Chicken and Egg Issue 12 - page 12-13

Firstly we shouted from the rooftops about
our appointment because we’re proud of it,
and then we knuckled down to giving some
serious thought as to how best the charity
could benefit from this accolade.
It has long been a frustration for our
re-homers, our volunteers and us at Hen
Central that veterinary support for backyard
hens is so sporadic; there are undoubtedly
some forward thinking treatments taking
place in some vet practices, but structured
support for poultry as a whole is lacking in
our view, and there is certainly limited access
to licensed medications for chickens.
Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
Reaching Out
So, first off, we are taking up every single
kind offer to write articles within veterinary
publications, including the Veterinary
Nursing Journal, Veterinary Nursing Times,
Companion Animal and Veterinary Nurse
magazine. All of these publications target
either vets or vet nurses and our message
across the year will be broad, including:
• Hens as pets are increasingly popular and
the laying hen now ranks 6th in the top 10
most popular pets.
• More and more clients are treating their
hens as family pets and expect veterinary
• There is a need for improved medical
treatments licensed for poultry and this
whole area merits review by the veterinary
profession and pharmaceutical industry.
We are also covering:
• Good husbandry
• Common ailments
• Nutrition
Moreover our friends at Chicken Vet have
designed, and now offer, a CPD course
(Continuing Professional Development
Course) to extend vet nurse knowledge of
the care and treatments for backyard hens.
Course material will include handling,
anatomy, physiology, diseases, parasites
and nutrition.
More help
for hens?
In our last edition we told you the fabulous news received in October 2015 that
the British Hen Welfare Trust had been selected as Charity of the Year 2015/16
by the British Veterinary Nursing Association. Here’s an update of what we
have done so far, and what we hope to achieve for the girls during our tenure:
Don’t be
about worming
All poultry can be affected
by parasitic worms
weight loss
poor condition
smaller, fewer, easily broken eggs
For further information contact: Elanco Animal Health,
Lilly House, Priestley Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9NL.
Tel 01256 353131 Fax 01256 779510 Email
Flubevet 1% Medicated Premixture contains flubendazole 10mg/g and is produced from
Flubenvet 5% w/w Premix for Medicated Feeding Stuff. Vm 00242/4056. UKLAYFBV00064
Use medicines responsibly
Advice on the use of this product should be sought from the medicine prescriber.
1. Knott, Lister and Hammond, Worms in Free- Range Hens, The Poultry Site, April 2012.
, Accessed 13.2.13
Treat regularly with a proven poultry wormer suitable for domestic poultry
Medicated Premixture
Flubenvet 1%
full protection against all
major species including the
damaging Capillaria
chicken eggs edible
during treatment
60g pack to treat
around 20 chickens
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