a balanced diet for
require a fully balanced diet which provides suitable
levels of vitamins, minerals and quality protein.
SPILLERS® Layers Pellets and SPILLERS® Layers Meal have
been specifically formulated to meet the nutritional
requirements of laying hens kept on free range or
are few poultry keeping tips:
fresh water at all times – drinkers (metal or plastic)
are widely available. Try to choose drinkers that cannot
easily be stepped in or knocked over, taking care to
ensure that adequate water supply is always available.
Like us, chickens can quickly dehydrate in warm weather!
• A source of additional calcium at times of peak
production (oyster shell grit is a common choice)
• Insoluble grit needs to be provided at all times
• Feed mixed corn as an afternoon treat
• Offer fresh greens for your hens to peck at (Under
DEFRA guidelines it now illegal to feed chickens kitchen
• Collect eggs daily
• Clean out the hen hutches on a regular basis and keep
a look out for redmite in wooden hen houses
• Also keep an eye out for lice. If your chickens enjoy
a daily dust bath you could mix louse powder in the
• Make sure hens do not suffer from internal parasites
such as worms.
a safe environment
Take care to ensure that your chickens are safe from
predators such as foxes. Chickens love outside space to
roam around but should be kept inside at night. A
combination of wire mesh, wooden boards or electric
fence can help to keep your coop secure (foxes can
squeeze into small spaces and are very good at digging
under fences!). Coops should be cleaned out regularly
and according to DEFRA guidelines, should provide a
minimum of 250 centimetres squared floor space per
chicken, in addition to a nesting box (filled with
shavings or similar) and a perch for standing/ sleeping.
If not living ‘free-range’, your hens will also need an
outdoor exercise space or ‘run’.