Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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Who are you calling bird brain?

The term bird brain is often used as a derogatory term referring to a silly or stupid person.   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) and each half helps it to process information in […]

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Broody hens

Any hen can go broody at any time, broodiness is a natural tendency that all hens have to want to sit on and hatch a clutch of eggs. A broody hen will take up position in her favourite nest box and will be agitated if you try to disturb her. Feathers ruffle and she will […]

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Combs and Wattles

Combs and wattles.  We see them every day, but do we really know what they do and how important they are as an indicator of our hens health? For the purpose of this article we are talking about ex-bats (some other breeds have naturally dark combs and wattles – the Silkie is a good example […]

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Let’s get to the nitty-gritty

Let’s get to the nitty-gritty… 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 […]

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When hens become penguins

Our hard working commercial hens are selectively bred to be the best at what they do – laying eggs,  and they are very good at it too.  Your ex-bat will have been popping out one egg every 22-25 hours since she started work as a 20 week old point of lay hen. As she enters […]

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In one end and out the other!

In one end and out the other!  It is as important to know what you are putting in your hens, as it is to understand what is coming out the other end… If you are a hen fanatic like me, you probably spend most of your day selecting the best feed for your flock, topping up their […]

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Hen health benefits of Apple cider vinegar

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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Hen Dust Bathing: The Ultimate Spa Treatment

There is nothing nicer on a warm summer day than watching hens dust bathing. We can almost forgive the craters that they create in our flower boarders and gardens for the sheer joy of seeing hens engaging in this wonderful activity! Hens close their eyes and roll in the dip they have created, throwing loose […]

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How to successfully merge hens

Introducing new hens to existing hens can be stressful for all concerned, but there are ways to make the process as stress free for your girls as possible… Through a little trial and error I’ve found that simple distraction tactics work the best. Provide a pile of straw or hay for your girls and mix […]

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Spoil your hens with treats in moderation

Everyone likes to spoil their beloved pets with treats and you, our lovely ex-bat hen owners are no different… However it is important to remember that treats should make up only a tiny part of your hens’ diet, you see even hens can suffer from obesity! Kitchen scraps are fine for your girls in moderation […]

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Diatomaceous Earth Powder Treatment for 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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What should I feed my new ex-bat hens?

What should I feed my new ex-bat hens? Is a question we are often asked… When our hens come out from the commercial system they have only ever eaten a fine milled mash or crumb, so if you offer them pellets or corn they will very often say “eh, what’s that?”! We have tried and tested the Allen […]