Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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Oh rats!

By Gaynor Davies Rats! It can be frustrating to find that some unwanted four-footed company has moved in to our hen run. Often the first indication is a chewed corner on a feed bag but you may notice strategically placed tunnel entrances in the soil close to your hen house. Rats have been known to […]

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Christmas leftovers – not for your hens!

Christmas dinner! Always far more food than anyone can eat. Personally I look forward to cold leftovers the next day, you can’t beat bubble and squeak, cold stuffing and cranberries. It’s tempting to think that our hens can join in the festive fun but should you be scraping the leftovers from your Christmas spread into […]

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Keep your girls cosy this winter

Brrrrrr the mornings are getting chilly, there’s frost on the windscreen and a real nip in the air. We have had a few calls already asking for advice on how to keep our lovely chooks cosy in the colder weather. Here are some top tips: If the weather conditions are extreme and you have an […]

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Bonfire night – remember your girls

Firework season is upon us, and bonfire night itself is nearing, which is fab news for those of us who enjoy this time of year. However, we must remember our feathered friends who can suffer from stress during this time. So please remember your responsibilities to your hens as well as cats and dogs. Most hens cope […]

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Apple Cider Vinegar – the natural way to good hen health

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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Benefits of Green Tea

This week I am going a little off-piste and into non-scientifically proven ground and talk about Green Tea. Green Tea? Yes a morning cuppa for your girls does seem to come with benefits. I was sceptical when I was first told about the benefits of green tea but have used it as a tonic when […]

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Are hens still in cages?

I really enjoy talking to new re-homers and love the enthusiasm and passion that comes across when we are discussing the arrival of the lucky hens they are due to adopt. We speak to all our re-homers to ensure that every hen has a suitable coop, secure fox proof run and well-informed home to go […]

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Why we are pro probiotics

Probiotics – a word we often use, but what exactly are they and why do our hens need them? We have all heard about good and bad gut bacteria and gut flora, you can’t turn on the TV these days without seeing ads for healthy products to balance our gut. Probiotics are microorganisms that are […]

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Mud mud glorious… mud

It doesn’t seem to have stopped raining since November and if your hen run looks anything like mine you will probably be sick of seeing mud and slipping about in your wellies. Can anything be done to improve conditions for the girls until the sun starts to shine and we have drier ground again? Good […]

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Twinkle twinkle little star… Star gazing hens

Occasionally a hen will become a stargazer. No – she won’t be spending time in her garden with a telescope but she will contort her head and bend her head right over her back rather like hen doing her daily yoga. If you have never seen this condition it can be very alarming, usually people […]

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Ask Gaynor – 7 Jan 2016

Recently Janet Stokes asked: Okay, why do my rescues still feel quite thin, when they have access to food – warmed mash, pellets and crumb & corn in the afternoon – all day? Thank you, you’ve saved the life of a few of my girls over the last year. Gaynor’s answer: Hi Janet. Thank you […]

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Vent Gleet

Oh the shame of it. One day your hen has a lovely fluffy bottom the next she has a nasty sticky yellow white paste around her vent and soiling her beautiful feathers. You may also notice her flock mates might keep a wide birth as the smell is really unpleasant! These are all signs that […]