Because of their insistence on ‘helping’ we know some hen keepers restrict access allowing grass to be fed, watered and mown to perfection but in turn leaving the temptation to tip rich grass clippings into the coop for your hens to enjoy. After all what could be more natural?
Gaynor’s Hen Tips
We speak to all our rehomers to ensure that every hen has a suitable coop, secure fox proof run and well-informed home to go to. During my conversations with supporters, one comment that I hear on a regular basis is “I thought battery cages had gone?” or “aren’t cages illegal now?”
Lice are often found on hens that are debilitated or unwell. Live adult lice are visible to the naked eye are golden in colour, approx. 3mm long, and lay white eggs (nits) on the hen. Lice are easily spotted running on the skin under the wings and around the base of the tail.
If your hen is not quite herself but not poorly enough to need a vet, alternative therapies can play their part in improving health. Here are a few suggestions to complement rather than replace veterinary advice.
A neck cushion is the perfect support for a hen that has damaged legs/wings or is too weak to stand. Whilst we’re all limited to essential travel and no flying away to the sun this Easter, why not look out that travel pillow at the back your cupboard and have it ready for a hen having an off day!