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It's very unusual for birds of prey to attack chickens and this would only occur with the really big hawks such as Buzzards or with accidental attacks from trained birds of prey such as Harris Hawks, and Sparrowhawks. Kestrels and Red Kites won't take ...
If you think your hens are bored, there are a few things you can try which will keep them more happily occupied. Hanging greens from the sides or roof of the run is a good way to help a hen pass the day and also keeps the leaves clean and prevents the...
Bullying can be a problem when new hens are introduced to the flock but it can also arise for no apparent reason. You can get sprays to use on the bullied bird which make her feathers taste unpleasant to the other birds and this is often enough to det...
We would not say that cats won't try to attack chickens as they will be a novelty to the cat who will want to investigate but once they've been pecked and flapped at by the angry hen, they usually won't try to do it again! Hens can be pretty formidabl...
Some hens like to sleep in the nest and while this isn't necessarily a problem, it can mean that the eggs get very dirty as chickens produce copious amounts of droppings overnight and these can accumulate in the nest, making it very dirty indeed. A...
Although chickens carry far less risk of disease than cats and dogs, it is still not a good idea for children to be playing where there are fresh droppings so we would recommend clearing up droppings if you have small children around. These can be sco...
The Eglu will keep your pets snug and warm in really cold weather. The Eglu has a special twin walled construction which provides an insulating layer in the chicken coop which keeps the interior warm in winter and cool in summer so that the hens are co...
An egg laid without a yolk is what they call a "wind egg" or a "Cock's egg" and these are often the first eggs laid by a pullet as it starts egg production but can also be laid by an older hen if it has had a shock of some kind. It's basically a blip ...
Feather eating is a habit they can get into and you can stop them from doing it by using anti-peck sprays to make the feathers taste unpleasant. When there is a lot of feather pulling, it's worth checking to make sure that it's not being caused by the...
There are several causes of feather loss. Hens usually go through a moult in the Autumn, usually around October or November. The first year tends to be a small moult affecting the head and neck area but the second year is a little more drastic. Hybrid...
We have sometimes brought our hens into the house in a large cardboard box on Bonfire Night in case they were frightened but then forgot all about the fireworks on New Year's Eve! A close neighbour let off a long volley of explosions which made us all...
  Both the Eglu Go and Eglu Classic houses sleep up to 4 medium to large chickens, however the standard 2 metre run that come with them, are really only suitable for up to 2 chickens, as it is best to try and give each chicken about a metre of run each....
Introducing new hens can sometimes be a difficult process but the establishment of the pecking order is usually sorted out within about a couple of weeks and peace will resume again. If, for the first few days, you were able to separate the new hens f...
Here's a list of plants which are supposed to be toxic to chickens... Laburnum seeds Potato sprouts Black Nightshade Henbane Iris Privet Rhododendron Oleander Yew Castor Bean Sweet Pea Corn Cockle Clematis St John's Wort Meadow Buttercup Vetch Ragwor...
Hens often don't start laying when we expect them to after buying them at point of lay. Point of lay can be anything from 15-18 weeks of age but occasionally they can be sold when they are a little younger. They should start laying around 4 weeks from...
Vaccination Programme for Omlet Chickens