Health & Welfare

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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boredom
Health & Welfare

Boredom Busters For Hens!

Just like us, hens get bored quickly if they don’t have stimulation. They love new ideas, games and activities, so here are just a few

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ex-battery hen with jumper
Health & Welfare

Do Recovering Ex-battery Hens Need to Wear Hen Coats?

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.

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Hen on Lawnmower
Health & Welfare

Ah, the Pleasure in Admiring a Lush Green Lawn in the Summer

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?

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Health & Welfare

Are Hens Still in Cages?

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?”

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Hens With Wire
Health & Welfare

Zinc Poisoning

Zinc is commonly used to apply a protective weather-proof covering for steel and iron intended to be used outside (a process called galvanising). As chickens

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Lice
Health & Welfare

Let’s Talk Lice

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.

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Health & Welfare

Neck Cushions

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!

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Health & Welfare

Chilled Out Chickens

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

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Health & Welfare

Wing Clipping

Hens are not the most aerodynamic of birds! Heavy breeds such as Marans and Orpingtons seldom attempt flight but some lighter breeds are more adventurous.

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firework
Health & Welfare

Keeping Hens Happy During Firework Season

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?

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rat
Health & Welfare

Oh No, Not Rats!

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!

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Health & Welfare

Moulting Season

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!

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Health & Welfare

Keeping Your Hens Cool

When the weather heats up, so do your hens, so it’s important to keep them as chilled as possible. There are several steps you can

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