What hens love to do all day
Hens love routine, and there’s plenty of that here at Woodland.
Being very social creatures, hens tend to stay close to each other even as they roam.
Mostly hens love to forage. This means keeping moving, looking under trees for bugs and grubs. They do interrupt their search from time to time, taking time out to do a little dustbathing or to get into the sandpits and have a bit of fun. These sandpits are made from old tyres filled with a mix of sand and woodchip.
There are other amusements to fill their day. We have purpose-built or natural shelters for the hens dotted through the paddocks, and to these we often tie a carrot or a swede or even a pumpkin – a real favourite with the hens. They make very short work of them, believe us.
After all that foraging, scratching and feasting they may want to jump into a tree for a little nap. They have fun up in those trees too, seeing who can perch highest.
It’s a full day, made all the better for having all those trees to shelter from the sun or rain, get out of the wind, and worry less about predators.
As with humans, plenty of exercise is good for hens. It helps them maintain the right bodyweight, which in turn helps them produce more eggs. It also maintains their bone density and strength.
Feed is available to the hens at all times.