Good Husbandry

DISCLAIMER: This is our usual husbandry advice but, as Defra has imposed an Avian Flu Prevention Zone which is in place until the end of April, please see our Avian Flu page for additional husbandry guidance.

Hen-keeping is incredibly rewarding and life-enriching! We want you to enjoy your hens, and to be flock wise, so here are some basic tips on keeping your hens happy and healthy.

The most important piece of advice we can give you is to spend a bit of time watching your girls each day (it’s very therapeutic!) and you’ll quickly learn their normal behaviour and how to spot if one or more is out of sorts. Maintain good husbandry, and be flock wise.

All commercial hens are vaccinated against the following diseases:

However, Avian Flu does not have a vaccine and therefore you should be aware of what to do in the event of an outbreak in your area.  Please see our advice on Avian Flu here or below.

We also recommend all flocks, small and large, are registered with Defra. Registration will give you valuable information on what to do in the unlikely event of a notifiable disease outbreak. Click here to register.