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Country Smallholding: Flockdowns Could Become an Annual Occurrence Experts Say

BRITAIN’S POULTRY-keepers should plan for annual ‘flockdowns’, chicken experts and Defra have suggested. After six months of captivity, the UK’s hens were allowed out to range again on 2 May, but with avian flu circulating in Europe’s wild birds these mandatory housing measures could become an annual occurrence…

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Sainsburys: Food Hero

Recently interviewed by Sainsburys Magazine, founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust, Jane Howorth has been helping to improve the lives of commercial laying hens for more than 15 years. Read to see what they discuss…

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The Simple Things: Cluck and Collect

Rachel Barclay always wanted to keep chickens. So when the part-time teacher moved to a Surrey village with her husband, she designed their long, narrow back garden with that in mind. The family – Rachel has two small boys, and a soppy spaniel called Dylan – currently share their
garden with five hens, who provide them with eggs, companionship and even cuddles…

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Country Lifestyle: Keeping Chickens

Find out what’s involved in raising a happy flock of hens and look forward to freshly laid eggs straight from your garden. or many of us, a rural idyll includes contented chickens and fresh eggs daily. But keeping hens is not just the preserve of country dwellers…

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Backyard Poultry: Challenging Times for the BHWT

Just before the pandemic, the BJWT build a brand-new Visitor Center in North Devon, England. COVID scuppered their plans to hold courses and events on site, but it’s worked very well for the socially-distanced rehoming.

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Good Organic Gardening: New Home, New Life

Is rehoming former commercial hens high on your priority list? A surprising number of people seek spent layers, as they’re often called, and derive great satisfaction from seeing them enjoying natural freedoms that may not have been possible in their previous lives…

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Coffee with the Chicken Ladies: Interview with Jane Howorth

Jane Howorth was interviewed by hosts Holly and Chrisie, AKA the Chicken Ladies, and talked about everything from the work of the BHWT, how life-enriching it is to adopt ex-commercial hens, Avian Influenza, our Size Matters campaign as well as improving veterinary care for chickens.

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ITV News: Who Saw Us on TV?

Jane Howorth was recently featured on a national ITV broadcast regarding Avian Influenza and its impact alongside Dr. Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer from DEFRA.

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News Eggs-tra: How to Give a Home to a Happy Hen

This Easter you could welcome your own pet spring chickens into your home by adopting laying hens! You can book now or add your name to the trust’s ‘cluck to be notified’ list for people looking for hens to adopt.

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Take a Break: Size Does Matter

Somewhere along the way, we have decided bigger is better. But we know that’s not true. Large and extra-large eggs carry health risks for hens and making the switch to small or mixed weight not only protects the animals but also means farmers get a fairer price for each egg laid. Enjoy eggs at their natural size — without genetic modification.

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The People’s Friend: Healthy Hens

The British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association recently joined the British Hen Welfare Trust campaign to encourage people to buy smaller eggs.