Chicken health

It's good to keep an eye on your girls to make sure they're in top physical condition. Healthy hens should be bright and spritely with their tail up and keeping active.

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General check-up
You should observe and give your hen an occasional check over to make sure they are healthy and it's also good practice as it enables you to identify any potential illness early on and treat it. more

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Common ailments
At some point, just like humans hens can become a bit under the weather from time to time. It's natural when caring for hens that at the slightest change in a hen can send many keepers flapping. more

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Moulting
Each year your hens will moult which is completely normal. They go through this process to renew their feathers and the areas where they are most likely to lose coverage is the head, neck, thighs back, wing and tail. more

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Broodiness
Depending on what breed of chicken you keep depends on the likeliness of whether they'll go through a broody phase each year. more

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The chicken is the closest living relative of Tyranosaurus rex.