Gaynor’s Hen Tips

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Gaynor's Hen Tips

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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Hen Anatomy; did you know hens have ears?

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!

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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, games and activities, so here are just a few

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Do Recovering Ex-battery Hens Need to Wear Hen Coats?

I am often asked if recovering ex-bats need to wear hen coats when they first venture outside and I am first in line to encourage the proper care and keeping of pet chickens, but the truth is jumpers are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous too.

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Ah, the Pleasure in Admiring a Lush Green Lawn in the Summer

Because of their insistence on ‘helping’ we know some hen keepers restrict access allowing grass to be fed, watered and mown to perfection but in turn leaving the temptation to tip rich grass clippings into the coop for your hens to enjoy. After all what could be more natural?

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Are Hens Still in Cages?

We speak to all our rehomers to ensure that every hen has a suitable coop, secure fox proof run and well-informed home to go to.  During my conversations with supporters, one comment that I hear on a regular basis is “I thought battery cages had gone?” or “aren’t cages illegal now?”

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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). As chickens

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Let’s Talk Lice

Lice are often found on hens that are debilitated or unwell. Live adult lice are visible to the naked eye are golden in colour, approx. 3mm long, and lay white eggs (nits) on the hen. Lice are easily spotted running on the skin under the wings and around the base of the tail.

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Neck Cushions

A neck cushion is the perfect support for a hen that has damaged legs/wings or is too weak to stand. Whilst we’re all limited to essential travel and no flying away to the sun this Easter, why not look out that travel pillow at the back your cupboard and have it ready for a hen having an off day!

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Chilled Out Chickens

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

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Wing Clipping

Hens are not the most aerodynamic of birds! Heavy breeds such as Marans and Orpingtons seldom attempt flight but some lighter breeds are more adventurous.

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Oh No, Not Rats!

Rats are not an inevitable part of hen-keeping It is often said that keeping hens will attract rats – but actually the two do not

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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

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Keeping Your Hens Cool

When the weather heats up, so do your hens, so it’s important to keep them as chilled as possible. There are several steps you can

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All About Combs

Different breeds of hen have different shaped combs: Rose or Buttercup, Walnut or Strawberry, Pea or V shaped. Most ex-bats have a typical single comb

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Bird-Brained? We Don’t Think So

The term bird brain is often used as a derogatory term referring to someone not very bright. Yet chickens actually have very complex brains and use the information they process in a very particular way.

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The Importance Of Worming Chickens

By The Chicken Vet Animals and birds are capable of hosting various internal parasites, including worms. Chickens are no different, therefore worming is part of caring for your pet

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How does a chicken breathe?

Chickens have a specialised system for getting oxygen into their body and removing carbon dioxide. They use an efficient combination of two methods to obtain oxygen, allowing

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Beware Foxes!

If you have the terrible experience of finding a fox has visited your hen enclosure, your first instinct will be to pick up any hens

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