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An update from Dee

Monday 15 February 2016

We are delighted to receive an update from Julie Elliott about Dee (BHWT’s 500,000th hen to be rehomed) – she has settled in her new home with her three new sisters; Willomena, Skinny Winny and Simone.

Dee and her sisters adored the Natural Free Range Layers Crumble when they first arrived and have now happily moved onto the Natural Free Range Layers Pellets along with Super Mixed Corn as an afternoon treat!

It’s lovely to hear that the hens are already getting new feathers coming through and their combs are gaining colour, Julie told us “the change in each hen’s appearance after just 2 weeks is incredible”.

For newly re-homed ex-commercial hens like Dee, the Natural Free Range Layers Crumble is ideal as it is similar to what they are used to and contains all the nutrients your hens need to start them on the road to being free ranging hens! Then if you would to move your hens onto pellets, the Natural Free Range Layers Pellets provide all the nutritional benefits of the crumble but in a pellet form. Remember to mix the crumble and pellets to provide a gradual transition over 7 to 10 days.

We look forward to following Dee’s progress and wish her and her new family the very best and a big thank you to Julie for our update and the lovely picture of Dee by 5 ½ year old Rosie.

If you have any feeding queries about feeding your ex-commercial hens please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Nutrition Team who are always happy to help, call 01362 822 904 or email

If you would like to help a hen like Dee, visit the BHWT website to find out more about the inspirational work they do and how you could offer a home to an ex-commercial hen.

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Update: Avian Influenza Update ‘Higher Risk Areas’
On 10 April the UK Chief Veterinary Officer announced that from 13 April, housing or range netting would no longer be required in Higher Risk Areas. This decision was taken on the basis of the latest veterinary advice and scientific evidence which concluded that the level of risk to poultry in the Higher Risk Areas has now reduced to the same level as that across the rest of England. For more information please visit:
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For helpful feeding advice, contact our friendly Nutrition Team: Call 01362 822902 - Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm or email
Update: Avian Influenza Update ‘Higher Risk Areas’
Further to the Avian Influenza update by DEFRA on March 20th 2017, there are now ‘Higher Risk Areas’ (HRAs) which have been defined to manage the disease. To find out if you are in a HRA, use the interactive map and then follow the below advice: • if you’re not in a Higher Risk Area, then birds can be allowed outdoors into fenced areas provided the areas meet certain conditions • if you are in a Higher Risk Area then keepers must either keep their birds housed, in permanent or temporary sheds; or allow birds outdoors but only into a fenced run which is fully covered by netting
Do I need to feed my chicken grit?
Grit has a very important role to play in poultry nutrition as birds do not have any teeth and therefore require an alternative way of breaking up their feed. A chicken’s anatomy is such that after the food has been stored in the crop it then passes further down the digestive tract into the gizzard, which is also known as a mechanical stomach. Here the pieces of grit ingested by the birds act as tiny millstones, which in conjunction with the powerful muscles of the gizzard break down the feed into smaller particles, making digestion and nutrient adsorption more effective.
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