Author Archive

The annual moult

Your hen is in peak condition, glossy feathers and red comb one minute then almost overnight she starts to look tatty. Some hens drop lots of feathers (a hard moult) while others have a partial moult (soft moult.) The important point is that moulting is a natural process and does not mean that your hen has a skin disease or parasites. Moulting […]

How does a chicken breathe?

Chickens have a specialised system for getting oxygen into their body and removing carbon dioxide. They use an efficient combination of two methods to obtain oxygen, allowing them to indulge in highly energetic activities such as flying and running. As you might expect, air enters through the nostrils, and passes through the pharynx and trachea. Chickens have long necks because they […]

A fox tip

If you have the terrible experience of finding a fox has visited your hen enclosure, your first instinct will be to pick up any hens that the fox has left behind and you may assume that any hens not there have sadly been taken away. Recently a re-homer flagged up to us that she had […]

Double award success

The British Hen Welfare Trust is celebrating being shortlisted in two prestigious charity awards. The charity is one of five charities shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 21 September.   We have also been shortlisted for the […]

Fly strike

By Gaynor Davies Hens are really good at disguising the fact that they are unwell. This is a natural defence – hens don’t want to appear vulnerable to predators. Because of this diarrhoea or a discharge from her vent and soiled feathers may go unnoticed. Your hen may also stop preening and grooming and be […]

Gardener’s World Live

This weekend we are at BBC Gardener’s World Live Show at the NEC in Birmingham, alongside Poultry Talk and Peck and Feather. You will also be able to get plenty of advice from Dengie about chicken bedding and Unipet about chicken treats and toys, and we even have some feed samples from Allen and Page. […]

Red Mite

It’s that time of year again… Red Mite season! An easy way to tell if you have a Red Mite problem in your coop is to place a small square of towelling material in the corner of your nest boxes or over the end of a perch. Red Mite will hide in the folds thinking […]

National Picnic Week

The aim of Free Range Friday™ is to raise funds and awareness for the British Hen Welfare Trust by asking individuals, companies and community groups to hold a get together with friends, family or colleagues and cook or bake using free range eggs. Fundraising packs are provided which include all the materials you need to […]

Nine-year-old Benjamin takes on global biscuit brand

Nine-year-old BHWT supporter Benjamin Nicholson is taking on global biscuit brand McVitie’s in a bid to get them to stop using caged hen eggs. After finding out about the charity’s #BHWTfreerangecampaign Benjamin stopped eating Jaffa Cakes, which contain caged eggs, plus his favourite Gold Bars because they are both made by McVitie’s. He has also […]