickens actually have very complex brains and use the information they process in a very particular way. The chicken brain consists of two halves (known as hemispheres). Each half helps it to process information in a different […]

Remember your hens during firework season

Fireworks will be going off with a bang all over the country this weekend, and we can’t wait! However it’s important to remember your hens, so here are a few tips to ensure they remain calm and happy throughout the festivities. While most people take extra precautions to look after their cats and dogs we’d […]

The Chicken Vet: the importance of worming your chickens

A blog by The Chicken Vet Animals and birds are capable of hosting various internal parasites, including worms. Chickens are no different, therefore worming is part of caring for your pet chicken’s health to implement prevention and control. Some species of worm can affect your chicken’s health if not treated. There are four species which can be found in chickens: Ascaridia (round worm) is […]