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Jane awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours list 2016

Have you heard our big news this morning? (Our) Jane Howorth, Founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2016! We are all bursting with pride this morning, and could not be more delighted for Jane. This is simply the perfect reward for ALL her […]

MBE for champion of hen welfare

THE FOUNDER OF A HEN WELFARE CHARITY has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Jane Howorth, who set up the British Hen Welfare Trust in 2005, has been recognised for her charitable work which has grown from a ‘one-woman-and-a-van’ operation rescuing battery hens, into a national organisation that promotes hen […]

Happy Christmas from the British Hen Welfare Trust

With festivities underway, and wrapping paper probably everywhere… we would like to add our Christmas thank you on behalf of the lucky 51,600+ hens whose lives you’ve transformed this year. Our girls wouldn’t be enjoying their free range happiness if it wasn’t for your kindness, and we hope you enjoy the holidays with family, friends […]

Happy Festive Free Range Friday!

Free Range Egg Nog – Yum Yum…. With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we would share with you one of our favourite Christmas tipples here at Hen Central. Why not recreate this recipe for your friends and family and ask them to make a small donation towards ‘Free Range Friday’? Enjoy your Egg […]

Vent Gleet

Oh the shame of it. One day your hen has a lovely fluffy bottom the next she has a nasty sticky yellow white paste around her vent and soiling her beautiful feathers. You may also notice her flock mates might keep a wide birth as the smell is really unpleasant! These are all signs that […]

Free Range Friday Fun!

A big thank you to Frankie Lawrence and her flock of hen loving friends for recently holding a fun filled Free Range Friday to help to re-home more hens in time for Christmas! Frankie held a Chicken Run inspired film evening, where guests arrived dressed in hen/egg costumes (one friend arrived as Humpty Dumpty!) and […]

Oh rats!

Rats! It can be frustrating to find that some unwanted four footed company has moved in to our hen run. Often the first indication is a chewed corner on a feed bag, but you may also notice strategically placed tunnel entrances in the soil close to your coop. It is certainly NOT inevitable that hens […]

RSPCA’s 5 freedoms

Keeping any pet is a responsibility and hens are no exception. As hen owners we have a duty to ensure that as far as possible all their physical and mental needs are being addressed. The RSPCA list 5 freedoms that any animal should be able to enjoy: Freedom from Hunger and Thirst: By ready access […]

We need you!

In the countdown to Christmas could you help to support our Hen Advice Line? We know that sometimes hens can have problems just like cats, dogs and other furry friends. Whilst vet knowledge of backyard poultry is improving, we are still often the first port of call for help if an issue arises. The more […]