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Warmer weather is on its way

The weather is getting warmer and, as a result, APHA (part of Defra) has issued advice about how best to keep your girls cool, particularly if you are in a high risk area. The agency said: “If you are in a Higher Risk Area and your birds are housed it is especially important to keep […]

Easter recipe – mini egg fudge

We LOVE Easter primarily because you get to eat mountains of chocolate and no-one will judge you! With that in mind, we thought we’d share this recipe from Frantaffstic Bakes for mini egg fudge. It’s a gorgeously indulgent recipe and would be perfect for you to make and serve at your Easter Free Range Friday event […]

Dobies – Herbs for hens!

The BHWT is delighted to be working with Dobies, part of Suttons, who have created a special seed range of herbs specially selected to delight our feathered friends! In addition, Dobies are offering special discounts to our supporters on products in their catalogue or online and donating a percentage of proceeds back to us. We […]

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 […]