Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]