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An egg a day could reduce risk of a stroke and heart disease

Eating an egg a day reduces your risk of a stroke by a quarter compared with those who rarely eat them, research suggests. The link between eggs, strokes and cardiovascular disease was researched by Peking University Health Science Centre and Oxford University who looked at the dietary habits of more than 400,000 people in China […]

Avian Flu Prevention Zones lifted

The Avian Flu Prevention Zones put in place across England and Wales earlier this year have today been lifted. As of 12pm on 25 May, subject to there being no new outbreaks of findings of AI in wild birds, the prevention zones in England and Wales are no longer in place. This means hen keepers […]

Chilled out chickens

When the weather heats up, so do your hens, so it’s important to keep them as chilled as possible. There are several steps you can take to achieve this including: Ensure access to fresh, cool water at all times. Replenish twice a day if it gets warm. Your hens will need a shady area to […]

Giving them a once over

Do you know your hens’ keel from her crop? If not, check out our hen examination guidelines! It really is worth familiarising yourself with all aspects of your hens’ anatomy – that way you know what’s normal for her and what’s not. ur advice is to regularly check your hens through handling them and become […]

Boredom busters!

Just like us, hens get bored quickly if they don’t have stimulation. They love new ideas, games and activities, so here are just a few to keep them hentertained. Get in touch and let us know if you’ve tried anything we haven’t mentioned here! Email info@bhwt.co.uk Hang up treat dispensers so your girls can help […]

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. […]