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Gaynor’s Hen Tips

Gaynor's Hen Tips

Chilled out chickens

Believe it or not hens can get stressed too. A visit from a neighbour’s dog or a close shave with a fox can leave your

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Gaynor's Hen Tips

Wing clipping

Hens are not the most aerodynamic of birds! Heavy breeds such as Marans and Orpingtons seldom attempt flight but some lighter breeds are more adventurous.

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rat
Gaynor's Hen Tips

Oh no, not rats!

Not an inevitable part of hen-keeping: It is often said that keeping hens will attract rats – but actually the two do not have to

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Gaynor's Hen Tips

Moulting season

With all this hot and stuffy weather, it’s beginning to feel like summer will go on forever, but it will soon be that time of

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Gaynor's Hen Tips

Keeping your girls cool

When the weather heats up, so do your hens, so it’s important to keep them as chilled as possible. There are several steps you can

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boredom
Gaynor's Hen Tips

Boredom busters!

Just like us, hens get bored quickly if they don’t have stimulation. They love new ideas, games and activities, so here are just a few

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spa day
Gaynor's Hen Tips

A winter spa day

In this horrible wet weather there is a shortage of dry dust bath areas for your hens to perform their ablutions. Dust baths are important

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Gaynor's Hen Tips

All about combs

Different breeds of hen have different shaped combs: Rose or Buttercup, Walnut or Strawberry, Pea or V shaped. Most ex-bats have a typical single comb

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breathe
Gaynor's Hen Tips

How does a chicken breathe?

Chickens have a specialised system for getting oxygen into their body and removing carbon dioxide. They use an efficient combination of two methods to obtain oxygen, allowing

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Gaynor's Hen Tips

Beware foxes!

If you have the terrible experience of finding a fox has visited your hen enclosure, your first instinct will be to pick up any hens

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fly strike
Gaynor's Hen Tips

Fly strike

Hens are really good at disguising the fact that they are unwell. This is a natural defence – hens don’t want to appear vulnerable to

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red mite
Gaynor's Hen Tips

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

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Gaynor's Hen Tips

Mud mud glorious mud…

It doesn’t seem to have stopped raining since November. If your hen run looks anything like mine you’ll probably be sick of seeing mud and

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worming
Gaynor's Hen Tips

More on worming

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

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