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How many eggs is too many?

In a recent article for The Daily Telegraph, columnist Rowan Pelling questions the joy and satisfaction that comes from keeping hens. This obviously came as a shock to the BHWT team, and we know many of our supporters will be equally aghast at the suggestion that hens aren’t cosy-option pets. Here at Hen Central, we’re […]

Sainsbury’s commits to free-range eggs

We’re welcoming the news that Sainsbury’s has committed to selling only free-range eggs in its stores from April 2020, joining the likes of the Co-op, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. The major UK supermarket sells 2.2 million eggs per day – or 800 million per year – which will result in a lot more happy […]

Suitably Qualified Person

A Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) is an animal medicines advisor, a legal category of professionally qualified persons who are entitled to supply certain veterinary medicines under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. Our Gaynor Davies, who is the charity’s Head of Operations, is now a Suitably Qualified Person and so can advise on your worming routine for your hens and […]

Chilled out chickens

Believe it or not hens can get stressed too. A visit from a neighbour’s dog or a close shave with a fox can leave your girls extremely stressed and unsettled. There is a simple and natural remedy you can use which will help to calm and settle them. In the 1930s Dr Edward Bach established […]

Wing clipping

Hens are not the most aerodynamic of birds! Heavy breeds such as Marans and Orpingtons seldom attempt flight but some lighter breeds are more adventurous. A determined hen can fly for a short distance if she sees an inviting foraging area over a fence. Hens commonly fly down from high perches and some enjoy roosting […]

British Hen Welfare Trust named JustGiving Charity of the Year 2018

The British Hen Welfare Trust has been named the JustGiving Charity of the Year! We were one of three shortlisted charities who received the most public nominations, and were crowned the overall winner at a glittering awards ceremony in London on Tuesday, 20 November. There are 25,788 charities registered with JustGiving and a whopping 45,000 […]

Keeping hens happy during firework season

Firework season is upon us, and bonfire night itself is nearing, which is terrific news for those of us who enjoy this time of year. But what about our feathered friends who can suffer from stress during this time? Chickens are sensitive creatures which thrive on routine and dislike sudden loud noises or changes to […]

Keeping your girls cool

When the weather heats up, so do your hens, so it’s important to keep them as chilled as possible. There are several steps you can take to achieve this including: Ensure access to fresh, cool water at all times. Replenish twice a day if it gets warm. Your hens will need a shady area to […]

Chicken MOT

Do you know your hens’ keel from her crop? If not, check out our hen examination guidelines! It really is worth familiarising yourself with all aspects of your hens’ anatomy – that way you know what’s normal for her and what’s not. Our advice is to regularly check your hens through handling them and become […]