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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 […]

Why does my hen need grit?

By Gaynor Davies I am often asked why we advise giving hens grit on a regular basis.  Grit is a vital part of your hen’s digestive process, however it is important to remember that there are different grades of grit and they perform two different functions in your hen. Fine or soluble grit is the […]

Find out which events the BHWT will be at this year!

This year the British Hen Welfare Trust are attending a number of shows around the UK and we would love your help! The shows are a great way to meet new people and chat about chickens, not to mention a free ticket to have a peek around the show! A day at a show usually […]

Have you been told you cannot keep hens?

Check with your local council before adopting hens. Some properties have covenants forbidding the keeping of hens due to their classification as livestock. However The Allotments Act 1950, Chapter 31, Section 12 states that regardless of clauses in leases/ tenancies/ covenants/ contracts or agreements to the contrary, the occupier of any land can keep hens […]

Why do my hens lay soft shell eggs?

By Gaynor Davies There is no nicer treat than checking your hen’s nest box and finding a perfect egg laid just for you. However, sometimes the eggs we find are not the smooth perfect eggs that we would find on a supermarket shelf. It is important to remember that whatever the shape, colour or texture […]