My Favourite Things

This month we in­vited JULIE MOORE to se­lect her favourite hen­keep­ing prod­ucts

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Prod­uct re­views

My chick­ens aren’t lav­ished with ex­pen­sive prod­ucts as I wish them to live as nat­u­ral a life as pos­si­ble. Over the years, I’ve recre­ated an ecosys­tem that is as close to the nat­u­ral habi­tat ex­pe­ri­enced by their an­ces­tors, Gal­lus gal­lus. The prod­ucts that I’ve cho­sen re­ally make my life eas­ier car­ing for my flock.

1.Or­ganic Ap­ple Cider Vine­gar (‘ACV’) With The ‘Mother’

As I adopt a nat­u­ral ap­proach to the care and main­te­nance of my flock, I give ACV as a gen­eral all-round health tonic. As well as be­ing loaded with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and trace el­e­ments, it helps to pro­mote healthy gut flora and aid di­ges­tion. ACV also im­proves feath­ers and shell qual­ity un­der nor­mal tem­per­a­tures. Us­ing ACV in wa­ter­ers helps to re­duce slime and bac­te­ria growth as well as in­creas­ing the palata­bil­ity of the wa­ter. Never use ACV in any­thing metal as it will cause cor­ro­sion.

Use raw, un­pas­teurised ACV with the ‘Mother’ (live bac­te­ria and yeast) — pas­teuris­ing vine­gar kills the good bac­te­ria and yeast. Don’t buy ACV from the su­per­mar­ket as this is gen­er­ally pas­teurised.

Add 20ml of ACV per litre of fresh wa­ter. If you’re us­ing ACV for the first time, it’s ben­e­fi­cial to give the above dosage for 10 to 14 days to es­tab­lish healthy gut flora. Fol­low this with main­te­nance pe­ri­ods of ei­ther two days per week or one week per month. Where to buy: A litre of un­pas­teurised ACV for poul­try made from or­ganic British ap­ples can be pur­chased from durham-hens-poul­try-sup­plies. co.uk/or­ganic-ap­ple-cider-vine­gar-1l-187-p.asp for £4.99.

2. Oys­ter Shell

To en­sure that my hens get the cal­cium re­quire­ments they need to pro­duce strong eggshells, I of­fer oys­ter shell as free choice in a sep­a­rate dis­penser from their feed.

Each hen has dif­fer­ent cal­cium re­quire­ments — I find

ABOVE: I of­fer oys­ter shell as free choice

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