A blog from our Head of Operations, Gaynor.
I know I am not the only hen keeper that has been struggling to cope with keeping my hens clean during the enforced Avian Influenza lock down. I was therefore delighted to be offered the opportunity to trial a different ground and bedding sanitizer to my usual brand.
As soon as I opened the tub I was impressed by the lovely clean fresh lemony smell. Agrisec 250 Plus (not the sexiest name I know) is a powder that can be scattered on bedding or areas of high hen traffic (outside pop holes, around feeders etc).
I don’t like putting chemicals down where my girls are walking so I was pleased to see that this product contains natural ingredients including Yucca and essential oils with anti-bacterial properties. The product absorbs liquid faeces and forms clumps which makes it easier to pick up faeces without losing half your bedding material each time. As a bonus it also has insect repellent properties.
We will soon be coming to an end of the restrictions in some areas but DEFRA have made it clear that we should all make efforts to sanitize range areas before letting hens outside. Wet and muddy areas should be dried out where possible and this is where Agrisec 250 Plus can help. For general range disinfectant DEFRA are suggesting washing down paths or hard standing and treating ground areas with an approved viruscidal product like Virkon S, which is now available in our shop.
If you are unfortunately in an area of higher risk and have to keep your hens restricted, Agrisec 250 Plus will help to keep your coop fresh and your hens happier.
Our advice line sometimes receives calls from anxious re-homers who report that their hen has fluffed up her feathers.
Hens hunch down and fluff their feathers out to trap air and retain warmth – rather like trying to create their own 15 Tog duvet.
Hens that are under the weather benefit from extra warmth but this needs to be delivered in a safe method and hens should never be overheated. Hot water bottles are a no no – they can puncture easily with a hen’s sharp claws and microwave heat pads tend to cool down too quickly.
Here at BHWT we use heat lamps in our hen hospital. A heat lamp gives a safe and regular amount of warmth mimicking a warm sunny day and allowing the patient to conserve the energy they waste by fluffing themselves up.
If you have the space to set up a heat lamp your hens will feel the benefit. It can also be used during extreme cold spells to make the ambient temperature warmer.
There's an icy blast currently hitting the UK, making it even more important to ensure your girls are nice and cosy. And Dengie Fresh Bed definitely offers cosiness for coops.
It's lovely and soft, and the added pine oil helps to keep their coop smelling as fresh as a daisy, and is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Just in case you need some more cosiness coaxing, here are some gorgeous girls snuggling down in their Fresh Bed-filled coops!
Your girls deserve the best, especially while they're being confined due to avian flu, so treat them to some Dengie Fresh Bed today.
Dengie Fresh Bed for Chickens is available in two sizes and is delivered direct to your door within days of ordering online. The price includes post and packing.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me - two chicken plaques and a chicken in a pear tree!
Pick up one of our great plaques for the hen lover in your life this Christmas - they'll love it!
Each sign measures approx 13 x 9cm and are easily fixed to a gate or fence.
My true love gave to me...a chicken in a pear tree!
We're aware that's not quite how the song goes, but bear with us! Yesterday we kicked off our 12 days of Christmas in the lead up to our final Christmas delivery date - 16 December.
You can still order after this time, of course, but we won't be able to guarantee delivery in time for the big day!
In the lead up to December 16 we will be letting you know about a different product every day, and each one will make a fab Christmas present, so keep an eye out if you're stuck for ideas!
First up is our Sponsor a Hen scheme! We have three beautiful girls for you to choose from - and don't they look Christmassy?! Sponsoring a hen is a fab gift for someone (or even for yourself!) plus ALL the money goes towards helping save more hens.
Just visit our website (click the link above) to find out what it's all about!
We're not sure about you, but all this Black Friday talk has left us (and Frieda here) scratching our heads wondering if these bargains are in fact too good to be true? So why not get your feel good factor in a different way this Black Friday by shopping with us and raising money to save more hens?!
Yes, everything will still be full price but that's because if we slash prices we also slash the amount of money being put back into the charity to help continue our work! And that's not a good thing, wouldn't you agree?
So take a look at some of our lovely products below and shop safe in the knowledge that you're doing something wonderful (and avoiding a fight over that flat screen TV in the supermarket!).
Gifts for her
Gifts for him
Gifts for hens
The weather's getting chilly, the scarves and hats are out and it's beginning to feel distinctively festive! All of which gets us very excited thinking of log fires, mulled wine, mince pies and of course - presents!
With that in mind we've pulled together some of our most beautiful products which your family and friends (and your hens!) are guaranteed to enjoy. We hope you love them as much as we do! And remember, all profits help save more hens.
Click here to get shopping!
There's a pretty simple reason why we love Dengie Fresh Bed for Chickens so much - because our girls love it! And if it makes them happy, it makes us happy.
The bedding was developed in conjunction with The British Hen Welfare Trust and is perfect for keeping those coops warm and cosy during the colder winter months. It has added pine oil to keep your hen house smelling fresh. Pine oil also gives the bedding natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
But don't just take our word for how great it is - here's what previous purchasers think (and keep scrolling down to also see which Olympian uses Dengie Fresh Bed!):
Linda Austin *****
"Have recently changed over to Dengie bedding and our ex-bat ladies love it. It smells nice and it's lovely and soft for them. During these colder months Dengie is a lot warmer for them and there seems to be a fight each evening to see who can get into the nesting area quickest."
Kristine Johnson said: "Keep your girls cosy and fresh" *****
"I buy on-line and it is delivered in double wrapping which means it is easy to extract and not make a mess. My girls like to cosy into the straw. 100ltr goes a long way. Once you've tried this, you won't want to use an alternative. Well done for an excellent product."
Tom Weston said: "Best bedding ever" *****
"Ordered one afternoon, delivered next morning...unbeatable service. The girls love it, they all used the nest box with the new material rather than the old wood shavings even though the pot egg was in the wood shavings. Now in all nest boxes. A great product, soft and gently aromatic. Thank you from Rosie, Willow, Lucy, Sophie, Bluebell and Tawny."
Click here to buy your own Dengie Fresh Bed!
Prevent worms building up by regularly rotating pens in muddy or highly stocked areas reducing earthworm hosts.
Reducing stress will also help prevent intestinal worms from proliferating
Worm eggs are very persistent and resistant to many common disinfectants
Worming 3 monthly (or 6 monthly in the Spring and Autumn) is strongly advised.
To purchase Flubenvet simply visit the Chicken Vet website here
Chicken Vet Poultry Multivitamins
Good news - we have CV Poultry Multivitamins back in stock! This is a great product to give your girls if they're in need of a boost, particularly during times of stress or if they're poorly. It can be used with all ages and types of poultry and is also useful to give your hens during extreme temperatures or wet weather.
The product is made up of vitamins, minerals and amino acids plus essential oils and antioxidants and is ideal for giving hens a bit of a lift when they need it. If they have been poorly or stressed then some of their nutrients will have been used up in larger quantities than others, which is where multivitamins come in. They can help stabilise your girls' nutrient balance and, because chickens usually keep drinking even if they have lost their appetite, adding multivitamins to their water means they keep getting the nutrients they need.
Click here to buy your multivitamins from our online store.
Why should you be the only one going to the gym? Why not encourage your girls to get fit by setting them the challenge of the Chicken Gym?
Following the huge success of the Chicken Swing, by Omlet, we are delighted to be able to offer the keener sporty hens out there the chance to work out both bodies and brains with the Feathers & Beaky Chicken Gym. Use tasty treats to encourage your hens around the course … fun for feathers and family alike!
Chicken Gym Tunnel & Slalom
Use their favourite treats to entice them through the tunnel and weave around the poles.
Each ‘Tunnel & Slalom’ pack contains:
1 x adjustable height 1.3m long tunnel
5 x 45cm weave poles
Easy assembly - full instructions included
Chicken Gym Hoop & Hurdle
Guide your hens through the hoop and over the hurdle, increasing the height as they improve.
Each ‘Hoop & Hurdle’ kit contains:
1 x adjustable height hoop and stand
1 x adjustable height hurdle and stand
Easy assembly - full instructions included
Print a Chicken Gym Score Sheet and record your chickens’ progress; and with a little bit of practice this summer your hens will soon be Olympic chicken champions!
Both the Feathers & Beaky Chicken Gym Tunnel & Slalom and Chicken Gym Hoop & Hurdle are now available to buy from our online shop.
So you think it’s just kids that like swings eh? Wrong - hens love them too!!
We have tried and tested this innovative design and once hens get into the ‘swing’ of things, this is a must have for every spoilt hen home.
Our top tips for helping your hens to have some playground fun:
Place The Chicken Swing™ free of obstructions as it swings above the heads of the hens in your coop, roughly about knee-height to prevent the swing from spooking or hitting the other hens.
- If you have a trusting hen, place her up on the swing and immediately reward her with a treat, perhaps a few meal worms. Once she is used to being on the swing, gently give it a push and give her a treat each time it swings towards you. Soon she will jump on the swing when she hears the bag shake, and the rest of your girls will follow suit!
- Introduce the swing soon after bringing them home from one of our Hen Collections – it will become an addictive part of their free range retirement!
Order your Chicken Swing now