Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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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? […]

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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 […]