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Health & Welfare

Fly Strike

Hens are really good at disguising the fact that they are unwell. Because of this diarrhoea or a discharge from her vent and soiled feathers may go unnoticed. All of this makes a perfect storm for a fly to land on your hen and lay its eggs in the soiled feathering. This is known as fly strike.

Health & Welfare

Red Mite and How You Can Avoid Them

The most obvious sign of red mite infestation is your hens’ reluctance to enter their coop and/or a change in their perching habits; this is because they know there’s something in there that is causing irritation. But we’re here to help with some simple suggestions on how to (try) to avoid red mites…

Health & Welfare

Adopting two hens

What do you do when you have one hen on her own? In an ideal world, hens live in flocks; they are very sociable creatures and like to interact with each other. Introducing one or more new hens to an existing hen is not usually a problem as the hens that are being introduced haven’t yet formed a bond with each other and are essentially individuals…

fairy egg next to a normal sized egg on a hand
Health & Welfare

Fairy Eggs

Eggs come in all shapes and sizes from large double yolkers through to medium and small, right down to tiny fairy eggs, there is no such thing as a standard egg! If you have never seen a fairy egg (sometimes called wind eggs) you may be wondering what on earth has gone wrong…

Health & Welfare

Which Hen House Should I Buy?

The opportunity has finally come for you to adopt your very own hens and now you need to purchase a hen house. But which sort to choose from the bewildering array of designs, materials, and sizes?

Health & Welfare

Why so Noisey? What is Your Chicken Trying to Tell You?

o you ever wonder exactly what your chickens are trying to tell you? It never fails to surprise us, the variety of noises our birds make. We all know the joy of listening to the contented purring noises hens make as they roost and nod off to sleep and the somewhat raucous “look at me aren’t I clever” noises that accompany an egg being laid, but what about some of the other noises?

man creating a hen friendly garden
Health & Welfare

How to Create a Chicken-Friendly Garden

Just like many people feel a house isn’t a home without a cat or a dog, we are of the mind that no garden is complete without a flock of chickens to share it with…

Health & Welfare

How Chickens Can Enrich your Garden!

Although a little destructive at times, a chicken’s habit to scratch around and dustbathe in our flower beds is rather beneficial in the long run – and we wouldn’t have them any other way! So, we wanted to share these simple reasons why having hens can enrich your garden…

Red Mite on Wood
Health & Welfare

Help! Red Mite Season is Coming!

You may notice your hens scratching and feather pecking and in extreme cases their combs and wattles will be pale due to anaemia. The most obvious sign of red mite infestation is your hens’ reluctance to enter their coop or change in their perching habits…

hen in hen house
Health & Welfare

Spring Clean Your Way to a Happy Hen House

It seemed like winter would never end but now the days are getting longer, spring bulbs are in bloom. Our hen houses, however, have taken a bit of a beating with lockdown so just as we spring clean our own houses now is the time to spring clean our hen houses.

free-range eggs
Health & Welfare

Why Can’t I Buy Free-range Eggs?

So now you might be asking “where have the free-range eggs gone?” Well, the reason for the sudden disappearance is sadly because of the ongoing housing order.

Coloured Eggs
Health & Welfare

How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? Brown, White, Blue?

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.

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Everything You Need to Know About Vent Gleet

One day your hen has a lovely fluffy bottom the next she has a nasty sticky yellow-white paste around her vent and soiling her beautiful feathers. Learn how to spot the signs that your poor little hen has developed vent gleet.

Penguin hen Egg Yolk Peritonitis
Health & Welfare

Egg Yolk Peritonitis; When Hens Become Penguins

Have you ever seen one of your hens walking around like a penguin? This could be a sign of many things, but usually, it has something to do with laying those lovely eggs. It could even be Egg Yolk Peritonitis…

Health & Welfare

How to Spot, Prevent and Treat Worms in Chickens

Worms! They make many of us squirm, don’t they? Most hen owners will have come across something wiggling in their hens’ droppings or litter at some point. Let us tell you how to spot, prevent and treat worms in Chickens.

Avian Influenza
Health & Welfare

Is It Safe to Adopt Hens During Avian Influenza?

We know many of our supporters are anxious about adopting during the Avian Influenza lockdown. But we’re here to ease your nerves. Find out more about adopting hens in the current climate here.

hen answering calls for the hen helpline
Health & Welfare

What is the Hen Helpline?

Our goal is to always help hens, all kinds of hens, whatever the challenges we face. That’s why in 2020 we rebranded our advice line as the new Hen Helpline, a service to give advice to backyard hen keepers when their hens were under the weather.

hen with exposed crop
Health & Welfare

An Issue That Keeps Cropping Up; Hen Crop Issues

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

Tips on How to Keep Rats Out During Hen Lockdown!

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.