Author Archive

Avian Flu Outbreak

There was an outbreak of avian flu in East Yorkshire earlier this year and we thought it timely to remind you that we all need to do our bit to ensure we comply with legislation and maintain our own backyard version of bio security. Although it’s not a legal requirement for those of us with […]

Homes wanted for Spring chickens

Meet Daffodil and Snow Drop, two ex-bat hens, who at just 18 months old have reached the end of their commercial laying life. Under normal circumstances these girls, along with hundreds of other ex-bat hens, would be destined for slaughter, but thanks to the hard work of the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT), these two Spring chickens will be found a new home with kind hearted members of the public.

Celebrating 10 years of happy hens

A charity set up to educate the public about laying hen welfare celebrates its 10th anniversary today (April 15th 2015).

The British Hen Welfare Trust, best known for its re-homing initiative, has found pet homes for over 450,000 commercial laying hens destined for slaughter since it was established in 2005. Jane Howorth, the Trust’s Founder, was moved by a Panorama documentary in 1977 which illustrated the stark conditions inside battery cages, and she is delighted to have reached this first milestone birthday: “I am thrilled to be celebrating our tenth anniversary, and more importantly to have found homes for so many hens and introduced people to the joys of keeping our lovely ex-bats. Of course we could not have achieved this without our wonderful team of 300+ volunteers around the UK; they have worked so hard to help so many hens.”

Find the Golden Egg!

Will you be first to find the golden egg? To celebrate our tenth birthday on April 15th, 2015 we are giving you the chance to win a bottle of champagne for you and a bag of Smallholder Range Feed for your girls.  All you have to do is have a good look around our brand […]

Over 1,250 Hens Homed in 48 Hours!

WOW… you are all so kind! Earlier this week (Tuesday 7th April , 2015) we asked all our Facebook supporters to help share our urgent re-homing appeal. At the very last minute hundreds of ex-battery hens had become available to us and we were against the clock to find them all homes ready for our Hen […]

Happy Birthday to Us!

This year we celebrate our 10th anniversary, that’s 10 years of happy hens and a BIG Happy Birthday to us!

Here are a few words from founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust, Jane Howorth, “I am thrilled to be celebrating our tenth anniversary, and more importantly to have found homes for so many hens and introduced people to the joys of keeping our lovely ex-bats. Of course we could not have achieved this without our wonderful team of 300+ volunteers around the UK; they have worked so hard to help so many hens.”

The Uropygial Gland Explained

Have you ever wondered what that small bump is at the base of your hen’s tail? It’s perfectly normal. The uropygial gland more commonly known as the ‘oil gland’ plays an important role in helping your hen to keep her feathers waterproof and in good condition. As she preens herself she spreads a small amount […]

Tomato, Basil & Prosciutto Omelette

An awesome omelette recipe with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and tasty prosciutto ham! Ingredients 4 slices quality prosciutto 4 large free-range eggs 1 handful different coloured small tomatoes, halved and quartered 1 small handful fresh basil leaves 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, optional olive oil, for drizzling, optional Method Preheat your grill to […]