Good Husbandry

Hen-keeping is incredibly rewarding and life-enriching! We want you to enjoy your hens, and to be flock wise, so here are some basic tips on keeping your hens happy and healthy.

The most important piece of advice we can give you is to spend a bit of time watching your girls each day (it’s very therapeutic!) and you’ll quickly learn their normal behaviour and how to spot if one or more is out of sorts. Here is a link to our helpful examination guidelines if you think a hen may be under the weather. Maintaining good husbandry at all times will help you, and your hens.  Be flock wise.

All commercial hens are vaccinated against the following diseases:

Avian Flu

Avian Flu does not have a vaccine and therefore you should be aware of what to do in the event of an outbreak in your area.  Please see our advice on Avian Flu here or below.

Be Flock Wise – register your hens with DEFRA

We also recommend all flocks, small and large, are registered with Defra. Registration will give you valuable information on what to do in the unlikely event of a notifiable disease outbreak. Click here to register.