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Healthy Chickens Check List

Healthy Chickens Check List

In this post Jason Weller of Mantel Farm focuses specifically on the health and welfare of your flock. Sitting down to write my first Home Farmer post seems a daunting task. Keeping readers interested month to month on the subject of keeping poultry – a topic which has been tackled repeatedly – is a considerable […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

From the 18th of January 2018, following the discoveries of wild birds in both Dorset and Warwickshire infected with the H5N6 strain of avian influenza, a prevention zone has applied to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England, and from the 25th of January 2018 a similar prevention zone has been in place […]

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

  The most obvious birds with special needs are re-homed birds via the British Hen Welfare Trust or similar, which may never even have seen the outdoors prior to their retirement from the commercial world, but I have tried to deal with the question of combining different birds, dealing with particularly nervous birds and keeping […]

By January 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Bird Flu Prevention Zone to Cover Whole of England

Bird Flu Prevention Zone to Cover Whole of England

A bird flu prevention zone has been extended to cover the whole of England, according to a statement published jointly by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and the Animal and Plant Health Agency, including a legal requirement for all bird keepers in England to follow […]

59,000 Ex-commercial Hens Will Enjoy a Free-range Christmas in 2017

59,000 Ex-commercial Hens Will Enjoy a Free-range Christmas in 2017

Christmas is the perfect time of year to get together with friends, family and pets to reflect on the past 12 months, and this Christmas households up and down the country won’t just be snuggling up with furry cats and dogs – they’ll also be treating the feathered friends they’ve saved from slaughter and re-homed […]

By December 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
BHWT Rehoming Day

BHWT Rehoming Day

Back in 2009, in the relatively early days of Home Farmer, I spent time with Adele Hall, the Trust’s regional co-ordinator for the northwest and the gang of volunteers on one of their rehoming days. Prompted by a call-out from the BHWT who want to get more co-ordinators I’ve revisited the article I wrote as […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Royal Approval for British Hen Welfare Trust Rescue Hens

Royal Approval for British Hen Welfare Trust Rescue Hens

Six ex-battery hens have gone one better than most after landing themselves a slice of royal life in Kensington Gardens this week! Re-homed by the British Hen Welfare Trust, this rags-to-riches tale includes one even more significant bird – she happens to be the 600,000th hen saved from slaughter by the charity, and she has […]

UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

UK Officially Free from Avian Influenza

Nigel Gibbens, the Government Chief Vet, announced on Wednesday that the UK has now met international requirements to declare itself free from Avian Influenza, although he reiterated earlier calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease, as there is a real and constant threat as it continues to circulate in […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

A hen charity which has saved more than 570,000 birds from slaughter is celebrating being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. The British Hen Welfare Trust is one of five charities to be shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced on 21st September. Further good […]

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Eggs can be different sizes, and different colours, but you would expect them mostly to be egg-shaped. However, that’s not always the case, and Terry Beebe explains why. Laying eggs is a normal process for hens, and not laying is indicative of a problem, which should be investigated. Exceptions are during the moult and in […]

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