Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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Hen Dust Bathing: The Ultimate Spa Treatment

There is nothing nicer on a warm summer day than watching hens dust bathing. We can almost forgive the craters that they create in our flower boarders and gardens for the sheer joy of seeing hens engaging in this wonderful activity! Hens close their eyes and roll in the dip they have created, throwing loose […]

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How to successfully merge hens

Introducing new hens to existing hens can be stressful for all concerned, but there are ways to make the process as stress free for your girls as possible… Through a little trial and error I’ve found that simple distraction tactics work the best. Provide a pile of straw or hay for your girls and mix […]

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Spoil your hens with treats in moderation

Everyone likes to spoil their beloved pets with treats and you, our lovely ex-bat hen owners are no different… However it is important to remember that treats should make up only a tiny part of your hens’ diet, you see even hens can suffer from obesity! Kitchen scraps are fine for your girls in moderation […]

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Diatomaceous Earth Powder Treatment for 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 to place a small square of towelling material in the corner of your nest boxes or over the end of a perch. Red Mite will hide in the folds thinking […]

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What should I feed my new ex-bat hens?

What should I feed my new ex-bat hens? Is a question we are often asked… When our hens come out from the commercial system they have only ever eaten a fine milled mash or crumb, so if you offer them pellets or corn they will very often say “eh, what’s that?”! We have tried and tested the Allen […]

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Do Recovering Ex-bats Need to Wear Hen Coats

I am often asked if recovering ex-bats need to wear hen coats when they first venture outside and I am first in line to encourage the proper care and keeping of pet chickens, but the truth is jumpers are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous too.

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The Uropygial Gland Explained

Have you ever wondered what that small bump is at the base of your hen’s tail? It’s perfectly normal. The uropygial gland more commonly known as the ‘oil gland’ plays an important role in helping your hen to keep her feathers waterproof and in good condition. As she preens herself she spreads a small amount […]

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Encourage your Hen to take Medicine using Ribena

If you are struggling to persuade your hen to take medicine in drinking water, try adding a couple of drops of Ribena. The fruity taste will disguise the medicine and your hen will think she is getting a special treat. – Visit our Hen Health page for more advice, view our Hen Examination Guidelines or click here […]

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A Healthy Hen Comb

A healthy hen comb and should be red, plump and glossy (this often denotes she’s in lay). Have you ever wondered what the function of a hens’s comb is? The comb sits on top of the hen’s head and is used to help regulate the hens temperature. Caged hens often have large floppy combs to allow them […]

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Calcium or Vitamin D3 Deficiency?

A calcium or vitamin D3 deficiency can cause poor shell quality, but is quite rare in hens. If you come across this issue in your flock, here are my tips for getting your hens back in good health: If your hens are have a good diet, with some crushed oyster shell they shouldn’t suffer from egg […]

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Wage War on Red Mite

Wage war on red mite! All hens love to nestle down in a lovely cosy nest box at night, don’t they? Unfortunately so do those pesky red mite! I use Dengie Horse Feeds Fresh Bed in my nest boxes at home and the girls love it. Fresh Bed is a fine chopped straw bedding with […]

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Do your Hens Wear Leg Rings?

If any of your hens wear leg rings, it is important to take the time to check the leg rings on a regular basis and make sure they still fit. Leg rings are a great way of identifying your chickens, but over time hens legs can thicken, due to illness or injury, causing your hen […]