freshlaid news
freshlaid news

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!

Team Berkely - Ruth Howell
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All in a Day’s Work for Team Berkeley in Gloucestershire

Fifteen months ago, on a wet and windy weekend in Berkeley, the main BHWT Gloucester volunteer team was established. Although the team has now doubled in size, on their induction day they were a small, inexperienced group eager to throw themselves into every aspect of rehoming. Ruth Howell, the coordinator at Team Berkley, tells us all about how she started at the BHWT…

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Red Mite on Wood
Health & Welfare

Help! Red Mite Season is Coming!

It’s that time of year again… Red Mite season! Red mite is easily spread by wild birds, but can also be introduced on newly purchased stock or second-hand housing. So, how can you tell if your hens have red mite in their coop? Follow these simple steps…

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the Uropygial gland hen
Health & Welfare

The Uropygial Gland Explained

Have you 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 it plays an important role in helping your hen to keep her feathers waterproof and in good condition.

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Ruth Burroughs and Jan
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A Hen’s Tale of Hope

Ruth Burroughs is one of our volunteers at Team Cornwall. She’s been with us for over six years now and kindly helps out by taking care of some of the poorly hens that we sometimes find when we collect hens from the farm. This month we spoke to her about a particularly poorly hen she connected with — a hen called Jan.

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