Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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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 […]

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Mud mud glorious… mud

It doesn’t seem to have stopped raining since November and if your hen run looks anything like mine you will 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? Good […]

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Twinkle twinkle little star… Star gazing hens

Occasionally a hen will become a stargazer. No – she won’t be spending time in her garden with a telescope but she will contort her head and bend her head right over her back rather like hen doing her daily yoga. If you have never seen this condition it can be very alarming, usually people […]

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Ask Gaynor – 7 Jan 2016

Recently Janet Stokes asked: Okay, why do my rescues still feel quite thin, when they have access to food – warmed mash, pellets and crumb & corn in the afternoon – all day? Thank you, you’ve saved the life of a few of my girls over the last year. Gaynor’s answer: Hi Janet. Thank you […]

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Vent Gleet

Oh the shame of it. One day your hen has a lovely fluffy bottom the next she has a nasty sticky yellow white paste around her vent and soiling her beautiful feathers. You may also notice her flock mates might keep a wide birth as the smell is really unpleasant! These are all signs that […]

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Oh rats!

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 also notice strategically placed tunnel entrances in the soil close to your coop. It is certainly NOT inevitable that hens […]

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RSPCA’s 5 freedoms

Keeping any pet is a responsibility and hens are no exception. As hen owners we have a duty to ensure that as far as possible all their physical and mental needs are being addressed. The RSPCA list 5 freedoms that any animal should be able to enjoy: Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: By ready access […]

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Oral Cankers

When hens stop eating it is not always easy to pin down an obvious cause without a fair amount of detective work. A head to toe examination will rule out problems and help you to decide if your hen is just having an off day or needs to go to see a vet. It may […]

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Bumble Foot

Does your hen look as if she is wearing over-large carpet slippers? If so she might have Bumble foot. Bumble foot normally starts out with a small hard black spot or raised rough patch on the bottom of the foot. In extreme cases all the toes and even the lower part of the leg can […]

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Hens have ears too!

It is sometimes easy to forget that hens have ears too… Hens’ ears are very well disguised and hidden under a flat of dense feathering. If you gently lift up the ear flap you should see a clean dark round hole. If the ear becomes infected this hole may be full of a yellow waxy […]

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Remember remember the 5th of November

Remember remember the 5th of November… For those of us with pets we are all too aware that firework season is upon us again (not just confined to one day anymore). While you are keeping your cats and dogs indoors, don’t forget you have responsibilities to your hens too. Most hens cope well and snooze […]

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Hens and worms

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 of eggs every […]