We change the lives of thousands of hens every year

We are the British Hen Welfare Trust, a UK charity committed to changing the lives of commercial laying hens since 2005.
Our association with the egg industry positively influences the lives of hens, providing a well deserved free-range retirement.
new hen keepers annually joining the BHWT community
hens saved from slaughter and have tasted freedom
BHWT hens enjoying a free-range retirement yearly
volunteer led adoption sites across the UK

All bird keepers are now legally obliged to keep their birds under cover and to raise their biosecurity, even in a home environment. It is vital that wild birds and vermin are kept away from any backyard poultry or pet hens.

There will be no further rehoming activity with effect from 12th December until the Avian Influenza situation improves. When it is safe to recommence our lifesaving rehoming work we will be up and running immediately.

"In summer Demelza enjoys sunbathing in the morning sun, returning to the shade as it gets warmer. She often indulges in a quick snooze, but makes sure to lie on her corn to stop not only the other hens, but also the colony of sparrows that live in the rafters of our cottage from helping themselves to a snack. She certainly seems to be enjoying her retirement!"
"She’s been part of the family for three years, along with up to nine other girls. She has a big personality and when treats are scattered she prefers chasing the others away rather than eating. She behaves like a dog, following humans and chasing our cats around the garden. Being nosy, a vantage point like the bird bath is perfect."
The Girls
"The ladies enjoying a stroll in the garden. They are now all fully feathered and quite tame. We have daily snuggles, though some are more affectionate than others. My cat has resigned herself to the fact that these are the new ladies of the house, and garden, and that she must keep well out of their way!"

Get involved with the British Hen Welfare Trust

Our volunteers are one of the most vital parts of the charity, generously donating their time and energy.
If you would like to be involved in our work, there are lots of ways your help can really make a difference and we would love to hear from you.


Want to stay up-to-date with all things BHWT? Here is where you can find all news stories, achievements and articles relating to the British Hen Welfare Trust as well as our own Fresh Laid News and Chicken & Egg magazine.


Here you will find everything you need to give your hens a wonderful new home.
We stock a range of products to help you care for your hens, all of which have been tried and tested by our adopters across the country.
We have a great range of hen keeping equipment, health products and accessories, so everything you need to keep your girls happy.