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.
Here you’ll find hen health tips from our resident vet nurse Gaynor Davies as well as our latest news, be it feathery or fundraising-related. Enjoy!
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!
DEFRA Invites Us to Their Conference on Avian Influenza: “What the Spread of AI Could Look Like for Backyard Birds”
2020 will always be remembered as the year we stayed at home. Little did we realise that our chickens would end the year sharing in our confinement, after DEFRA issued a compulsory housing order, compelling us to keep our birds indoors if possible. Some people have questioned the need for our birds to be locked in but it is the only way that we can be sure the spread of the current outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) will be stopped in its tracks.
In February 2020, Belinda Robinson decided she wanted to adopt hens from the BHWT, to add to her already existing flock. As a relatively new hen keeper, Belinda had read online about how to care for ex-commercial hens, but she was surprised by how different they looked to her pet hens. When telling us about her BHWT adoption experience she said that it opened her eyes to what ex-commercial hens look like in comparison…she adopted three hens that day.
Dr Jennie, Bradley Walsh and Four Bennett Sisters; What Else Could You Want on a Sunday Night on ITV!
If you’re not a big Sunday night TV viewer then you probably didn’t see a nod to the BHWT that graced TV screens on Sunday 10th January on ITV. Beat the Chasers is a spin-off show of the popular The Chase with Bradley Walsh, where contestants try to outrun (mentally-speaking) the nations smartest quiz brains, “The Chasers”.
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.
Loved by hens, the Allen and Page – Smallholder Range is now available on our online store! You can relax knowing that whether your hens love Layers Mash, Layers Pellets or Mixed Corn, all feeds in the Smallholder Range are approved by the Vegetarian Society and are free from animal by-products.
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!
New DEFRA-approved Nettex Virocur disinfectant here to help flocks stay safe this winter. Make sure you’re ready for anything and check out the latest DEFRA-approved Nettex Virocur here.