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Hens on the allotment

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Liz Mills with her husband Neville and their chickens in the cage they erected on their allotment in Worcestershire

Can you keep chickens on an allotment? Liz Mills, from Worcestershire, found she was able to do so. But our writer Andy Cawthray offers a word of caution…

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Rearing chicks

Thursday, April 14, 2016
The incubator lid should only be removed once a good number of chicks have fluffed up

In the third part of a feature series on breeding chicks the natural way, Grant Brereton advises on how to rear them

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Bedding for chickens

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Birds on fresh bedding

Terry Beebe looks at the ‘bedding’ products available for your chickens

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Chicken body language

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Firm friends touching each other as they sunbathe

You can tell a huge amount about your chickens from their body language, here we discuss chicken body language and how to read it

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Look and learn

Monday, February 15, 2016
A camera will help you study your chickens

Chickens are amazing. Just stop to observe their behaviour says Michelle Dunn

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Give them a treat

Monday, February 15, 2016
Assorted treats

Chickens like a bit of entertainment… just like humans. Terry Beebe looks at some options

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Hen horrors

Monday, February 15, 2016
It is hard to brlieve that anny henkeper would keep birds in conditions like this.

Most of us hopefully observe high standards of care and welfare when it comes to looking after our chickens. But there are exceptions. Grant Brereton investigates

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Rescue hen’s world record

Monday, January 25, 2016
The Elliott family from Rugby with Jane Howorth, founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust, and Dee the 500,000th hen re-homed by the charity

One clucky, lucky hen has set a world record for the charity the British Hen Welfare Trust.

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Farewell Squawks

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Squawks, centre, surronded by other birds

A indomitable bird finally reaches the end of the road explains Martin Gurdon

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Cheer up chooks

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Do chickens understand that spring is coming?

Do the chickens realise that spring is on the way? Maybe they do…. explains Michelle Dunn

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Gloomy? Not Greta…

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Gorgeous Greta

One feisty ex-bat brightens up a difficult winter month explains Jo Barlow

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A time to moult

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Slasher has shed lots of feathers

Martin Gurdon’s hens are shedding feathers galore….

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A time to rest

Monday, November 30, 2015
An Exchequer

Charlotte Popescu’s hens take a well-earned break. There have also been some losses…

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A tricky decision

Monday, November 30, 2015
An outside choice for Jeremy is the Ancona. Here are some Ancona banthams

In this feature series, we are asking our writers to choose their perfect flock for the back garden, one that is attractive, interesting, stable, harmonious and with a good level of egg production. This month: Jeremy Hobson

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Effie's secret access to the human's garden

Jo had plans to reclaim some of her garden for the humans … but it was not to be

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A perfect breed for the kids

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Evie and Harry with grandad and grandma on the lawn

Silkie bantams are a great choice for children. Grant Brereton profiles a family from Wales who have had great success with the breed

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The wonder of mating

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
For a rooster, mating represents a physical challenge since all of his reproductive organs are inside his body.

Julie Moore looks at mating and fertilisation in chickens – an amazing feat of nature

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Gen up on ILT

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This one is a bit of a mouthful: Infectious Laryngotracheitis … but henkeepers need to know about it. Victoria reports

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A ‘magic’ tonic?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Make your own ACV - Step 5 Strain out the peel and cores. Pour the remaining liquid into sterlisied glass jars and cover the jar with a piece of cheesecloth held in place using an elastic band.

Many henkeepers swear by apple cider vinegar as an invaluable tonic for their birds. Julie Moore investigates

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Charlotte’s choice

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
An Isa Warren

In this new feature series, we will be asking our writers to choose their Perfect Flock. What breeds would they choose to create a small back garden flock that is attractive, interesting, stable, harmonious and with a good level of egg production? First off: Charlotte Popescu

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A helping hand

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Pots accepted her five new chicks

Michelle Dunn helps bring some chicks into the world

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Nature’s larder

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
A rooster ripping at a freshly dug dandelion root

Mother Nature provides your chickens with so many healthy goodies. Start making use of her medicine cabinet!

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What a handful

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Priscilla is battling againist sickness

A broody Brahma and a sick old stager have kept Martin Gurdon on his toes this month.

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Chicken therapy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tom and his dad Robert assemble a coop

Chickens are good for you. They can be particularly helpful if you are feeling depressed. Thomas, 22, from South London, wrote to tell us his story

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Tumours in chickens

Monday, August 10, 2015
Suspected SCC in the face of a chicken Inset: leukosis tumours in the liver at post-mortem

Lethargy and lack of appetite are among the symptoms of tumours

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