Know How / Layers

With margins becoming ever-tighter, well-performing laying hens are absolutely essential to a profitable poultry business. Here, you will find our full archive of technical features and guidance that will help you achieve persistent, productive laying hen cycles.

Our key areas of focus are

  • Good practices for rearing, transfer and early lay
  • Advice on feeding strategies to ensure the best feed conversion
  • Reviews of the latest technology and equipment for the poultry sector
  • Help in managing birds through ever-longer laying cycles

Latest Know How


Coping with hot spells in free-range layer flocks

Hot weather can be a concerning time for egg producers, with higher temperatures suppressing appetites and inducing heat stress in birds. When it is hot and sunny, many free-range birds…


Advice on using water vaccination for broilers and layers

Vaccination remains one of the tried and tested ways to reduce the risk of production losses in flocks from rising disease challenges. Pathogens can have a devastating impact on farms,…


Grants of up to £500,000 offered for better hen housing

Grants of up to £500,000 for upgrading layer hen and pullet housing, and up to £100,000 for attaching verandas to existing sheds, are coming soon as Defra continues to reallocate…


Why white hens could make a comeback

White hens make up just 8% of the UK’s egg output. But with laying cycles of 100 weeks possible in some breeds and sustainability credentials that tick boxes for retailers…

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