Good Husbandry

Hen-keeping is incredibly rewarding and life-enriching, and your girls will soon become beloved members of the family. We want your hens to live happily and healthily for their retirement and we want you to enjoy them, whilst also being flock wise, so here are some basic tips on keeping your hens in tip-top condition.

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 on the Great Britain Poultry Register (GBPR)

We recommend all keepers of pet birds and flocks, small and large, register their birds on the GBPR. Click here to register.  You can also sign up online to a separate service from APHA to receive free alerts of any outbreaks of avian flu in Great Britain. This advice has been agreed by the BHWT with Defra, Scottish Government and Welsh Government.


Contact any one of the following; they will be able to help you: