We know that lots of our supporters what to give their hens the best quality of care they can. So, if we had to pick one natural product to give hens on a regular basis, it would be Apple Cider Vinegar.
Health & Welfare
Having to merge new hens to existing hens can be stressful for both you, your flock and the new hens you’ve just brought home. Read our tips on how to make merging your hens more successful.
If you’ve adopted hens from us then you know that we ask you to register before you adopt. But do you know why? It’s so we can trace them. We keep on looking out for our hens even after they have left our coop for yours…
Dergall controls and manages red mites, northern fowl mites and scaly leg mites. Red Mites are nocturnal, so though you may not see them in your hen house, they could still be lurking in there.
Whether you’ve witnessed a fox coming into the garden or you’ve witnessed the aftermath of an attack it can be traumatising to you and your flock to deal with. But what do you do after you’ve experienced a fox attack?
We don’t think so! The term bird brain is often used as a derogatory term referring to someone who is not very bright. Yet chickens actually have very complex brains and use the information they process in a very particular way.
Hens like all poultry are prey animals and are totally reliant on their keepers to ensure their safety. Depending on where you live in the UK, predators can also include, badgers, rats, ferrets and buzzards.
How effective is Diatomaceous Earth? When the mites crawl through this feed at night, the microscopically small sharp shards scratch the mite’s waxy shell, causing them to die.
Now that our lovely girls are not paddling around in so much mud, it is a good opportunity to check their legs. A healthy leg should have smooth scales with no raised areas. If you are seeing scales lifting or thickened areas, your hen may have Scaly Leg…
Grit is a vital part of your hen’s digestive process, however, it is important to remember that there are different grades of grit and they perform two different functions in your hen. First of all, there is Soluble and Insoluble grit.
So what do you do if you do have Red Mite? Diatomaceous Earth, or DE for short, can be used on animals and birds to treat against external parasites (lice, fleas, mites), and even internal parasites (worms).
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 plays an important role in helping your hen to keep her feathers waterproof and in good condition.
In our most recent edition of Chicken & Egg, we outlined our latest campaign, Size Matters. We’re encouraging consumers to purchase mixed weight and medium eggs rather than large and extra-large.
We are often asked if ex-commercial hens or ex-laying hens require vaccination after adopters take them home? This could be because we are all so used to our dogs and cats having routine boosters throughout their lives.
Back garden hen owners are often concerned when they find a soft shell or missing shell egg so this post aims to provide you with the right information about the causes of these strange eggs.
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? We look at how large eggs can affect hen’s health and why we consumers are obsessed with large eggs in our shopping basket.
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 allotment…
Everyone loves to spoil their beloved pets with good food and treats. We love to spoil our hens and they love it when we treat them to corn, watermelon, even scrambled egg! But sometimes too much can be bad for them, let us tell you why…
Selecting the best feed for your flock is very important when it comes to hens’ diets. Food labels on hen feed can be a mystery, so what does it all mean? We list of all the items to look out for.
What disguised ears you have dear hen! All the better to hear you humans! Have you ever wondered about hen anatomy? Much like our own, they have eardrums, an inner, middle and outer ear and they hear just as well as we do!
Every hen has its own personality. On rehoming days people often ask for hens that don’t look alike, so we thought it would be helpful to give you 5 tips on how to recognise your hens.
Do recovering ex-bats need to wear hen coats? The truth is jumpers are not only unnecessary, but they can also be dangerous too. Here are some reasons why ex-battery hens don’t need to wear hen coats…
With winter approaching our thoughts turn to the annual wild bird migration and the impact that this can have on our own pet hen’s health.
Falling foul of soft-shell eggs and other autumnal issues Autumn is now showing its colours, and with the days beginning to draw in all too