Problems with the crop is sometimes hard to get to the bottom of when you don’t know what to look for. Find out more about your hen’s crop, the issues to watch out for and what you can do to help your hen if you can’t get a vet’s help straight away.
Health & Welfare
Most of our lovely rehomers adopt our hens to save their lives and at the same time enrich their own lives with the companionship of
As if Covid-19 lockdowns and tier restrictions weren’t enough to cope with, our hens are now in their own lockdown due to the Avian Influenza outbreaks and the DEFRA housing order. It is now more important than ever that good hygiene and best practices are observed to avoid attracting rats.
The Avian Influenza virus (AI) is a notifiable disease that can be easily spread by wild birds via droppings and fomites. Basically, dust and dander
In this horrible wet weather, there is a shortage of dry dust bath areas for your hens to perform their ablutions. Normally you would find
Christmas dinner! There is always far more food than anyone can eat. And then there are the leftovers that you have to eat the days
Zinc is commonly used to apply a protective weather-proof covering for steel and iron intended to be used outside (a process called galvanising). Items like
The multiple cases of Avian Flu in the UK are impacting across both the commercial and hobby keeper sectors. All bird keepers are now legally
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
Firework season is upon us, and bonfire night itself is nearing, which is terrific news for those of us who enjoy this time of year. But what about our feathered friends who can suffer from stress during this time?
With the Autumn season now showing its colours, and with the days beginning to draw in all too quickly, it is important to pay close
No one particularly likes taking medicine. Whether it leaves a horrible taste in our mouth or is a bitter pill to swallow, hens are no
As the months slowly tick over to autumn and winter, the rain in the UK can be inevitable. And with rain, comes the mud. When
It is often said that keeping hens will attract rats – but actually the two do not have to go hand in hand! If you follow these tips you can avoid these unwanted visits – rats are NOT an inevitable consequence of hen keeping!
Does my hen have Vent Gleet? One day your hen has a lovely fluffy bottom the next she has a nasty sticky yellow-white paste around
Occasionally you may see a hen will become a bit of a stargazer. No – she won’t be spending time in her garden with a
You may be thinking, “what do you mean, how do they breathe?” Because surely, chickens breathe like any other animal? Well, it’s actually very different.
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 year again – moulting season!
Just like us, hens get bored quickly if they don’t have stimulation. They love new ideas and activities, so here are just a few to
We love to sit in our gardens watching our hens enjoy pecking around and experiencing the sun on their wings and it’s a great opportunity
Does your hen look as if she is wearing overly large carpet slippers? If so, she might have Bumblefoot. Bumblefoot normally starts out with a
Combs and Wattles The comb sits on top of the hen’s head and in a healthy hen is likely to be red, plump and glossy,
Probiotic is a word we often use, but what exactly are they and why do our hens need them? We have all heard about good
By Gaynor Davies The humble commercial hybrid hen (our lovely ex-caged) has been designed and modified over the years to ensure peak egg production and