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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!

Verm-X Daily Plus for Poultry
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Verm-X Herbal Support for Hens

There is nothing more rewarding than giving a free-roaming home to ex-commercial hens and watching them rediscover their vitality and freedom. As your hens gain confidence and explore their wonderful new home, a little natural support will go a long way in helping them live happy and healthy lives.

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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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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.

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Belinda & Pickle
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When Belinda Met Pickle; A Keeper to Volunteer Story

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.

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Allen & Page Hen Feed Bundle
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Allen and Page – The Smallholder Range

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.

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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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