The British Hen Welfare Trust has been working with the Little Feed Company, which was created by Hermione to provide an artisan-style alternative to major
This month, we are incredibly proud to announce that we have officially affiliated with a French charity named Champs Libres aux Poules (CLaP), which literally means free fields for hens. We hope that this new charity will touch hearts and minds in France just as the British Hen Welfare Trust has created a groundswell of interest in the UK, raising awareness for hen welfare, promoting hens as pets and making a significant impact on shopping habits with free-range eggs sales growing steadily since we began in 2005.
In January 2021, it was announced that Germany was to be the first country to ban the mass culling of unwanted male chicks by 2022.
There is nothing more rewarding than giving a free-roaming home to ex-commercial hens and watching them rediscover their vitality and freedom. As your hens gain confidence and explore their wonderful new home, a little natural support will go a long way in helping them live happy and healthy lives.
DEFRA Invites Us to Their Conference on Avian Influenza: “What the Spread of AI Could Look Like for Backyard Birds”
2020 will always be remembered as the year we stayed at home. Little did we realise that our chickens would end the year sharing in our confinement, after DEFRA issued a compulsory housing order, compelling us to keep our birds indoors if possible. Some people have questioned the need for our birds to be locked in but it is the only way that we can be sure the spread of the current outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) will be stopped in its tracks.
In February 2020, Belinda Robinson decided she wanted to adopt hens from the BHWT, to add to her already existing flock. As a relatively new hen keeper, Belinda had read online about how to care for ex-commercial hens, but she was surprised by how different they looked to her pet hens. When telling us about her BHWT adoption experience she said that it opened her eyes to what ex-commercial hens look like in comparison…she adopted three hens that day.
Dr Jennie, Bradley Walsh and Four Bennett Sisters; What Else Could You Want on a Sunday Night on ITV!
If you’re not a big Sunday night TV viewer then you probably didn’t see a nod to the BHWT that graced TV screens on Sunday 10th January on ITV. Beat the Chasers is a spin-off show of the popular The Chase with Bradley Walsh, where contestants try to outrun (mentally-speaking) the nations smartest quiz brains, “The Chasers”.
As if Covid-19 lockdowns and tier restrictions weren’t enough to cope with, our hens are now in their own lockdown due to the Avian Influenza outbreaks and the DEFRA housing order. It is now more important than ever that good hygiene and best practices are observed to avoid attracting rats.
Loved by hens, the Allen and Page – Smallholder Range is now available on our online store! You can relax knowing that whether your hens love Layers Mash, Layers Pellets or Mixed Corn, all feeds in the Smallholder Range are approved by the Vegetarian Society and are free from animal by-products.
New DEFRA-approved Nettex Virocur disinfectant here to help flocks stay safe this winter. Make sure you’re ready for anything and check out the latest DEFRA-approved Nettex Virocur here.
After receiving such a lovely fundraising donation from a holistic animal therapist, Martine, we thought we’d have an in-depth look into how she gets involved with the BHWT.
From 14th December 2020 it is a legal requirement for all poultry keepers to keep their hens housed or under netting to prevent contact with wild birds.
2020 doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. A heart-melting story of boy and hen. If you need a little pick me up, discover the boy who wrote a card to his hen; Agnes. Find out more about this wonderful friendship and their hen friends here.
Our Jane got to sit down and chat with another Jane… Dr. Jane Goodall! To say we’re a little excited is an understatement. What an incredible, once-in-a-life-time opportunity!
David and Sarah Marek coordinate and host the charity’s Cheshire rehomings from their home in Nantwich. They, and rest of the Cheshire team, were delighted to reach an astonishing milestone on the 24th October when the 10,000th hen passed through their field on her way to a happy retirement.
Late in September, after we’d finish the last issue of Fresh Laid News, our Founder and Mother Hen, Jane Howorth, won Woman&Home’s 2020 Amazing Woman Award! See the fun pictures from the photo shoot and learn why Woman&Home chose her.
Demand for rehoming hens is still high and we have lots of hens ready to find their new homes in November.