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Behaviour

Tess Comes Out of Her Shell

Tess has grown in confidence over the last week or so and has changed from a hen that was petrified of the girls around her (except her best friend Gertrude!) to one that is fairly comfortable with the rest of the flock! She’s still living in the coop with a smaller group of the newer

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In Memory

World Book Day 2018

It’s World Book Day today and that prompted a memory from much warmer days – the adorable Laurel looking over my shoulder admiring the eggs on the cover of ‘Fresh Eggs Daily’! Not quite short sleeved shirt weather today though as storm Emma paid a visit and brought with her cold winds and snow meaning

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Housing

Escaping the Beast

The ‘Beast from the East’ has arrived – and the girls don’t like it! Most of the hens are okay with winter conditions and have lovely thick coats to keep them warm, but those that were re-homed recently, or those that are not feeling 100% will benefit from a less hostile environment and a few

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Behaviour

Tess Moves House

Tess has decided that she’s outgrown the broody coop and now wants to live in the bigger coop with some of the other girls! Over the last few days she’s becoming more confident and not as scared of the other hens so we’re going to try her in the coop with some of the youngsters

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Henniversary

The Petunias 6 Month Henniversary

Having re-homed several groups of hens last summer we’re now enjoying henniversary parties every few weeks! This time it’s The Petunias turn to celebrate as they mark 6 months with us. These were a group of 11 hens re-homed in August 2017, and sadly whilst Clover is no longer with us the rest of the

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Health

Campion, Peony and Ruby go to the Vet

After a recent health check I had a few concerns about Campion and Ruby and a current ‘dirty knickers’ issue with Peony meant a triple appointment at the vet today. I weigh the hens every 2 weeks and the last 3 weights for Campion and Ruby have been increasing steadily and they were both over

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

BHWT Sponsor Hen 2018 Shortlist

Following on from Willow’s work as a sponsor hen for the British Hen Welfare Trust we’ve been asked to nominate another one of our ladies for their 2018 ‘Sponsor a Hen’ scheme, designed for people that cannot re-home hens themselves but still want to adopt a hen, raising income for the charity. The problem though

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In Memory

Fly High Clover

Today we lost Clover. She was one of the 11 hens that became ‘The Petunias’ that were re-homed in August 2017 and had just under 6 months with us. Clover had a small prolapse when she arrived but she managed to overcome that and quickly blossomed into a lovely hen with a beautiful ginger coat

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Behaviour

Gertrude & Tess

All of the hens we have are special but sometimes there’s a hen – or two or three – that melt your heart even more. We re-homed Gertrude and Tess in November 2017 and of the 10 ‘Roses’ these two hens were ill from the start and took a few weeks to recover; Gertrude couldn’t

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Winter Weather

The girls are not impressed with the weather! There’s the odd day with a little heat in the sun but the wet muddy ground, cold wind and rain feature most weeks and can’t be much fun for the hens – or us. We’re doing what we can though and our priority is to keep the

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Henniversary

The Whites 6 Month Henniversary

A slightly belated celebration for The Whites today (as they were on medication for the last 7 days and needed to avoid cake!) to mark their 6 month henniversary. Whilst every day that a re-homed hen has is more than they would otherwise have had, it’s great to get to this first milestone that we

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Coops & Crafts

Upgrading the Shed Roof

Whilst the shed has a wooden roof that is loosely covered with plastic it’s not the ideal long term solution (!) and this temporary roof is being replaced with metal sheeting that will last for years and provide the hens with a dry indoor environment. I decided against using the supplied felt for the roof

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Behaviour

A Taste of Things to Come

The girls haven’t been too impressed with the wet, cold, windy and wintry weather recently, but yesterday brought some sunshine and a little bit of warmth that meant lots of dust and sun bathing. This was particularly enjoyable for The Marys, re-homed in early January, who had only known winter and Berry (pictured) was first

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Health

Winter Worming

As a preventative measure we worm the hens every 3 or 4 months and this week they’ve been dining on medicated layers pellets as part of this routine. Flubenvet is the only licensed wormer for poultry and can be bought either as a powder that is then mixed with pellets, or supplied pre-mixed with pellets.

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Gardening for Hens

Home Brew

Last autumn we made some Apple Cider Vinegar for the hens and today was time for them to sample this delight! Apple Cider Vinegar is added to the hens drinking water at a rate of around 2% and has many health benefits. Being acidic gives it mild antiseptic and antibiotic properties as well as containing

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Health

An Eye Opening Week

We had 5 hens at the vet 3 weeks ago and I’m pleased to say that they’re all doing really well! Berry had an infection that was treated with medication and despite her having a day or so of feeling really bad after her vet visit she seemed to quickly respond the antibiotics and shortly

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Housing

Mastering the New Perches

The girls are getting used to the new perches that were recently installed in the shed and now the majority of the hens are using them – some still need a bit of help though! It’s been interesting to watch them use these and as I thought the ‘top hens’ do make their way to

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Product Review

Product Review | Hentastic Starter Pack

Hentastic recently sent us their new Starter Pack to have a look at, and we were impressed! It was packaged in a rustic-looking cardboard box and crammed full of goodies for the chickens. The pack contains 2 feeders and 6 packets of treats; there was a Chick Stick Feeder and 2 packets of Chick Sticks,

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Henniversary

The Hazels 6 Month Henniversary

A milestone recently as The Hazels reached 6 months with us – their official day was the 9th January but they decided to postpone it a little due to Marigold’s prolapse and implant the last 2 days. These are the group of 7 hens we re-homed in July 2017, and sadly whilst Rose is no

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Health

Chick Steps

If this was about people the title would be ‘Baby Steps’ but as it’s about hens, ‘Chick Steps’ are more appropriate! A good day today! I went to the kitchen first thing in the morning to discover Marigold had laid her egg, meaning that she could have her implant that would stop her laying and

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Health

Berry, Corncockle, Marigold, Poppins and Thrift go to the Vet

A few concerns about some of the hens meant a trip to the vet today – Berry and Poppins from Sunday’s rehoming aren’t progressing well, Marigold’s prolapse isn’t looking good, and whilst I’m there I’ll take Corncockle and Thrift along to get their respiratory condition looked at. Berry was seen first as she was the

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Adopting

Welcome to The Marys

The Marys are settling in well and today had further health check, weight taken, a pedicure, a ‘Mary’ name and associated legwear and a wander outside in their new world – they didn’t think much of the temperature though! Introducing Berry, Eileen, Jane, Nightingale, Poppins and Shelley!

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Adopting

The Marys Arrive

We brought back our latest group of hens today, The Marys, named in honour of Mary who passed away a few weeks ago. These 6 hens are all poorly – 5 have prolapses and 1 has a problem with one eye that is swollen and permanently shut – so they’ll stay in the hospital area

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 07/01/2018

A very rewarding day today helping at the British Hen Welfare Trust re-homing at Overton. In around 2 hours over 350 hens met their new owners and headed off to a life of sunshine, dustbathing and as much food as the can eat! For the first time I was involved in collecting the hens from

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