Health & Welfare

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Health & Welfare

Are Chickens bird-brained?

The term bird brain is often used as a derogatory term referring to someone not very bright. Yet chickens actually have very complex brains and use the information they process in a very particular way.

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Red Mite on Wood
Health & Welfare

Help! Red Mite Season is Coming!

It’s that time of year again… Red Mite season! Red mite is easily spread by wild birds, but can also be introduced on newly purchased stock or second-hand housing. So, how can you tell if your hens have red mite in their coop? Follow these simple steps…

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the Uropygial gland hen
Health & Welfare

The Uropygial Gland Explained

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.

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Egg & Larger Egg
Health & Welfare

“Size Matters” Our Latest Hen Welfare Awareness Campaign is Underway and Gaining Steam

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.

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Egg & Larger Egg
Health & Welfare

Does Size Matter? – Yes It Does!

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.

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hen with exposed crop
Health & Welfare

An Issue That Keeps Cropping Up; Hen Crop Issues

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.

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Health & Welfare

The Hen Treat Guide; Everything in Moderation

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!

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Hens at Feeder
Health & Welfare

How Your Feed Affects Your Chickens

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!

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hens have ears
Health & Welfare

Hen Anatomy; Did You Know Hens Have Ears?

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!

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