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.
Health & Welfare
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!
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.
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?
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!