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More re-homing dates!

We have lots more re-homing dates coming up! If you’ve been patiently waiting to re-home in any of these areas then now’s your chance. We also have some new sites for you. Just make sure you’re registered and call us on 01884 860084 to reserve your hens.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Avian Flu – reporting non-compliance

We know our supporters are abiding by the Defra Prevention Zone regulations and that you are keen to ensure that everyone who keeps poultry is taking the same precautions. Today we have been advised by the APHA (the Animal and Plant Health Agency is a department within Defra) that if you would like to report […]

An update on avian flu

Afternoon everyone As promised we want to keep you abreast of any latest news, and also provide some further advice, regarding the avian flu threat currently in the UK. HENS STILL RANGING OUTDOORS: we are regularly receiving calls from people who have been letting their birds free range. Please share this post, tell your friends […]

Avian Flu Prevention Zone extended

An Avian Flu Prevention Zone put in place by Defra on 6 December for 30 days has now been extended until 28 February.  Whilst legally we can move hens, bird gatherings are banned and our re-homing work falls into this category.  We must also add that we do not want to exacerbate a vulnerable situation […]

Avian Influenza – Guidance for hen keepers

There have been outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) across Europe. As a result Defra last night declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone across England, Scotland and Wales for the next 30 days (ending 6 January 2017). So we comply with the ruling, the British Hen Welfare Trust will postpone all hen collections over this period. […]

The ‘sore’ truth about eggs

The sore truth about eggs… We all know the human body is a pretty amazing thing, but did you know not all wounds heal themselves? Some deep wounds, such as leg ulcers, remain open and need expensive collagen dressings to help them heal. However, researchers are now looking into the possibility of developing a much cheaper alternative – using egg shells! The process involves […]