Effie and her bantams

Batty about ex-bats

Domestic bliss - Effie, Jo’s most precious and fragile girl, has finally found total happiness in being the perfect mother hen

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An ex-bat hen enjoying free range freedom

Do we need to vaccinate ex-bat hens?

We’ve just rehomed some hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust in Hampshire and, because we have young children, we were wondering if we should get the hens any vaccinations or boosters, as you have to with our dogs?

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Hens feeding on corn

Rehoming ex-bats

Rehoming ex-commercial hens continues to be a popular pastime among people wishing to keep hens as a hobby. As Joanna Palmer, nutritionist for the Smallholder Range explains, they make great pets and soon become part of the family

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