Health & Welfare
Hens like all poultry are prey animals and are totally reliant on their keepers to ensure their safety. It is a misconception to think only
With summer fast approaching it means red mites will soon be here! This month we look at how Diatomaceous Earth can help you to keep
May is approaching and Red Mite season is upon us! We look at how Diatomaceous Earth can help you to keep your hens Red Mite
Have you ever wondered what that small bump is at the base of your hen’s tail? That would be the Uropygial Gland! The Uropygial Gland is more commonly known as the ‘oil gland’ or the ‘preen gland’ and it plays an important role in helping your hen to keep her feathers waterproof and in good condition.
Ever wondered about the colour of your hen’s eggs? And we’re not talking about the old wives’ tales – we’re talking about the history of the brown egg and what influenced the colour to be the most predominant.
From our recent Christmas fundraising campaign, we learned that you care most about hen welfare and our work driving its awareness, and we’ve taken that to heart. In our most recent edition of Chicken & Egg, we outlined our latest campaign, Size Matters, what it’s all about and why we’re encouraging consumers to purchase mixed weight and medium eggs rather than large and extra-large.
In December 2020 Avian Influenza outbreak a nationwide housing order. Now we want to know when we can let our chickens out safely. This article explains all!
Did you know that over 50% of eggs laid in the UK, and most likely the rest of the world, are either large or EXTRA LARGE? Think about the hen that has to lay that! We look at how large eggs can affect hen’s health and why we consumers are obsessed with large eggs in our shopping basket.
Have you always wanted to keep hens in your garden or allotment but you’re not sure what the rules are? Our Vet Nurse, Gaynor Davies answers the most common questions on keeping hens in your garden or on your allotment. and the legislation around it.
Have you ever seen one of your hens walking around like a penguin? Does she have a weird sort of waddle going on and you’re
One of the more regular calls we receive at Hen Central relates to issues with the crop. For those among you that are more novice hen keepers the crop is the hen’s shopping basket. It sits on the front of the hen’s chest and is more prominent as it fills. Through the day she will collect tasty morsels of food and her crop can grow to the size of a small orange.
Everyone loves to spoil their beloved pets with good food and treats. Of course, ex-caged hen owners are no different. We love to spoil our hens and they love it when we treat them to corn, watermelon, even scrambled egg! The list is endless in the treats we give to our beloved hens. But someone too much can be bad for them. It’s all about moderation!
In one end and out the other! It is as important to know what you are putting in your hens, as it is to understand what is coming out the other end…
Selecting the best feed for your flock is very important when it comes to hens’ diets! You should always take time to top up their feeders with nutritious but delicious treats. Don’t overindulge them though!
From first glance, you may think that hens can’t have ears. But like us, and many birds, they have two, one ear located on each side of their head. And much like our own, they have eardrums, an inner, middle and outer ear and they hear just as well as we do!