CHARLOTTE SHARES A TIP
Eggs are so wonderfully versatile and have the most concentrated amount of protein of any food. I would never want to be without my hens producing this amazing item of nutrition. It is interesting how much research goes into the egg and a while ago scientists at Reading University discovered that free-range eggs have a third more vitamin D than those from birds kept inside, which was very pleasing to hear. Hens roaming in the sunshine need their vitamin D, just as we do, and really enjoy lying in the sunshine with a wing fanned out – the vitamin D is synthesised by ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and this vitamin D then ends up in the egg. So do make sure your hens have some areas where they can do some sunbathing. Shade is of course important as well for when the midday sun becomes too hot. Hens don’t cope very well with very strong heat and will droop their wings away from their bodies to increase the body surface area and cool down (see pic)!
A hen coping with heat