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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 […]

Remember your hens during firework season

Fireworks will be going off with a bang all over the country this weekend, and we can’t wait! However it’s important to remember your hens, so here are a few tips to ensure they remain calm and happy throughout the festivities. While most people take extra precautions to look after their cats and dogs we’d […]

Runny eggs declared safe for ‘vulnerable’ people

We’re welcoming the news this morning that eggs stamped with the Lion mark have been officially declared safe for vulnerable people such as pregnant women and young children. The news first surfaced in 2016 when a food safety committee’s report concluded that raw or lightly cooked eggs could be served to groups of ‘vulnerable’ people. […]

Double award success

The British Hen Welfare Trust is celebrating being shortlisted in two prestigious charity awards. The charity is one of five charities shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 21 September.   We have also been shortlisted for the […]

Nine-year-old Benjamin takes on global biscuit brand

Nine-year-old BHWT supporter Benjamin Nicholson is taking on global biscuit brand McVitie’s in a bid to get them to stop using caged hen eggs. After finding out about the charity’s #BHWTfreerangecampaign Benjamin stopped eating Jaffa Cakes, which contain caged eggs, plus his favourite Gold Bars because they are both made by McVitie’s. He has also […]

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 […]