Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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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 […]

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The annual moult

Your hen is in peak condition, glossy feathers and red comb one minute then almost overnight she starts to look tatty. Some hens drop lots of feathers (a hard moult) while others have a partial moult (soft moult.) The important point is that moulting is a natural process and does not mean that your hen has a skin disease or parasites. Moulting […]

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How does a chicken breathe?

Chickens have a specialised system for getting oxygen into their body and removing carbon dioxide. They use an efficient combination of two methods to obtain oxygen, allowing them to indulge in highly energetic activities such as flying and running. As you might expect, air enters through the nostrils, and passes through the pharynx and trachea. Chickens have long necks because they […]

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A fox tip

If you have the terrible experience of finding a fox has visited your hen enclosure, your first instinct will be to pick up any hens that the fox has left behind and you may assume that any hens not there have sadly been taken away. Recently a re-homer flagged up to us that she had […]

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The Chicken Vet treatment for red mite, northern fowl mite and scaly leg mite

A blog by The Chicken Vet Mixing and using Dergall is easy: mix into clean water at the rate of 10ml to 1 litre, a little goes a long way. Make the product up fresh to spray inside the poultry house, preferably when the birds are in darkness, or at the end of the day to maximise efficacy as mites […]

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Fly strike

By Gaynor Davies Hens are really good at disguising the fact that they are unwell. This is a natural defence – hens don’t want to appear vulnerable to predators. Because of this diarrhoea or a discharge from her vent and soiled feathers may go unnoticed. Your hen may also stop preening and grooming and be […]

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Red Mite

It’s that time of year again… Red Mite season! An easy way to tell if you have a Red Mite problem in your coop is to place a small square of towelling material in the corner of your nest boxes or over the end of a perch. Red Mite will hide in the folds thinking […]

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The Chicken Vet: muti-vits for chickens

A blog by The Chicken Vet As humans we can wander into a health food shop and peruse the array of vitamins and minerals before our eyes. An aid to every problem and complaint imaginable. Humans are long-lived, have varied diets and medical research has unearthed conditions and deficiencies which have known treatments, often being […]

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A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down….

None of us particularly like taking medicine. Remember Calpol?! Yuck. Hens are no different! If you are struggling to persuade your hen to take medicine in drinking water, try adding a couple of drops of Ribena. The fruity taste will disguise the medicine and your hen will think she is getting a special treat. We’ve […]

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Get those legs out for the summer

Now that our lovely girls are not paddling around in so much mud, it is a good opportunity to check their legs. A healthy leg should have smooth scales with no raised areas. If you are seeing scales lifting or thickened areas, your hen may have scaly leg. This is caused by a tiny mite […]

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Keep your hen’s gut healthy

By Alison Colville-Hyde, Chicken Vet Poultry, like humans, have a particular biological set of healthy gut bacteria. This bacteria helps to keep the bird’s digestive system healthy, which in turn assists in keeping an equilibrium for optimal bird health. Gut bacteria have several functions including digesting food and actually feeding good bacteria. Human gut bacteria […]

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Mud mud glorious mud…

By Gaynor Davies It doesn’t seem to have stopped raining since November. If your hen run looks anything like mine you’ll probably be sick of seeing mud and slipping about in your wellies. Can anything be done to improve conditions for the girls until the sun starts to shine and we have drier ground again? […]