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 through the festivities but some hens do suffer from stress and often the shock of loud explosions can stop them laying or cause shell deformities. In extreme cases hens have been known to smother other hens in their panic.
Obviously I don’t need to remind you that hens need to be shut in at night but if you live in an area where there is high volume of firework activity you may want to consider ways to lessen the stress of the night.
Try and make your coop totally light proof if possible. Cover windows or set up a screen to limit light.
Extra insulation to deaden noise is also helpful but remember to keep ventilation holes clear.
If you can place a battery powered radio in the hen house set on a low volume the external noise will be masked.
Calming supplements can be given to help your hens cope – Rescue remedy (Bach flowers) Oregano plus (Chicken Vet) or Chill Out (Global Herbs)
Finally, check your garden for spent fireworks in the morning. You don’t want your hens eating the debris.
If you would like to ask Gaynor a hen health question please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hen Central on 01884 860084. To support our Advice Line we ask for a nominal donation to help fund this service, so that we can continue to help your hens.