Management and health

Management

It is well known that knowledgeable and conscientious management, and ‘good stockmanship’ plays a vital role in producing a healthy and robust flock. Spending sufficient time with the birds, paying attention to their behaviour and environment are key to help minimise their stress levels and reduce the likelihood of injurious pecking starting in a flock. Attention to detail is vital when keeping hens.

Inspect the birds Provide a consistent housing environment

Inspect the birds

Provide a consistent housing environment

Reduce fear and stress

Reduce fear and stress

Health

Birds affected by a disease outbreak will be more susceptible to incidents of injurious pecking and often have poorer plumage condition. Disease prevention within the flock is important for many reasons. To help prevent disease outbreaks occurring a written ‘Poultry Health and Welfare Plan’ should be devised in conjunction with a veterinary adviser.  To be effective, the plan should be specific to the site, not a generalised document, and it should be reviewed regularly. The plan should also include regular monitoring of the health and welfare of your birds, ensuring any problems are acted upon immediately to prevent escalation of a problem.

How to control parasites Managing turnaround and biosecurity

How to control parasites

Managing turnaround and biosecurity

Making improvements

FeatherWel - improving feather cover AssureWel - improving feather cover Defra guide

FeatherWel management guide
[pdf, 5.49mb]

AssureWel advice guide
[pdf, 661kb]

Defra feather pecking guide
[pdf, 503kb]

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