Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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Worming your hens

By Gaynor Davies All animals can (and do) pick up worms. Hens are no different. Do not be lulled into thinking that your hens don’t have visitors just because you haven’t seen any in their droppings; if you are actually seeing worms in the droppings your hen has a heavy worm burden. Worms lay thousands […]

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Why does my hen need grit?

By Gaynor Davies I am often asked why we advise giving hens grit on a regular basis.  Grit is a vital part of your hen’s digestive process, however it is important to remember that there are different grades of grit and they perform two different functions in your hen. Fine or soluble grit is the […]

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Why do my hens lay soft shell eggs?

By Gaynor Davies There is no nicer treat than checking your hen’s nest box and finding a perfect egg laid just for you. However, sometimes the eggs we find are not the smooth perfect eggs that we would find on a supermarket shelf. It is important to remember that whatever the shape, colour or texture […]

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How does my hen produce an egg every day?

By Gaynor Davies The humble commercial hybrid hen (our lovely ex-bat) has been designed and modified over the years to ensure peak egg production and consistency of yield. Compared to her fancy breed cousins and broilers bred entirely for meat production, the commercial layer carries little spare flesh and concentrates all her energy into produce […]

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Oh rats!

By Gaynor Davies Rats! It can be frustrating to find that some unwanted four-footed company has moved in to our hen run. Often the first indication is a chewed corner on a feed bag but you may notice strategically placed tunnel entrances in the soil close to your hen house. Rats have been known to […]

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Christmas leftovers – not for your hens!

Christmas dinner! Always far more food than anyone can eat. Personally I look forward to cold leftovers the next day, you can’t beat bubble and squeak, cold stuffing and cranberries. It’s tempting to think that our hens can join in the festive fun but should you be scraping the leftovers from your Christmas spread into […]

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Keep your girls cosy this winter

Brrrrrr the mornings are getting chilly, there’s frost on the windscreen and a real nip in the air. We have had a few calls already asking for advice on how to keep our lovely chooks cosy in the colder weather. Here are some top tips: If the weather conditions are extreme and you have an […]

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Bonfire night – remember your girls

Firework season is upon us, and bonfire night itself is nearing, which is fab news for those of us who enjoy this time of year. However, we must remember our feathered friends who can suffer from stress during this time. So please remember your responsibilities to your hens as well as cats and dogs. Most hens cope […]

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Apple Cider Vinegar – the natural way to good hen health

If you asked me to pick one natural product that I would give to my hens on a regular basis, it would be Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made using the whole apple and provides enzymes and important minerals and vitamins in the form of Bioflavonoids, and is widely recognised as a […]

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Benefits of Green Tea

This week I am going a little off-piste and into non-scientifically proven ground and talk about Green Tea. Green Tea? Yes a morning cuppa for your girls does seem to come with benefits. I was sceptical when I was first told about the benefits of green tea but have used it as a tonic when […]

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Are hens still in cages?

I really enjoy talking to new re-homers and love the enthusiasm and passion that comes across when we are discussing the arrival of the lucky hens they are due to adopt. We speak to all our re-homers to ensure that every hen has a suitable coop, secure fox proof run and well-informed home to go […]

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Why we are pro probiotics

Probiotics – a word we often use, but what exactly are they and why do our hens need them? We have all heard about good and bad gut bacteria and gut flora, you can’t turn on the TV these days without seeing ads for healthy products to balance our gut. Probiotics are microorganisms that are […]