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Allotment hen-keeping tips from the RSPCA
  • Housingshouldbewarm,dryand well ventilated
• Providewoodshavingsonfloor
• Feedandwaterfacilitiesshouldbe provided within the house
• Donotoverstock;thiswillavoid conflict
• Perchesshouldbeprovided–15cm of space per bird
• Houseshouldbecleanedout frequently and disinfected to ensure that there are no harmful parasites
• Pastureshouldbeprovided;allow parts to recover by dividing and rotating access
• Outdooroverheadcovershouldbe provided to give protection from the sun, bad weather and other animals
• Providedrysoilwheretheycan dustbathe and forage
• Strawwillalsokeepbirdsoccupied and encourage them to carry out food searching behaviours
• Fencesshouldbewellmaintained and provide appropriate protection against other animals and prevent escape
• Keepatleastthreehens,whichget on well together
• Mixing of chickens that are unfamiliar with each other should be done carefully
• Healthybirdsappearalertand interested in their environment, and look ‘bright eyed’ and well hydrated.
• Signsofpoorhealthmayincludea hunched posture, erect feathers and a reluctance to move
• Chickenscanbesusceptibletolice and red mites
• Poultryneedregularworming, particularly if they are kept on the same ground for more than a month
The full text of this advice can be found at: content/uploads/2014/11/Welfare-of- animals-on-allotments.pdf.
Keep at least three hens, which get on well together
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