Chicken & Egg is a publication by
The British Hen Welfare Trust
The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial
laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference
to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate aim is to see
consumers and food manufacturers buying only UK produced free range eggs, resulting in
a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.
Patrons: Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty, Antony Worrall Thompson, Amanda Holden, Antony Cotton,
Harbour & Jones, The Duchess of Richmond, Kate Humble, Pam Ayres, Phillippa Forrester, Julia Kendell
Dear Supporters
First bit of news ‘cause I’m bursting
to tell you (those who don’t already
know anyway) the charity has
saved the lives of
And I’m just a teensy bit
over the
moon about it!
When I started re-
homing hens nine years ago, my
initial ambition was to save a lorry
load, about 4,000 hens and I just
love the two noughts that have
been added since! Our special hen
number 400,000 is called
Daisy May
and she came out in
Lancashire, courtesy of our wonderful Co-ordinator, Adele Hall.
You can read all about Daisy May in this issue … 400,000, it still
tickles me to say that number out loud and you’ll have to put up
with me all over again when we reach
the half million mark!
So what’s in this issue? Well, you loved taking part in our 2011
Hensus Survey, we had over 1,000 respondents, and we’re
hoping even more of you will
take part in our 2014 Hensus
you will find in the middle pages of the magazine. It’s a
comprehensive survey which will give us lots of information about
your hens and
what makes you love them so much
as well as
other information such as your view on
Chicken & Egg
We hope
you’ll enjoy completing it and we’ll feed all the statistics about your
gorgeous girls back to you once we’ve collated your responses.
We’ve a fabulous interview with ITV newscaster,
Alastair Stewart,
what a lovely man he is
and a fascinating article from vet, Kate
Rew, who treats chickens with acupuncture. We cover the
emotive issue of beak trimming and have an interview with high
street food retailer Pret-A-Manger. Writer Jeremy Hobson offers
advice on
how to spring clean
your hen house, we have news of
our social media award and plenty more. I hope you enjoy it.
Warm wishes
Jane Howorth