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International Reach of the BHWT

The BHWT is increasingly helping to improve hen welfare around the world. Working with a myriad of channels such as other charities, through the media, and, our volunteers, holding online events.

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From Britain to Taiwan: Helping Hens Wherever They Need Us

Every year the BHWT saves approximately 60,000 hens from slaughter across Great Britain. But we also help hens wherever they’re in need by supporting like-minded charities in other countries and helping to raise awareness of the issues facing commercial chickens.

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BHWT Says Bonjour to New Affiliation

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.

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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.

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When Belinda Met Pickle; A Keeper to Volunteer Story

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.

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Charity of the Month!

This month, Mochdre Veterinary Practice in Wales named us their charity of the month. Read how we got the honour.

Cheshire Team's 10,000th Hen
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From Zero to Ten Thousand – Cheshire Team Rehomes it’s 10,000th Hen

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.

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Special Delivery to Professor Ben Garrod’s Community Project in Bristol

Special Delivery to Professor Ben Garrod’s Community Project in Bristol
Saturday, September 19th, 2020, Jane hand-delivered twelve very lucky hens to Professor Ben Garrod, evolutionary biologist, primatologist and TV broadcaster. Learn about Ben’s project and how he and his neighbours created a mini poultry paradise.

Hen Rehoming August 2020
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August 2020 Sees over 225% Increase in Rehomings

August saw us bustling around busily again, rehoming hens all the while implementing strict COVID-19 safety measures to protect our staff, volunteers and rehomers. It was not a quiet month!

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Life Behind Bars

Our aim as a charity has always been to see laying hens kept in small, free-range flocks, so putting them in prison may seem like an odd concept.

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Helpful Hens

We all need as much opportunity to smile during C-19 because frankly it’s not been easy living with daily restrictions, so here’s a selection of

Loo Rolls, Eggs & COVID-19
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Loo Rolls, Eggs & COVID-19

We all appreciate that those of us without a ready supply of fresh eggs in the garden initially had to cope with egg shortages, but what has it been like for the egg industry during this pandemic?

An ex-battery hen rehomed by the British Hen Welfare Trust
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Hen Rehomings During The COVID-19 Outbreak

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, please be assured we are regularly reviewing the latest information and government updates to ensure our life-saving

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Eggs: Brown vs. White

In response to the flurry of media coverage about white and brown eggs, we wanted to share some chicken & egg truths. It is, in