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Easter Free Range Friday!

Are you struggling to think of a theme for your Free Range Friday? Why not hold one on Good Friday! Simply stock up on chocolatey treats (and make sure any cakes contain only free range eggs!) and swap them in exchange for a donation. Better yet, you could be in with a chance of winning […]

Mud mud glorious mud…

By Gaynor Davies It doesn’t seem to have stopped raining since November. If your hen run looks anything like mine you’ll probably be sick of seeing mud and slipping about in your wellies. Can anything be done to improve conditions for the girls until the sun starts to shine and we have drier ground again? […]

Put a spring in your step!

With spring on the way, the evenings will be lighter and the weather will be brighter. It’s the perfect time to get those running shoes on and get training. There are hundreds of events each year which offer you the opportunity to raise money for hens, no matter what your fitness level. We have put […]

Charity calls for crocheters!

As you may have heard we love all chickens, especially these lovely little crochet chickens! They are so popular we have run out again and we really need some more as we take them to the shows to help raise funds. If you are a crocheter please take some time to make us a little […]

Avian flu restrictions from 28 February

Defra has announced new restrictions in England going forward from 28 February. From 1 March there will be a more targeted approach to protect birds against avian flu, which will result in around 75% of people being able to let their birds outside. Defra has designated ‘high risk’ areas where birds must remain housed or kept […]

Worming your hens

By Gaynor Davies All animals can (and do) pick up worms. Hens are no different. Do not be lulled into thinking that your hens don’t have visitors just because you haven’t seen any in their droppings; if you are actually seeing worms in the droppings your hen has a heavy worm burden. Worms lay thousands […]

#chipinforchickens fundraising update

We are storming ahead with the fundraising for our new welfare and education centre! The facility will be the UK’s first and will be built at Hen Central here in Devon. Not only will the building be a dedicated re-homing centre and a vast improvement on our current facilities, but it will also give us […]

Registering with Defra

As part of our promise to keep you AI informed, we have more information for you regarding the registration of your flocks with APHA (the Animal Plant Health Agency is a department within DEFRA).  Here is the reply we received from the APHA when we asked for clarity on registering small flocks: “We are grateful […]