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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 […]

Flipping Free Range Friday!

As Pancake Day is coming up we thought it was about time to hold another Free Range Friday! This time, it involves pancakes – woohoo! If you hold a Free Range Friday between Friday, 24 February and Pancake Day which is on Tuesday, 28 February you could be in with a chance of winning a Nutri Snack […]

How to set up a JustGiving page

Are you ready and raring to raise money and save the lives of thousands a hens? If you are online and would like a nice easy way of getting your sponsorship organised, then JustGiving is the website for you. We’ve put together a miniature guide on creating a fundraising page using JustGiving to get you […]

How does my hen produce an egg every day?

By Gaynor Davies The humble commercial hybrid hen (our lovely ex-bat) has been designed and modified over the years to ensure peak egg production and consistency of yield. Compared to her fancy breed cousins and broilers bred entirely for meat production, the commercial layer carries little spare flesh and concentrates all her energy into produce […]

The most incredible Festive Free Range Friday…

One of our fantastic supporters Yvonne Brunotte has raised another £425 for the BHWT, which now brings her total to a whopping £1,290 since June 2016! We are just in awe of her incredible efforts and cannot thank her enough. We get excited each and every time we know Yvonne will be holding a fundraiser […]