Health & Welfare

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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.

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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.

Health & Welfare

Creating a Boot Dip at Home

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

hen enjoying a dust bath
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Winter Dust Baths for Your Hens

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

hens gathered around a zinc feeder
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Can Hens Get 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). Items like

Health & Welfare

How to Keep Your Chickens Calm

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 sky
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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?

how to avoid mud, hen dustbathing
Health & Welfare

How Do I Avoid a Muddy Chicken Run?

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

rats in the hen house
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How to Keep Uninvited Rats Away From Your Hen House

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!

hen suffering with wry neck
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What Is Wry Neck and Can I Prevent It?

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

how does a chicken breathe. chicken facing head on look serious
Health & Welfare

How Does a Chicken Breathe?

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.

Hen welfare, Moulting season
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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!

boredom
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Boredom Busters For Hens!

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

serious case of bumblefoot
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What is Bumble Foot?

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

hens enjoying probiotic treats
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Why We Are Pro Probiotics

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

egg
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How does my hen produce an egg every day?

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